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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Fine Arts Boosters Group yahoogroup listserv is switching to

Dear Fine Arts Booster Group listserv members,

After twenty years of this listserv under yahoogroups, we are transferring to There is nothing you have to do. The new address is If you have a yahoo mail address, that email address will not be affected by yahoogroups ending, you can keep the yahoo email address. This first message will be followed up by other information to let you know when the listserv has transferred. Reply to with any questions.

Our list is 242 members strong. The listserv represented our first foray into the web world, and now FABG is also on twitter and facebook, in addition to our webpage....(read more)

Saltonstall Teacher Residency Deadline December 13, 2020

Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Partners with Fine Arts Boosters to Host Teacher Retreat Residency: Deadline Announced

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) and other districts in Tompkins County during the February and April school breaks, February 13-17, 2021 and April 3-7, 2021.

The program is designed to provide 5 day, 4 night 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....(read more)

DeWitt Middle School Variety Show - Virtual

You are invited to “attend” the virtual performance of the

DeWitt Middle School Variety Show

Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, October 30th , 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

via youtube access below

Thanks to the DeWitt Community and Director Buddie Woodridge for finding a way to share student talents!

Links are here for the shows: Open only during the show window 6:40-9:00 p.m. Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Oct 29, 7:00pm

Friday, Oct 30, 7:00pm

Ithaca City School District Continues Performing Arts Events...Virtually in 2020-2021

With a note from ICSD Director of Fine and Performing Arts Daphne Shululu

While it is our great hope to adhere to the performance calendar for this upcoming 2020-21 academic year, circumstances require mutual flexibility in the delivery of the type of performance due to temporary closures, delays and measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID 19. Please know that, to the best of our ability, we plan to offer culminating events that will celebrate and honor the work of our students. Details pertaining to the performance calendar will be released on an ongoing basis. Staff members will keep caregivers informed.

Fine Arts Booster Group Ad Campaign 2020

The Fine Arts Booster Group is launching the fall ad campaign, with a twist! As secondary school performances go virtual, so will FABG. An ad sponsor list will be created in virtual performance programs. A donation of any size is welcomed. This support funds FABG grants to all the schools. Check out purchase for more information.

Congrats to Boynton Young Composers Fall 2020

Hello (Former) Boynton Young Composers!

I have some excellent news to share with you all! Some of you know this already, but in case you missed it, here it is….

Many of you had submitted your compositions to NYSSMA for adjudication and also consideration for inclusion in the 22nd Annual Young Composer & Songwriters Honors Concert at the NYSSMA Winter Festival.

Well the results are in, and a big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Ezri Rubenstein-Miller whose composition Waltz in D minor for mixed chamber ensemble was selected as a winner for the honors concert! This year, the concert will be happening virtually with all the compositions being pre-recorded. When the concert viewing information is available, I will share that with you all....(read more)

FABG Announces 2020 2021 Grant Deadlines


The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) has developed arts education practices and guidelines for continued learning during the 2020 – 2021 school year. These practices were developed using New York State guidelines, local district and community collaboration, and national research. The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) will support teachers and students in these efforts with their grant programs. FABG Grants application deadlines are November 1, 2020 and February 1, 2021. Applications are available online at , by phone 256-4734, or email more)

FABG continues to support arts learning in 2020 - 2021

The Fine Arts Booster Group is still supporting ICSD during the 2020 2021 school year. This is an unusual time for all, but FABG is finding ways to support ICSD arts education this school year. Grants are available, instrument donations still encouraged and performance booklet programs may be virtual. FABG is responding to needs as the plan develops. Join us in this mission of “all the arts for all the kids”. Email to find out more.

Message from ICSD Fine and Performing Arts Director, Daphne Shululu

On behalf of the performing arts staff, I want to thank you for your past support of the Arts and welcome your family if you are new to the ICSD school district!

As we prepare for the 2020-21 year, performing and fine arts performance and instruction will be done in an environment that aligns with state guidance and national studies that keep the ICSD community safe and enjoying the Arts.

While it is our great hope to adhere to the performance calendar for this upcoming 2020-21 academic year, we realize that circumstances may require mutual flexibility in the event of temporary closures, delays or delivery of the type of performance....(read more)

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