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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FABG Funds Grants for Teachers and Drama Programs

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has awarded $5,330 in mini-grants to 13 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) projects that will reach 2,095 students. Funded projects include support for DeWitt, Boynton, Lehman Alternative Community School and Ithaca High School drama programs grants; Enfield Band Mentors Program; technical theater hand tools; a dance residency in pre-K classrooms; Maori sticks for Beverly J. Martin and Caroline Elementary schools; artist visits following a Kids Discover the Trail! Ithaca Johnson Museum field trip; Boynton Middle School music sight reading assistance; Beauty and the Beast; and Ithaca High visual arts tools for ceramics....(read more)

Retired Teacher Supports Music in Schools: Check IPEI grant deadlines

A retired teacher has made a gift to IPEI designated for “Grants”. She wants to facilitate additional creative integration of music into elementary curricula. In 2015-16, IPEI can fund one Teacher Grant, totaling up to $1,500; and one Red and Gold Grant, up to $500, for projects that do this. Examples include students composing songs related to subject matter, use of instruments, creating instruments from found objects, and writing poetry to music.

Young Artists Show Off Their Self-Portraits

Some of ICSD’s young artists show off their beautiful self-portraits!

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FABG To meet Tuesday, October 13

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, will hold a general meeting Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center lobby. The public is invited to hear arts updates from interim Fine Arts Director Steve Beamish and arts teachers Callie Bryant and Jenna Jordan, as well as information about FABG goals. The boosters serve all the elementary and secondary schools in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD). The public is invited. Food will be provided.

For more information about the booster group, contact Co-Presidents Vanessa Wagner and Alice Wu at president@fabgithaca.org or (607)256-4734....(read more)

Visiting Musicians Jodie Blackshaw and David Worrall in ICSD Secondary Schools

On Thursday, October 15, 2015, the Boynton Middle School Music Department will welcome Australian Composer, Jodie Blackshaw and her husband, David Worrall (former director of the Australian National Air Force Band) to our school. Ms. Blackshaw and Mr. Worrall will work with students in the Concert Band and Symphonic Band during regularly scheduled rehearsals. In addition, all grade 6 - 8 band members will participate in an interactive masterclass with Ms. Blackshaw in the cafeteria at 2:00pm.

The visit to Ithaca by Ms. Blackshaw and Mr. Worrall is a collaborative effort by Ithaca College, DeWitt Middle School and the Ithaca City School District.

This project received support from a Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) Mini-Grant....(read more)

Reminder of Upcoming Grant Deadlines

All teachers are encourage to explore these grants.

October 15: Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) Mini-Grants due applications and information

October 19: Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) Red and Gold Grants due applications and information

and think ahead to….

November 1: Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) Teacher Grants due applications and information

November 19: Community Arts Partnership (CAP) Arts Education Grants due applications and information

Come to Little Apple Fall Follies This Saturday - Jazz at 7 and Show starts at 7:30

The Rotary Club of Ithaca and the Savage Club are pleased to announce their collaboration on a Fall Fundraiser / Variety Show event! The SIXTH annual “Little Apple” Fall Follies (LAFF) will be held in the Kulp Auditorium at Ithaca High School on Saturday, October 3 at 7:30 pm. The local talent showcase features more than 20 stage acts, ranging from singing groups and instrumental numbers to rock and jazz bands. Proceeds from the event go to support community grants from Rotary and Savage Clubs as well as the important work of the Ithaca City School District Fine Arts Booster Group. Tickets are just $12 for adults and $6 for students are available at the door, at Pastimes Antiques in the DeWitt Mall, and online at SavageClubOfIthaca.com....(read more)

Mark your calendar for FABG General Meeting

Fine Arts Booster Group Fall General Meeting Tuesday October 13 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Meet Interim Fine Arts Director Steve Beamish and hear updates on district arts news

Meeting place TBA. Food provided.

Welcome Back to School and Celebrate Learning in the Arts!

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, believes the arts – music, dance, and visual, literary and theater arts – are a central part of every child’s public school education....(read more)

Grant deadlines and Join the Listserv

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has teacher mini-grants available for dance, drama, music, and visual arts projects that engage students. The Fall 2015 deadline is October 15, and Spring 2016 is February 1 for electronic submission. Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers and principals are eligible to apply. Applications are available online at www.fabgithaca.org/receive or by calling 277-4631 or emailing president@fabgithaca.org.

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, promotes communication about arts education through its listserv. This announcement-only listserv encourages members to share information and resources of interest to Ithaca City School District (ICSD) students, teachers, families, arts supporters and the community....(read more)

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