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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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)

Welcome New Fine Arts Director Daphne Shululu

Ithaca City School District Announces Administrative Appointments

Ithaca, N.Y., June 26, 2018 ​ On June 26, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education approved administrative appointments for the 2018-2019 school year. Lily Talcott has been appointed as deputy superintendent of the ICSD. The position of deputy has been vacant since the departure of Dr. Matt Landahl who currently servesassuperintendent of the Beacon City School District. Ms. Talcott has served as principal of Northeast Elementary School since 2015....(read more)

FABG Thanks David Brown!


(ITHACA) The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, thanks David Brown, outgoing Ithaca City School District Director of Fine and Performing Arts. David has accepted the position of Superintendent of DeRuyter Central School District, where he began his teaching career. FABG Co-President Vanessa Wagner notes, “Ithaca is an arts community, with resources and community support for public education. But communities need leadership and David Brown helped our district maximize existing resources and expand outreach. Under his tenure, elementary instrumental music participation has doubled in band and orchestra. Our district has received national recognitions....(read more)

Check out the visual art in our schools!

There is a wonderful lobby display in the Ithaca High Performng Arts Center lobby. And an evolving mural at Lehman Alternative Community School…. created with the help of an FABG Grant!


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Thanks to Rich Schlenker

Mr. Schlenker is retiring! Thank you to this incredible instrumental teacher for getting so many students started on a musical journey!

Leah Slattery Named Lee Strebel Memorial Award Winner 2018

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Leah Slattery was named as the recipient of the 2018 Lee Strebel Memorial Award for Enthusiasm in the Performing Arts....(read more)

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