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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A Week in the Life: Elementary Visual Art Teacher

30 classes a week, 40 minutes each, reaching 472 children in grades K-5 between 2 schools, all in a 4 day rotation – that is the challenging week in the life of visual art teacher Sarah Locke-Mountin. New York State mandates that visual art be taught once a week in elementary school. In order to meet the challenge of this schedule, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) visual arts teachers master planning and materials preparation so that students can be empowered with the skills and knowledge of the visual world. The visual arts classroom is a place of project-based learning, where students can use all parts of their brain to first understand visual concepts, develop the confidence to try them out and then synthesize the knowledge to create their individual work....(read more)


The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has awarded $3,061 in mini-grants to seven Ithaca City School District (ICSD) projects that will reach 360 students....(read more)


The Josh Endo Memorial for Continuing Support of Music Education (JEMM) Fund, a fund of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), recently announced the 2015-16 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 IPEI Fund administers JEMM with help from the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an IPEI affiliate. JEMM celebrates the late Josh Endo’s love of music and his music education in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD).

ICSD Chief Administrative Officer David Brown expressed his gratitude for the grant, “The ICSD Music Department humbly accepts the Josh Endo Memorial Fund to help offset rentals for families in need....(read more)

Thank you to our IPEI Adult Spelling Bee team, the Fine Arts "Word" Boosters!

Mary Ann Erickson, Nicki Zawel and Shane Henderson made it to the final round and proved that artists and musicians can spell!fabg spellers.jpg

Mini-Grant Deadline Extended!

The Fine Arts Booster Group Mini-Grant deadline has been extended until Feb 6.

The website had some access issues this weekend, so the deadline has been extended.

Find an application there under the receive tab and apply!

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 12-16, 2016. 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)

IPEI’s Adult Spelling Bee is Sunday, March 6

Mark your calendars for the 18th Annual IPEI Adult Spelling Bee, a family-friendly community event with 28 spelling bee teams - three team members each - as well as an official pronouncer, timekeeper, and judges. The Bee is the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI)’s signature fundraising event raising funds for IPEI grants for Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers. Last year over $90,000 in grants was awarded for projects that enhance the education of ICSD students.

Scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Ithaca High School Wellness Center Gym, this fun-filled gathering draws a large crowd of all ages eager to watch the teams of spellers representing local businesses, schools, and community groups....(read more)



The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has mini-grants available for dance, drama, music, and visual arts projects that engage students. Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers and principals are eligible to apply. The Spring 2016 deadline is February 1 for electronic submission. Applications are available online at or by calling (607)256-4734 or emailing An affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), the FABG works in partnership with the ICSD to advocate, support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids. The Fine Arts Boosters strive for increased student access and participation, and for equity in the arts programs....(read more)

Saltonstall Arts Colony Teacher Residency extends deadline to Jan 15

Saltonstall Arts Colony Teacher Residency has been extended to January 15 from January 8 to give teachers a bit more time to apply post break.

Check the Saltsonstall website for the simple application form.

Women's Works Young Composer Competition

Women’s Works of Ithaca is pleased to announce a Young Composers Competition. Women’s Works is dedicated to performing and promoting music written by women. This competition encourages the development of emerging female composers by providing a professional performance and monetary prize of $100 for the grand prize entry. The selection committee will meet in February 2015 to award the grand prize along with winners for categories for 1) under 19 and 2) 19 – 22 years old. Winning compositions under 5 minutes will be performed and recorded in March 2015 by Women’s Works.


  • Composers must be female, and no older than age 22 by January 1, 2016.

  • Submissions of short works will be accepted until January 31, 2016....(read more)

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