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 -Teachers Announced 2020

Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Partners with Fine Arts Boosters to Host Teacher Retreat: Teachers 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) teachers and other districts in Tompkins County during the February and April school breaks. The program is designed to provide residency-type retreats for local teachers in creative writing, photography/film/video, and painting/sculpture/visual art. The program is totally free for teachers selected through a lottery system....(read more)

Volunteer for District Wide Arts Event - Contact district (607)220-9167 9-10:15 a.m. on Jan 13 is of particular need for volunteers

ITHACA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT EXHIBITS YOUNG ARTIST’S WORK – SOUL OF THE EARTH ART PROJECT FOR THIRD GRADERS ACROSS THE DISTRICT

The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) hosts a culminating gallery event for the Soul of the Earth Art Project involving third graders across the district. The third graders will visit Ithaca High School’s Performing Art Center where student work will be displayed in the lobby area. On January 13, 2020, students will get a chance to view their work and enjoy a concert by the Honey Child Soul Quintet. The group will perform songs that inspired the art work.

Teaching Artist Elisa S. Keeler began visiting third grade art classes in Fall 2019. Using a flute inspired by the Anasazi and Hopi people, Mrs....(read more)

More Grants Funded

FINE ARTS BOOSTER GROUP AWARDS GRANTS TO SUPPORT ITHACA ARTS EDUCATION

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), has awarded $2,200 in grants to 6 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) programs that will reach over 500 students. Drama Program Grants, Trip Scholarship Grant and the Saltonstall Foundation Teacher Residency will support students and teachers in enhancing the arts curriculum.
All secondary schools received Drama Program Grants, including DeWitt Middle, Boynton Middle, Lehman Alternative Community, and Ithaca High. These grants support the co-curricular work of drama and musical productions. Secondary school arts trips will be supported by scholarship assistance....(read more)

Fall Grants and Next Grant Deadline

FINE ARTS BOOSTER GROUP AWARDS GRANTS TO SUPPORT ITHACA ARTS EDUCATION: NEXT DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1, 2020

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has awarded $4,093 in grants to ten Ithaca City School District (ICSD) programs that will reach 956 students. Awarded grants reach students from Pre-K through high school. A storytelling workshop by Jay Leeming will benefit Lehman Alternative Community School (LACS) students. ICSD students will perform in the Cayuga Chamber Youth Orchestra Festival Chorus event. Pre-K students will extend their Kids Discover the Trail! Ithaca visit to Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art with art and artifact posters....(read more)

Frozen to be done at DeWitt, Order tickets now.

Order your Frozen tickets now.

December 12, 13, 14 at 7:00pm and December 14 and 15 at 2:00pm DeWitt Middle School Theatre at 560 Warren Rd, Ithaca NY 14850

Tickets are $8 for students/seniors under 18yrs/over 65yrs and $10 for adults Tickets are available for purchase at lunchtime during the week of the show or through a ticket form

Tickets can also be purchased, if available, at the door, or secured in advance by e-mailing jwoodrid@icsd.k12.ny.us

DeWitt Chorus opens Advocacy Center Event

Dear DeWitt Community,

Join us on Friday, November 15th at 7:00pm at Kulp Theater!.

The DeWitt 6th Grade Chorus Students will be opening the evening with a concert to bring awareness and support to the Ithaca Advocacy Center of Ithaca. Our hearty and plucky students will be singing powerful songs to set the tone for an evening of community support, awareness and togetherness. We should be very proud of our DeWitt 6th Grade Chorus Students.

Please Join us at 7:00pm on Friday, November 15th at Kulp. There is a $10 suggested donation but no person will be turned away from entry. Please email me directly with any questions.

Buddie Woodridge 6th Grade Chorus Teacher

Teachers Apply Dec 15 for Saltonstall Residency

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) 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....(read more)

Donate those used musical instruments now!

“Play it Again, Ithaca” – Puts Musical Instruments into the Hands of Children

(Ithaca) A record number of musical instruments were put into the hands of children in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) this past year through the “Play it Again, Ithaca” instrument-recycling program. “It was an amazing response,” said Coordinator Suzanne Snedeker. “We reached out to the community, and the number of our donations tripled in 2018-19.”

A program of the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), this instrument-recycling program urged community members to dust off and donate their unused instruments so that they could literally be played again....(read more)

Little Apple Fall Follies Oct 5

FINE ARTS BOOSTER GROUP CELEBRATES LITTLE APPLE FALL FOLLIES ON OCTOBER 5, 2018

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, welcomes all to attend the Little Apple Fall Follies (LAFF), a variety show produced by the Rotary and Savage Clubs to support the arts, on October 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ithaca High Performing Arts Center, 1405 N. Cayuga Street. This family friendly event features talented Ithacans as well as Ithaca High School students. The concession stand will be brimming with homemade baked goods. The talent of your neighbors will surprise you. All proceeds support the arts....(read more)

Mini-Grant Deadline Oct 15, 2019

ARTS MINI-GRANT DEADLINE: October 15, 2019

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 2019 deadline is October 15, 2019. Ithaca City School District (ICSD) staff, teachers and principals are eligible to apply. Applications are available online at www.fabgithaca.org/receive , by phone 256-4734, or email FABGgrants@ipei.org. Grant applications are submitted electronically....(read more)

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