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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Join us for Fall 2012 General Meeting

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, will hold a general meeting to meet the new Ithaca City School District Fine Arts Director David Brown on October 25, 2012, 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Boynton Middle School cafeteria. The public is invited to hear about this new position, the district vision, current issues, Mr. Brown’s previous experiences and ways parents and community members can support student learning in the arts. Snacks will be provided.

ICSD Names Fine Arts Director!

Welcome to David Brown! Mr. Brown will join our district September 28th.

From the Ithaca Journal……

Ithaca Schools Name Arts Director

David Brown has been named the director of Fine and Performing Arts for the Ithaca City School District.

The position was created through the reallocation of existing resources. Brown comes from Fayetteville-Manlius schools, where he served as the district coordinator of music since 2007. Under his leadership, Fayetteville-Manlius has been a Top 100 school for music education. Previously, Brown was instructor for music at Pittsford Central Schools....(read more)

MiniGrants Now Available for 2012-2012 Year, Fall Deadline Oct. 30

The Ithaca Community Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has teacher mini-grants available for dance, drama, music and visual arts support or projects. The 2012-2013 fall deadline is October 30, 2012, for electronic submission. Ithaca City School District teachers and principals are eligible to apply and applications are available online at or by calling 277-4631 or emailing . The spring deadline is February 1, 2013,

Past mini-grants have included Kindergarten through Grade 12 support for visiting artists, a student art exhibit, theater supplies, a mural and a pre-school dance residency, for example. Since 2001, the Fine Arts Boosters have awarded over $100,000 in grants for district activities....(read more)

2012-2013 Ad Campaign has started!

Advertise and support the arts in the Ithaca City School District!

Your ad supports mini-grants for arts experiences for Pre-K to 12th Grade students. (Check out to view past funded projects.) Ads, printed in black and white, will appear in the music concert, musical and drama programs for Boynton Middle School, DeWitt Middle School, Lehman Alternative Community School and Ithaca High School. Over 30 separate events, covering 50 days, with a print run of over 9,000, for the entire school year!

Pay through Google Wallet at or write a check to FABG/IPEI with ad in the memo line and mail to the address above. Questions? Email us and your ad to or more)

Our History Story 2001-2002 to Now- Anniversary Stories from Our Tenth Year

Story #1: Our wonderful affiliation with IPEI, making the beginning possible
IPEI: Fifteen & Forward

In 1995, a task force of community members committed to maintaining the excellence of Ithaca’s schools began meeting in response to a challenge set forth in the ICSD Strategic Plan of 1994. It called for a vehicle that could facilitate access to the community resources needed to ensure the success of all students in the district, and resulted in the birth of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI)....(read more)

Booster Meeting March 29

The Fine Arts Booster Group will hold a general meeting March 29, 2012, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Boynton Middle School cafeteria. The public is invited to hear about the state of the arts from district music and art liaisons Michael Allen and Carol Spence. Updates on curriculum, current arts activities and other issues will be presented. The boosters serve all the elementary, middle and high schools in the Ithaca District.

For more information about the booster group, contact President Tina Mollenkamp at or 277-4631....(read more)

Co-Curricular Scholarship Grants Awarded

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, recently awarded grants to Boynton Middle, DeWitt Middle, Lehman Alternative Community and Ithaca High Schools for co-curricular music trip scholarships, totaling $5,000. “In preparation for our tenth year, the booster group held a retreat and evaluated our mission through meetings and a survey. Survey respondents reaffirmed the desire to make the arts accessible to all. Our district works hard to do that. The boosters felt scholarships was another way we could help support students”, stated Booster President Tina Mollenkamp. “The overwhelming support we received through the Arts Alive Fund last year confirmed the community’s support for arts education.”

Music Scholarship Donor Thanks Music Educators

Music Scholarship Donor Thanks Music Educators

Abby Cohn remarked at January concert,

“We are very fortunate to live in a community that not only values but supports music education for our children. Not only is the community and district very committed, we also have a group of exceptional music educators. Our children are given the opportunity to be part of something where the collective experience yields remarkable results, such as tonight’s concerts, as well as participation in state and regional competitions and honor ensembles.

My parents, Rella and Barney Cohn, were not only music lovers, but also believed deeply in the value of music education, so supporting summer music activities is a fitting way to honor them while recognizing the outstanding music educators in our community....(read more)

Rella and Barney Cohn Scholarship Announced

Summer Scholarship Honors Music Educators: Donor Recognized at Concert

IPEI and the Fine Arts Booster Group announce the Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund, established by Abby Cohn in memory of her parents and in honor of the excellent music education available in the Ithaca City School District public schools. The fund will provide annual music scholarships for summer study through the Ithaca Youth Bureau Summer Band and Orchestra Program.

“Continuing music education is important to students’ overall academic, artistic and social development. Summer time music activities help middle school students, in particular, solidify their skills and continue music study into their high school years,” notes Abby Cohn....(read more)

District Hosts Area All State

The Ithaca City School District will host the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) Area All State Music Festival for junior high students on Friday and Saturday, November 4 and 5, 2011. The Area All State Concert will be held Saturday, November 5 at 3:00 p.m. in the Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center. The public is welcome and tickets are available at the door, $3 for students and $5 for adults. The ticket proceeds are used to support continued NYSSMA programming.

“It is an honor and privilege for the Ithaca City School District to host the 2011 NYSSMA Zone 3 Area All-state Junior High School Music Festival at the Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center on November 4th and 5th....(read more)

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