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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Booster Meeting to Evaluate Goals - All Invited to this Retreat

The Ithaca Community Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, will hold a “retreat” to evaluate goals and think creatively about the booster’s future. The public is invited to attend the meeting on March 5, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Boynton Middle School Library, 1601 N. Cayuga Street. Holly Adams, STARR Network Coordinator of the Community Arts Partnership (CAP), will facilitate the discussion. Interested parents and community members are invited to attend. The boosters serve all the elementary, middle and high schools in the Ithaca District.


(ITHACA) The Ithaca Community Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, invites community members to take an online survey here. This survey will provide the boosters will information to shape future goals in a tough economic time. Interested parents and community members are encouraged to take the five minute survey. The boosters serve all the elementary, middle and high schools in the Ithaca District.

Formed in 2001, the Fine Arts Booster Group is evaluating its goals for the future and assessing current arts needs in the Ithaca City School District. For more information about the booster group, contact Martha Frommelt at or 277-4631....(read more)

Honoring Frank Mazurek, former Ithaca High School Orchestra Director

We mark, with sadness, the passing of Frank Mazurek on December 31.

Mr. Mazurek was the former Ithaca High Orchestra director, remembered for his excellent leadership and many years of service to so many students. Mr. Myers, current IHS Orchestra teacher, recalls, Frank was such “a wonderful, giving man who gave a big part of his life to the orchestra. I’m sure there are many alumni and other supporters of the arts in Ithaca whose lives were touched by him, and would want to know of his passing. …. He brought a deep devotion and commitment to the orchestra.”

Upon his retirement from Ithaca High, a scholarship was established in his name called the Frank Mazurek String Award. His impact is still felt at Ithaca High. The boosters are pleased that Mr....(read more)

Upcoming Dates - Jan. 13 Meeting and Feb 1 Minigrant Deadline

The general meeting that had been cancelled due to flooding is now rescheduled for January 13, Thursday, 6-7:00 p.m. at Ithaca High School Activities Room. We will get your feedback about our current programs to help us evaluate the direction for the future.

Feb 1 is our next mini-grant deadline. Check our Receive section for forms.

Boynton Musical Highlights Impact of Arts Alive Fund

Boynton Middle School is performing their musical this week, “Beauty and the Beast”. In a recent article, the parents and teachers discuss the record numbers of the students participating and the successful restoration of this program, all made possible due to the Arts Alive Fund. See the attached article. Thanks, boosters!

Alumni Tour of New Ithaca High Performing Arts Center TUESDAY, Dec 21 at 4:00

A tour for returning alumni has been arranged for Dec 21 at 4:00-5:00. Retiring Superintendent Dr. Judith Pastel will lead former students around the expanded facilities. Contact for more info.

(The previous date was Dec. 20. The day was changed due to a late-breaking workshop offered to current students by the Hangar’s Peter Flynn and Jesse Bush. This workshop, called Acting the Song, will help students explore acting while singing lyrics. Sign up with Ms. Tino by Dec. 16.

Tour of Ithaca High Performing Arts Center for Graduates

Dear High School Alumni,

You are invited to……….. A tour of the

Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center

Monday, December 20, 2010 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Meet at 4:00 in the lobby Tour led by retiring Superintendent Dr. Pastel. Returning graduates encouraged to join us and see the renovated Kulp and Building A!

Booster Dec 1 Meeting Cancelled

Due to bad weather and flooding, the district has cancelled all evening activities. The booster meeting is also cancelled.

Ithaca Music Legend to Hold Book Signing

Ithaca native, Frank L. Battisti, will launch the sale of his most recent book, “The Best We Can Be”, the story of the Ithaca High School Band from 1955-1967. The event will take place at Borders Books, in the shops at Ithaca Mall, next to Best Buy, on Saturday, November 6, 2010, starting at 3:30pm. Mr. Battisti, a 1945 graduate of Boynton Middle School, 1949 graduate of Ithaca High School and 1953 graduate of Ithaca College, was the driving force, which created an unparalleled musical experience for participating students. The Ithaca High School Band was regarded as one of the crowning music achievements of instrumental music in the 20th century.

Please come meet Frank Battisti and co-writer, Bruce Musgrave at this special event!...(read more)

Open House and Community Celebration of Renovated ICSD Arts Building

Open House and Community Celebration of Renovated ICSD Arts Building

The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) invites the public to an open house Sunday, November 7 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. to celebrate the renovated Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center, 1401 N. Cayuga Street. The entire community is welcome to tour the building addition and improvements funded as part of the district facilities bond projects. The new teaching and performing spaces can be viewed led by student volunteers. Musical performances are scheduled for 2:30pm and 3:30pm, and a brief ceremony will occur at 3:00pm celebrating the completion of the project.

Kulp Auditorium has been a community resource space since its 1960 construction. Now, the renovated building will offer more to district students and community groups....(read more)

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