The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Ithaca (New York) City School District to support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids. FABG is an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative.

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More Details on April 26 Variety Show - Save the Date! " ICSD Coda Conduct"

Surprise talents to be showcased at musical fundraiser

Ever noticed your math teacher’s toes tapping while grading quizzes? Heard your history teacher humming under her breath? They may be among the talented Ithaca City School District musicians who will take the stage at the Staff Variety Show on Sunday, April 26, to raise scholarship money for music activities for ICSD students. The event will be from 3:30 - 5 pm at Kulp Auditorium at Ithaca High School, and is sponsored by the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG)....(read more)

ICSD Named as one of Top Schools for Music Education for third consecutive year

At the March 24, 2015 Board of Education Meeting, Director of Fine and Performing Arts David Brown spoke to Board of Education members and said,

“I would like to thank you for your continued service and love of music and that which you impart on our learners. You have truly created an atmosphere where music is important to our children’s lives. In the last three years we have seen participation levels increase in all regards. We have seen test scores of those that study music outperform those that don’t....(read more)

JEMM Award Grants Access to Music

The Josh Endo Memorial for Continuing Support of Music Education (JEMM) Fund, a fund of IPEI, recently announced the 2014-2015 award of $1,000. JEMM annually supports music education needs with priority for elementary student instrument rental scholarships and secondary student instrumental music group trip scholarships. The Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) Fund administers the JEMM fund with help from the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an IPEI affiliate....(read more)

ICSD Staff Variety Show: A Coda Conduct, a Fundraiser for the Arts, Mark Your Calendar April 26, 3:30

Join us in celebrating the arts and our wonderful teachers. A Staff Variety Show to support the arts is set for April 26, 3:30 at Kulp Auditorium. More details to follow soon.

Vote Daily for IPEI March 16-30 on Tompkins Trust Company's Community Minute Challenge - and Help Teachers!

Thanks for Spelling Bee Support and Please Help Spread the Word! Community support is key for the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI)’s work facilitating community connections and support for the students and teachers of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) through engagement, collaboration, gifts, and grants. Read below for our “laurel” thanking everyone who made the Adult Spelling Bee a great success, and for information on two other ways for community members to support IPEI and its mission enhancing education across the ICSD. If you have questions or ideas for IPEI, contact us at, 256-IPEI (4734),

VOTE Daily on Facebook for IPEI March 16-30 Help IPEI provide grants to teachers and community partners to enhance education for students!...(read more)

Paul Strebel Recognized for Dedication to Community Service

The Strebel Planning Group Elaine Krumm – Sales & Marketing Manager 944 Dryden Road Ithaca, New York 14850 607-275-1275



[ITHACA] Paul Strebel and The Strebel Planning Group were recently awarded the 2014 Regional Community Inspiration Award presented by AssetMark, Inc. In recognition of their long time commitment to the local community, AssetMark has donated $1,000 to Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), Paul’s chosen charity....(read more)

Educate Yourself about Current Budget Challenges...GEA and more threaten the arts

The New York State Budget may create real challenges for education. The GEA (Gap Elimination Adjustment) is taking funding promised to schools and thus meaning Boards of Education are faced with cutting staff, programs and using reserves.

Educate yourself by going to, the Ithaca parent group working on this issue. Here you can connect to links with information about the issues, letter writing options and more.

Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Partners with Fine Arts Boosters to Host Teacher Retreat: Teachers Announced

The Saltonstall Foundation and Arts Colony, in partnership with the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, is offering a five-day, four-night retreat for Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers February 14-18, 2015. This residency is designed to provide a residency-type retreat for local ICSD teachers in the following disciplines: creative writing, photography/film/video, and painting/sculpture/visual art. The program is totally free to attend. Five ICSD teachers were selected through a lottery system....(read more)

Thanks to our Spelling Team for IPEI Spelling Bee March 1

Thanks to Ellie Hobbie, Nicki Zawel and Mary Ann Erickson for creating the Fine Arts “Word” Boosters team! IPEI raises money for teacher grants at this March 1 event at Ithaca High School Bliss Gym. Come and join the fun.

Or create your own team, donate an item for auction, be a sponsor or just find out what is happening at

Field Trips Matter and Have Impact

Check out this study regarding the impact of field trips to see live theater.

“Culturally enriching field trips have significant educational benefits for students whether they are to see an art museum or live theater. Among students assigned by lottery to see live theater, we find enhanced knowledge of the plot and vocabulary in those plays, greater tolerance, and improved ability to read the emotions of others.”

Thanks University of Arkansas for doing this work.

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