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. FABG works in partnership with the Ithaca City School District to support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids.

To date, FABG has supported the ICSD through awarding $211,000 to 351 projects, received and repaired 173 donated musical instruments, provided voice and visibility to the arts through our listserv and secondary performance booklets, and worked to connect community resources to the schools.

Please support your student’s learning in the arts…. Ask your elementary student what they are learning in visual art and general music classes. Encourage your elementary student to sign up for free instrumental music instruction (string instruments starting in grade 3 and band instruments in grade 4). When in your child’s building, check out the bulletin boards. In middle and high school, take a look at your student’s art portfolio after their visual arts study. Explore the ensemble options with your student, such as the in-school classes of choir, orchestra and band, and after school jazz or choir. Encourage participation in a play or musical, including the stage crew. Ask about after school clubs, such art club, pep band, choral groups, writing groups and more. Consider all the options for fulfilling the high school requirement, many options exist! Attend the concert, plays, musicals and visual art shows! Assist your teachers to apply for FABG or IPEI grants.

We celebrate the ICSD’s commitment to the arts. Join us in supporting our students. Visit www.fabgithaca.org and check out the give tab to find out how you can support the arts with your time, ideas, donations and instruments.