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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‘Legally Blonde’ at IHS a Comedy with Heart—and Lots of Pink

From jump-roping prisoners to singing sorority sisters, Legally Blonde, the Musical, at Ithaca High School April 4-6 is non-stop entertainment, as fun for parents as for teens. It’s a romantic comedy with heart—and lots of pink.

When Elle (Keara Byron) gets dumped by boyfriend Warner (Noah Elman), her sorority sisters (Elisheva Glaser, Lisa Podulka, Maddie Vandenberg) convince her that she can win him back. She follows Warner to Harvard Law School and with the help of new-found friends Paulette (Jewell Payne) and Emmett (Brendan Coyle), Elle manages to succeed in law school—despite the vindictive Vivienne (Cali Newman)—and help wrongly imprisoned fitness queen Brooke (Erin Hilgartner)....(read more)

"MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS" MONTH CONCERT

(Ithaca) The Fine Arts Booster Group announces a special concert to be performed March 12 by the DeWitt Middle, Boynton Middle, and Ithaca High School bands in recognition of Music in Our Schools Month.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Kulp Auditorium in the Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center. The program includes pieces by Mark Williams, Brian Balmages, Charles Carter and others, and will conclude with the combined bands playing Bill Calhoun’s “Jubilant Festival.”

Music in Our Schools Month recognizes the importance of music as a part of an outstanding education....(read more)

Spring Mini-Grants Awarded

The Ithaca Community Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has awarded $2,755 to Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers as mini-grants serving over 2,500 students. Funded projects include Urban Art, an all-school trip to the Hangar Theatre, Botanical Illustration and more.

Funds are raised through the FABG performance booklet advertisement sales. The Boosters produce performance booklets for middle and high school concerts and plays, totaling over 30 events each year.

The Fine Arts Boosters support all the arts for all the kids. FABG strives to foster appreciation for the arts, advocate for the arts, and improve learning opportunities for all in ICSD. To reach these goals, the Boosters fundraise, communicate, form partnerships and give grants....(read more)

Galumpha Returns to The State Theatre of Ithaca with Gravity-Defying Dance and Acrobatics Saturday, February 15 at 3pm!

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State Theatre Partners with IPEI and the Fine Arts Booster Group

They’ve performed for audiences around the world and now the internationally known dance sensation, Galumpha returns to The State Theatre of Ithaca on Saturday, February 15 at 3:00 p.m. This show is the next installment of the CFCU Community Credit Union and Gateway Commons State Series and is scheduled during Ithaca Loves Teachers Week and The Great Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook Off....(read more)

Enfield School Family Art Night

Save the Date: Thursday February 13th 6-7:30

6 different fun & creative art activities for your whole family to try

Christine Finnigan…Fimo creatures

Ashley Click…Henna tattoo art

Iris Milich…creative paper cutting

Sarah Locke…paper kimonos

Jim Hardesty…Chinese brush painting

Maija Cantori…drawing dinosaurs

Snacks provided by PTA

Art Assistants provided by Cornell Gamma Service Fraternity

Event funded by IPEI Red & Gold Grant

Seneca Tompkins Music Educators Association All County Choral Festival January 17 and 18

The Ithaca City School District is hosting the Seneca-Tompkins Music Educators Association “All-County Choral Festival” this weekend January 17th and 18th, 2014, at the Ithaca High Performing Arts Center. There will be 280 of the most outstanding middle and high school singers from seven area school districts participating in the event. A free concert is scheduled on Saturday, February 18th at 3.00. Students from around the county come together to rehearse then perform, led by guest directors Joseph Stillitano and David Brown with accompanists Lisa Winans and Kristin Zaryski.

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, is assisting with hosting teachers and directors....(read more)

ARTS MINI-GRANTS AWARDED TO TEACHERS

(Ithaca) The Ithaca Community Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has awarded $6289.70 to Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers as mini-grants serving almost 1,900 students. Funded projects include music and dance workshops, furniture design and construction, technical theater, storytelling, visiting artists, and many more.

Funds are raised through the FABG performance booklet advertisement sales. The Boosters produce performance booklets for middle and high school concerts and plays, totaling over 30 events each year.

The next FABG mini-grant deadline is February 1, 2014. Email president@fabgithaca.org or check its website at www.fabgithaca.org for an application.

The Fine Arts Boosters support all the arts for all the kids....(read more)

TEACHER RETREAT OPPORTUNITY AT SALTONSTALL

(ITHACA) In the 2013-14 school year, the Fine Arts Booster Group is partnering once again with the Saltonstall Arts Colony to provide retreats for Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers who would like to have a concentrated period of time to work on their writing, photography, visual art and other media. This year, the five-day retreats will run from February 15 - 19.

The application deadline is January 17, 2014. Five participants will be selected through a lottery system. Artists and writers at all stages in their process are welcome to apply; there is no obligation to present a finished product. Apply online at www.saltonstall.org .

The Saltonstall Foundation provides a beautiful, quiet setting for artistic work, with meals and lodging provided....(read more)

ICSD Arts Initiatives Increase Student Participation

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(Ithaca) David Brown, Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Fine and Performing Arts Director, lauded the work of district staff in outreach to students. Brown reported on the “State of the Arts”at a recent Fine Arts Booster Group meeting, discussing arts initiatives and efforts that align with ICSD Board of Education goals.

“Due to some restructuring and rearrangements, some ICSD schools are seeing a 50% increase in students signing up for instrumental music, such as Enfield Elementary Band,” stated Brown....(read more)

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