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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Boynton Orchestra Wins Sweepstakes Award

Ithaca City School District Music Coordinator, Michael W. Allen, has announced that the Boynton Middle School String Orchestra is the winner of the 2011 Showcase Music Festival Sweepstakes Award. This award is presented to the instrumental music ensemble, which earned the highest score out of all participating schools during the 4 week Showcase Evaluation competitions in Harrisburgh, PA. Of the 55 instrumental groups (concert bands, jazz ensembles, orchestras) that performed between May 7, 2011, and May 27, 2011, the Boynton Middle Orchestra topped the rankings with a score of 96.5....(read more)

Salty Dog Reunion Supports The Community

School of Rock at Fall Creek Elementary will receive a designated grant from Salty Dog Reunion. Photo: Lauren Comly

The Salty Dog Reunion shared their fun with the community through donations to three local groups. Donations were made to the Fine Arts Booster Group, an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative; the Cancer Resource Center; and the Friends of Stewart Park/Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “So many people came together to make this happen, we wanted to honor them and benefit our community,” said Hoyt Benjamin, former Salty Dog owner and one of the reunion organizers....(read more)

Mini Grant: Photography/Book Making Project & Charles R. Smith, Jr. Visit

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Report from grant recipient, Paula Long, Teacher-Librarian, BJM Elementary School

The month spent with students taking photographs and creating individual pages to go into class books excited and empowered students to new modes of expression and helped them be thoughtful and astute participants in the author, [Charles R....(read more)

ANNUAL STUDENT Art EXHIBIT Opens at Public Library on 5/31/11

The work of some of Ithaca High School’s most talented artists will be available for public viewing beginning May 31, as the Tompkins County Public Library opens its latest exhibit, Visual Culture at I.H.S.

An annual favorite among Library patrons, Visual Culture at I.H.S is curated by art faculty for the Ithaca City School District and includes the finest student works created during the 2010-2011 academic year.

The images presented in this exhibit are personal portraits and perspectives of students and their environments— their friends, their lives and their imaginations. The exhibit represents a visual dialogue of these young artists’ lives....(read more)

Congratulations to the DeWitt Middle Schoolers!

Not only did they put on a wonderful musical, but their efforts also raised money for a school in Haiti. Because a portion of the ticket price was designated for donation, $1,150 went to The New Victoria School in Haiti! Bravo arts and service!

IHS Musical - The Wiz Performances 4/7-4/9

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Photos: Mary C. Hunt, Costume Designer

Director Notes from Lorraine Tino

Welcome to our first musical in the new Performing Arts Center! I am especially pleased that this first musical is The Wiz! The Wiz retells L. Frank Baum’s beloved classic novel in an African American context. An important part of American theatrical history, the original production was pivotal in bringing about mainstream acceptance of works with an all black cast. The show won nine Tony Awards when it opened in 1975, including Best Musical and Best Score....(read more)



Ithaca High School Junior, Haley Evanoski, was selected to perform in the All-Eastern Honors Chorus Ensemble as a Soprano 1. Ms. Evanoski’s application competed against top All-State Junior and Senior High School music students throughout New York State for this prestigious vocalist position. With assistance from her music teacher, Mr. Arthur Loomis, and her vocal coach, Ms. Brenda Dawe, this exceptional student has prepared remarkably challenging music. Ms. Evanoski will perform under the leadership of the prominent conductor Constantina Tsolainou from Columbia State University in Columbia, Georgia....(read more)

Blowin' in the Wind Quilt Supports the Arts in ICSD

Blowin' in the Wind Quilt  Supports the Arts in ICSD

Exquisite quilt designed, pieced, and machine quilted by Marcie Wyant of CottonPatchQuilts. Size: 82” square, 100% cotton. Your ticket will support the costumes for plays and musicals at DeWitt Middle School, Boynton Middle School, Lehman Alternative Community School and Ithaca High School. Funding for costumes are raised each year through ticket sales. The quilt drawing donations will help secondary schools and honors the wonderful fabric work of our quilt donor, Marcie Wyant, retired ICSD teacher.

Purchase your quilt drawing ticket(s) with the Donate! box below (in the read more section)—one ticket for $1, six tickets for $5.
Or email and send your check to FABG, 101 East State Street, #182, Ithaca, NY 14850....(read more)

Fine Arts Booster Group Survey Highlights


96 Respondents
Of the respondents who were not parents of current ICSD students, 58% identified as a community member and 42% as teachers/administrators. A larger chunk of respondents had children in grades 4-8, than grades 1 through 12. This is probably due to the survey “launch” at a middle school concert.

We received a tremendous response to this survey with lots of excellent feedback. 
Further, thoughtful digestion of the comments is warranted....(read more)

Record Number of ICSD Musicians Earn All-State Band Honors

The New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) has announced that thirteen Ithaca City School District Musicians have earned positions in the 2011 Statewide Middle School Honor Band, the largest number of students from any school district in the state. Two additional students have been accepted as alternates. Fairport (9), Williamsville (8), Niskayuna (7) and Great Neck (6) round out the top five....(read more)

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