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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Interview with Play It Again, Ithaca Coordinator on Donating Musical Instruments

Dust off that Musical Instrument and Donate it to “Play it Again, Ithaca”

Q & A with Suzanne Snedeker, Coordinator

How long have you been the Coordinator for “Play it Again, Ithaca” (PIAI)?

This will be my 6th year as coordinator for the musical instrument recycling program of the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG).

How many instruments have been donated since you started as Coordinator?

As of the end of the summer of 2018, 108 instruments have been donated since I started in the fall of 2013.

Why do you volunteer for the “Play it Again, Ithaca” program?

It might seem odd that someone who didn’t have a piano lesson until she was 54 years old would be involved in a musical instrument recycling program....(read more)

NYSSMA Area All State Nov 3 at 3

The New York State Schools Music Association’s (NYSSMA) Zone 3 Area All State Concert is set for Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. at the Ithaca High Performing Arts Center. The public is welcome to attend.

Students chosen from the spring NYSSMA Solo Festivals will come together to rehearse and perform with guest conductors. 141 schools and 370 students will participate from around the region. ICSD is the host this year with leadership by Michael Allen, Boynton Band Director, other ICSD staff, and hospitality support by the Fine Arts Booster Group.

Ithaca High School Drama Production November 9-11

Ithaca High School proudly presents the Fall Drama Production: Teach Me How to Cry by Patricia Joudry. A boy and a girl, both outcasts in the world of prom dates and grapevine rumor, stumble upon each other and slowly find their way toward affection, identity and dignity. Performances are Friday. November 9, 2018, Sat. November 10 @ 7:30 and Sun. November 11 @ 2 the Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center Black Box Theater 1405 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY. Tickets on sale in Ithaca High School cafeteria starting November 5 during lunch periods (11 am-1:30 pm) and at the door. Tickets are $8 students/$10 adults....(read more)

Saltonstall Teacher Residency Retreat Appication Deadline January 19, 2019

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 19, 2019, and the application is available at The residency dates are February 16-20, 2019 and April 13-17, 2019....(read more)

Come to the first General Meeting - Open to All - All Grades and All Arts - Oct 25, 5:30


The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, will hold a general meeting Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Ithaca High School Chorus Room, 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 new ICSD Fine Arts and Performing Arts Director Daphne Shululu regarding the “State of the Arts”, as well as classroom instruction information from teachers. The boosters will also discuss upcoming goals. Refreshments will be provided at the meeting....(read more)

Saltonstall Teacher Residency Recipient Gets Another Honor

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Ithaca High School Teacher Awarded Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Fellowship

Ithaca, N.Y., September 25, 2018 - Ithaca High School social studies teacher Keith Thompson is one of 38 highly accomplished U.S. teachers awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE)....(read more)

Read about our Play It Again, Ithaca Program and Volunteer Suzanne Snedeker, Thank you Cayuga Heights Living Magazine

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Article / photos reproduced with permission of ‘Cayuga Heights Living’ magazine, Sept 2018 issue.

FABG has Grants - Apply!!! Oct 15

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has mini-grants available for dance, drama, music, and visual arts projects that engage students. The Fall 2018 deadline is October 15, 2018. Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers and principals are eligible to apply. Applications are available online at , by phone 256-4734, or email Grant applications are submitted electronically.

An affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), the FABG works in partnership with the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) to support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids. The Fine Arts Boosters strive for increased student access and participation in arts programs....(read more)

FABG Ad Sponsorship Campaign Set to Begin - Support Arts Education!

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, is seeking advertising sponsors for its 2018-2019 performance program booklets for Ithaca City School District (ICSD) secondary schools’ events including concerts, dramas, and musicals at Boynton Middle School, DeWitt Middle School, Lehman Alternative Community School and Ithaca High School. Display ad space is available for sponsors who would like to support FABG activities throughout the ICSD. Contact the boosters at

Performance program ad sales support the Fine Arts Booster Group’s Mini-Grants for teachers that fund enhanced arts experiences for students....(read more)

Thank you Saltonstall... Teachers, glad you had wonderful retreats....Next year we will do it again!

The wonderful Saltonstall Arts Colony offers teacher residency retreats during our winter and spring breaks. We are happy to continue the partnership again next year. FABG provides grant support for this great opportunity.

Here are some of the teacher comments from 2018:

I feel so fortunate to have been the recipient of a Saltonstall Teacher’s Residency in March 2018. It gave me a chance to be removed from the demands of everyday life and find a quiet space in my mind for reflection, as well as time to really dive into some creative work that I rarely give myself permission to do....(read more)

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