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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Wynton Marsalis VIsits ICSD

Thanks to David Brown, Michael Treat, Steve Pond, and Cornell University for hosting and arranging the visit of world class musician Wynton Marsalis.

Wynton will visit the ICSD on Friday, March 23 at 9:30 for a masterclass. It is held in the Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center Kulp Auditorium. Audience members can view the class.

On Saturday, at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School auditorium, there will be an open rehearsal at 10:00 a.m. ...(read more)

Spring Grants Awarded

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has awarded $5,207 in grants to Ithaca City School District (ICSD) programs that will reach 886 students. Grant funds are made possible through Fine Arts Booster Group performance booklet ad sales and donations. The boosters produce performance booklet programs for middle and high school concerts and plays, totaling over thirty events each year. District arts events are open to all, a calendar can be found at or on the district web page.

All secondary schools received Drama Program grants, including DeWitt Middle, Boynton Middle, Lehman Alternative Community, and Ithaca High. Secondary school arts trips will be supported by scholarship assistance. click here ...(read more)

Thanks to the Fine Arts "Word" Boosters

FineArtsWordBoostersSpellingBeeTeam2018.jpgThanks to Lisa Tsetse, Michelle Hitz and Julie Hughes for representing the boosters at the great IPEI Adult Spelling Bee fundraiser.


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ICSD Board of Education Statement on the Spring Musical

Ithaca, N.Y., February 9, 2018 - The Board of Education of the Ithaca City School District remains firmly committed to the education, health and, well-being of ALL of our students. It is in this light that our administration made the difficult decision to cancel the scheduled spring musical, the Hunchback of Notre Dame.. While much has been said about the casting of the musical, this was not the reason for cancellation. Our administration’s decision was based solely upon the significant stress and divisiveness developing in our school community.

Unfortunately, the divisiveness has increased as this story has gained national media attention. ...(read more)

Congrats teachers! From the Saltonstall Newsletter

Welcome, Tompkins County teachers! And the winners are… Congratulations to the ten local teachers who entered our lottery in January and won a free, all-inclusive retreat at Saltonstall.

In February, we’ll welcome: Mary Balfour, a speech and language pathologist in the Dryden school district; Abigail Bokaer, a kindergarten teacher at Fall Creek Elementary; Jon Raimon, a humanities teacher and service learning coordinator at LACS; Mihal Ronen, a 2nd grade teacher at Fall Creek Elementary; and Keith Thompson, a social studies teacher at Ithaca High School.

In March, we’ll welcome: Melissa Enns, a social worker at Beverly J. ...(read more)

FABG General Meeting Jan 22

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, will hold a general meeting Monday, January 22, 2018 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center Lobby, 1401 N. Cayuga Street. The Fine Arts Booster Group supports all the arts in all the elementary and secondary schools in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD).The meeting is open to parents/caregivers, staff, students, and community members.

The public is invited to hear presentations from ICSD Fine Arts and Peforming Arts Director David Brown regarding the “State of the Arts”, as well as classroom instruction information from teachers. The boosters will also review the year’s activities and discuss upcoming goals. Refreshments will be provided at the meeting.

From the IPEI Annual Report: Fine Arts Booster Group

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) believes the arts – music, dance and visual, literary and theater arts – are a central part of every child’s public school education. FABG celebrates ICSD student learning in all the arts through grant support, scholarships, instrument recycling and communication. ...(read more)

New Book Features Boynton Band Special Projects

IHS grad Gary Stith’s new book includes an overview of the special projects offered to students who participate in the Boynton Band Program. Entitled The Conductor’s Companion: 100 Rehearsal Techniques, Imaginative Ideas, Quotes and Facts, it includes many innovative ideas along with a sincere and passionate foreword penned by Tim Lautzenheiser. Attached is the link to the new Meredith website listing of the book.

Special Free Concert January 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. with former ICSD student Cristina Cutts Dougherty

Former student Cristina Cutts Dougherty will return to teach ICSD students and perform a special tuba recital concert. Cutts Dougherty will also be a soloist at the free Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Boynton Middle School concert also held at the Performing Arts Center. As a part of her residency, DeWitt and Boynton Middle School bands and Ithaca High band members will meet with her. Students at Boynton and Ithaca High will also have in-school lessons.

Cutts Dougherty began playing tuba when she was nine years-old in Ithaca, NY and has been inspired by the constant encouragement she received, even after moving away, from her 6th-grade band teacher, Michael Allen. follow ...(read more)

Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Partners with Fine Arts Boosters to Host Teacher Retreat: Deadline Announced

The Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, in partnership with the Fine Arts Booster Group

(FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, is offering a creative retreat for teachers of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers and other districts in Tompkins County during the February and March school breaks. The program is designed to provide residency-type retreats for local teachers in the following disciplines: creative writing, photography/film/video, and painting/sculpture/visual art. The program is totally free to attend. Teachers are selected through a lottery system. The application deadline is January 20, 2018, and the application is available at The residency dates are February 17 – 21, 2018 and March 24 -28, 2018. see ...(read more)

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