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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Volunteer to Keep Arts Education Strong in the ICSD

Help the Fine Arts Booster Group - volunteer for jobs large and small! Contact

Below are some of the areas where help is need. Communications — a few jobs that can be shared, including disseminating press releases, and posting events, news, and calendars to the FABG website.

Graphics and Layout person — tasks include arranging the pieces provided to create the secondary schools’ performing arts programs

Ad Coordinator — tasks include soliciting advertisers and working with graphic designers and district personnel on ad section of secondary school choir, band, orchestra, and drama performance programs.

Want to Donate a Used Musical Instrument? Click on the Give -Time, Donations, Instruments tab above for More Information

Find information on how to donate your used musical instrument in the “Give - Time, Donations, Instruments” tab above or just email We have changed some of our procedures due to COVID-9 restrictions to help keep our volunteers, donors, instrument repair staff, and Ithaca City School District (ICSD) staff safe during the entire donation process.

Tatiana Byrd named Lee Strebel Memorial Award Winner

Tatiana Byrd named Lee Strebel Memorial Award Winner

Tatiana Byrd was named as the recipient of the 2021 Lee Strebel Memorial Award for Enthusiasm in the Performing Arts. The Ithaca High School (IHS) Underclass Awardees were announced at the June 16, 2021 award ceremony at the Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center. The Lee Strebel Memorial Award is presented each year to an IHS student who has not only participated in performing arts at the high school level but has shown extraordinary spirit in that pursuit.

The award is given in loving memory of Lee Strebel, an IHS student who died suddenly during his freshman year in February 2006. In his short time at the high school, Lee became a standout in the drama department after playing the leading role of George Gibbs in Our Town....(read more)



The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) announces grant deadlines for the 2021-2022 school year to support Ithaca City School District students’ arts learning. FABG Grants application deadlines are October 15, 2021 and February 1, 2022. Applications are available online at , by phone 256-4734, or email Grant applications are submitted electronically.

“Teachers and students have met the challenges of the past year and continued their arts education in creative and unusual ways. We look forward to a new year and our continued support of the Ithaca City School District. Deadlines are announced now to give teachers time to dream and plan,” notes FABG Grants Chair Caitlin Kline....(read more)

Celebrate 20 Years of FABG - Virtual General Meeting June 1 at 6:00-7:15

Join us!

You are invited to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) at our first virtual general meeting, Tuesday, June 1, from 6 - 7:15 pm.

We will hear updates about the state of the arts in the ICSD from Daphne Shululu, Fine Arts Director, and from Steve Manley, Executive Director of Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI). In addition, we will hear updates from ICSD arts teachers and FABG volunteers, including some history on how support for arts education has developed.

RSVP to: FABG president to get the Zoom link for the meeting.

Help with NYSSMA - virtually, need help before June 1

Volunteers Needed for Virtual New York State School Music Association Festival (NYSSMA)

We are looking for volunteers to help transfer NYSSMA scores from one online platform to another for students that participated in our festival this year. We can start working on this by this weekend (May 15) and we need to be finished by June 1.

Contact Erika St. Denis for more details:

Ithaca High School Musical - virtually May 7, 8. 9


The Ithaca High School Drama Club is pleased to announce its production of the brand new, virtual show, A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical. The production is an amalgamation of five months of rehearsal, filming, audio recording in the form of an 80-minute feature film.

A Killer Party will stream online on Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, May 9, at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets for streaming the show are available now at the following link:

Each stream is $10 per device, so your whole household only needs one ticket if you’re watching together!...(read more)

FABG Volunteers Needed For Musical Instrument Donation Program

Volunteers Needed for the “Play It again, Ithaca” (PIAI) Musical Instrument Recycling Program

If you have questions or are interested in becoming a PIAI volunteer, please send an email to

The motto of the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) is “all the arts for all the kids.” To this end, the goal of the Play it Again, Ithaca (PIAI) program is to get unused instruments out from under beds and out of the attics of folks in the community, make them playable (PIAI helps with repairs), and give the recycled instruments to the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) so the instruments can be “played again” by children in need. More instruments means more children in our school district can participate in the musical arts....(read more)

Middle School Honor Band TONIGHT March 6

Eleven Boynton Middle School Band Members have been working hard as members of the 2021 New York State Band Directors Association Statewide Middle School Honor Band. Over the past 2 months they have submitted their performance videos to the project engineer and the final product will be presented at 5:00pm tomorrow, Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 5:00pm....(read more)

ICSD Reimagining Virtual Gallery announcement

Fine and Performing Arts will be adding a virtual gallery space to the ICSD website for staff to voluntarily share student work and process. Along with your students, arts educators have physically and psychologically reimagined ways to make music, art, and theatre this year. Despite great loss, value has been found in community, identity, connections, resilience, solidarity, hope.

“Reimagining” is a virtual exhibition of the silver linings, the power of stepping out of the box, recognizing the boundless, healing power of artistic expression, and highlighting what we value.

Similar to the Digital Time Capsule, the gallery space will be categorized into themes where art, music, and performance can be accessed....(read more)

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