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, facebook help 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.

Grant Committee - help us decide about grant giving

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.

Ithaca High School Schedule Change

In 2022-2023, Ithaca High School is transitioning to a schedule change that will include seven periods with a “universal lunch” period.

After a recent meeting, IHS leaders advised that any feedback on this change, conflicts with your student’s choice or schedule can be shared with them. See below. The idea is to understand issues as they happen to maximize success.

ANY FEEDBACK, send your emails to Ithaca High Principal Jason Trumble and copying Daphne Shululu and Patrick Hovey. Feedback can come from teachers, students and community members. Let your networks know, especially middle school families who are signing up for classes now. with cc: to and

Help with NYSSMA at Trumansburg April 29 and 20, 2022

The New York State Schools Music Association (NYSSMA) Solo and Ensemble Festival is in Trumansburg this year and volunteers are need. See the link below to sign up.

NYSSMA is April 29 and 30. Hope Lewis, the Trumansburg contact, can use our help!

Here is the link to sign up:

Cohn Music Scholarships

Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund, an IPEI Fund, Awards Grant The Fine Arts Booster Group, an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), announces summer music scholarships awarded through 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 (ICSD), the fund will provide music scholarships for summer study through the Ithaca Youth Bureau (IYB) Summer Band and Orchestra Program. New in 2022, the IYB program will also include choir....(read more)

LACS presents A Little Shop of Horrors

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New free guidebook high school and college students... explore arts and humanities

Check out this new resource guide - free - by Christine Henseler. Something high school students, college students and parent/caregivers should read! Arts and Humanities: Don’t Leave College Without Them! Click here

Saltonstall Teacher Retreat - Teachers Chosen

Thanks to Saltonstall for this great partnership. Teachers have been chosen for the retreats during the 2022 school breaks!

Feb 19-23: Aurora Rojer (humanities teacher, LACS) Jessica Stratton (artist, Lansing H.S.) RJ Malabanan (Spanish teacher, BOCES) Amy Dawson (math teacher, Trumansburg Mid. school) Abigail Bokaer (writer, Fall Creek) Sarah Locke (art teacher, Belle Sherman Elementary School)

April 9-13: Esmé Saccuccimorano (art teacher, Northeast Elementary School) Justin DiMatteo (STEAM collaborator, Trumansburg Elementary) Rebecca Czajkowski (English teacher, Trumansburg H.S.) Jennifer Gibson (instructor / artist, TST BOCES) Michelle Harty (art teacher, Fall Creek / Enfield) Sara Apker (art teacher, Trumansburg Elementary)

Cayuga Heights Elementary Mural Project

From Cayuga Heights Elementary School PTA President Leah Yonker

“Our school has been chosen by the Ithaca Murals Initiative to have a mural painted on the side wall of our school (above where the rock garden lives). This group has been responsible for many of the beautiful murals that brighten our town. Our principal Lisa Sahasrabudhe and our art teacher Marlena Doerr have both been instrumental in bringing this program to CHES.

Our fifth graders have been brainstorming themes and proposals are currently being accepted from artists. Once proposals are submitted (Jan 22 is the deadline) the entire school will be able to vote for the winning proposal....(read more)

Congrats Middle School Band Students

The DeWitt Middle School and Boynton Middle Band Programs are proud to announce that 13 students have been selected as participants or alternates for the 2022 New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Statewide Middle School Honor Band. The participating students will rehearse and perform with the other members of the statewide band at the NYSBDA Symposium on March 4 - 5, 2022, in Liverpool, NY.

The alternates include, Alasdair Smith (tuba), Roxanne Nelson (trumpet), Jona Yamaguchi (trumpet) and Julia Howe (flute)....(read more)

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