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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April Budget Updates - Next Steps

The next steps in the ICSD budget development process include a public hearing on April 15 at 6:30. Please consider attending!

Recent discussion at the board level indicated some interest in restoring elementary instrumental money, though the budget crafting process will not be complete until April 20.

Continue to send your thoughts on the budget to

Input gathered on all proposed cuts, including 2 FTE reduction of art/music/pe, will be related to the board of education priorities and will be presented on April 13.

Sign a Petition to Save the ICSD Music Program - Act Now

The current 2010-11 budget proposal includes the elimination of elementary school band and orchestra teachers resulting in no lessons, band and orchestra.

Please read and sign the petition. For information about cuts see the fact sheet and talking points.

Send your thoughts on the budget to:

Hard copies of the petition are also available. Contact

Spring Booster Meeting March 31

The Ithaca Community Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, will hold its next general meeting of the 2009-10 school year on March 31, Wednesday, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Ithaca High H Courtyard, near the main office. Interested parents and community members are invited to attend. Snacks will be provided. The boosters serve all the elementary, middle and high schools in the Ithaca District.

The March 31 meeting will include a discussion of the proposed district budget and the arts impact. In addition, special guest presenters will discuss arts and inclusion.

Special guest presenters are Jeff Claus, Ithaca College Associate Professor in the Department of Education, and Baruch Whitehead, Ithaca College Associate Professor of Music Education....(read more)

Boynton Band News - Concert and Awards

March 10, 2010, Concert Features World Premieres

The Boynton Middle School Concert Band and Symphonic Band will give the world premiere performances of two new works for band at the Festival of Music Concert on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 7:00pm, at Boynton Middle School. Ithaca College Composition Majors Christopher LaRosa and Drew Schweppe, students of Sally Lamb, have collaborated with Michael W. Allen, Director of Bands, to present these new compositions. Mr. Schweppe has written a programmatic work entitled, “Lazy Storm Breakdown”, for the 6th grade Symphonic Band members. Mr. LaRosa has written a contemporary work entitled, “Magellan’s Quest”, for the 7-8 grade Concert Band members....(read more)

Artist Table at Superintendent Conference Day

Thanks to the Community Arts Partnership’s STARR Coordinator Holly Adams and ICSD Staff Development Director Kim Fontana for arranging a teaching artists table during the upcoming Superintendent’s Conference day. Artists who do school residencies will have their material available in the Ithaca High cafeteria.

March 19th, at Ithaca High School, for the two lunch sessions of Superintendent’s Day.

Boynton MS Winter Choral Concert

Boynton MS Winter Choral Concert

7th & 8th grade choirs accompanied by Mary Ann Erickson, piano, and Robert Winans & Robert Dietz, percussion, conducted by Nathan Parker

Boynton MS Winter Choral Concert

Boynton MS Winter Choral Concert

The 6th grade chorus, directed by Robert Winans

Boynton MS Winter Choral Concert

Boynton MS Winter Choral Concert

7th & 8th grade choir, directed by Nathan Parker

Recyling Efforts Benefit Arts and Tech

Besides our ongoing efforts to recycle used instruments (repair them and give them to the district for student use), booster volunteer Joanne Trutko has helped us make another recycling connection. Cornell’s Rand Hall has paper and other items to recycle at the end of each semester. This semester LACS and IHS art and tech students benefited from this effort.

Thanks to Cornell’s Steve Yaros and Rich Jaenson and Joanne! Our schools have a truck bed and van full of materials they did not have before!

Feb 1 Mini Grant Deadline


The Ithaca Community Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has teacher mini-grants available for dance, drama, music and arts support or projects. The final 2009-2010 deadlines is Feb 1, 2010. Teachers and principals are eligible to apply and applications are available by calling 277-4631 or emailing Forms are also available at our web site under the receive tab.

Past mini-grants have included Kindergarten through Grade 12 support for visiting artists, cameras for a photography class, a student art exhibit, theater supplies, a mural and a pre-school dance residency, for example. The Fine Arts Boosters have awarded over $45,000 in grants to district-wide activities....(read more)

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