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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Community Connections - Eighth Graders Go to Cornell Play


(ITHACA) The Ithaca City School District eighth graders are headed to Cornell University’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts for a special matinee performance of Romeo and Juliet. The famous Shakespeare play is studied as part of the eighth grade curriculum and students will have an opportunity to see it live during the school day due to a theater pilot project at the Department of Theatre, Film and Dance.

On December 4, 400 eighth graders from Lehman Alternative Community School, Boynton Middle School,and Dewitt Middle School, will head to Cornell University to see the play.

“This is a truly exciting and enriching opportunity for our eighth grade English students....(read more)

Urban Art Club, IHS, works with Cornell Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Check out the Ithaca Journal today for a great article on the community collaborations.

Cornell’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts collaborated with the Ithaca High School’s Urban Art Club on the set painting for the upcoming production of “Romeo and Juliet”. The Urban Art Club was supported with an IPEI Red and Gold Grant and support from GIAC.

The club is led by Jay Stooks of GIAC and former student of Carol Spence, IHS art teacher, and Jocelyn Lutter Carver, IHS art teacher....(read more)

Fall General Meeting is Nov 3 - Arts and Inclusion

The Ithaca Community Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, will hold its first general meeting of the 2009-10 school year on November 3, Thursday, from 6:15-8:00 p.m. in the Boynton Middle School cafeteria. Interested parents and community members are invited to attend. A pizza dinner will be provided. The boosters serve all the elementary, middle and high schools in the Ithaca District.

The November 3rd meeting agenda will include a discussion with Sofia Villenas, Associate Professor of Education and Latino/a Studies and Program Leader, Learning, Teaching and Social Policy about the arts and inclusion....(read more)

Year End Report 2008-2009


This is a brief summary of Ithaca Community Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) activity for the 2008-09 school year. FABG undertook several goals this school year. Listed below are the major goals. FABG is an affiliate of IPEI.


Ongoing Programs

Performance Booklet Printing and Ads Printed programs for middle and high school drama and music productions/concerts. Collaborative joint ad with sports boosters. Printed second Elementary Booklet (Choral Festival) Ad revenue raised this year exceeded goal. Goal was $8,000. Total raised was $11,990....(read more)

Ithaca High School Construction - September Update


If you haven’t passed by IHS recently, the construction is in full swing, and the new changes will be exciting. In the meantime, this 09-10 year, things will be a little different for some teachers and students at Ithaca High. Building A (Kulp) is under construction. Classes have been moved and so will performances.

What we know… Orchestra: Classes to meet in the temporary trailer next to the Activities building (Building B).

Band, Chorus and Music Theory: Classes will meet in Activities.

Instructor offices: Located in Activities bulding.

Student Instrument lockers: Will be located in Activities and in the Orchestra trailer....(read more)

Mini-Grant Deadline is Oct 15.


Form can be found under the receive tab.

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 next deadline is October 15, 2009. Teachers and principals are eligible to apply and applications are available by calling 277-4631 or emailing

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)

Wine, Dine and Stay!

Donate or advertise now to be entered in a prize package including hotel stay, wine, dinner for two, and more!

Help host the Sankt Annae Youth Choir of Copenhagen, Denmark in October

A few years ago, the IHS Choir hosted the Sankt Annae Youth Choir from Copenhagen, Denmark. Our guests had such a great time, they’re coming back again! They will visit from October 5 - 8 and once again we are looking for host families.

The responsibilities consist of providing one dinner, one bag lunch, three breakfasts and three nights of lodging. See complete itinerary below. If you are interested, please email Art Loomis,, IHS Choral Director....(read more)

Summer Time - Refresh for Next School Year

Summer is a great time to restart your brain, your creative juices, and take a break from the busy schedule that comes with the school year. Consider doing something totally different with your students - paint together, play music together or go to one of Ithaca’s performing arts events.

Summer is also a good time to plan for next school year. In August you can check the district’s fine and performing arts calendar and mark dates down. Look at grant deadlines and think about how to help your school. Consider how a volunteer role might fit into your life. The boosters have many doable jobs waiting for a bit of your energy.

Contact us by clicking on the contact tab for more info.

Lee Strebel Memorial Award

Haley Evanoski named Lee Strebel Memorial Award Winner

Haley Evanoski was named the 2009 Lee Strebel Memorial Award for Enthusiasm in the Performing Arts recipient. Haley accepted the award at the Ithaca High School’s Underclassman Award Night June 4, 2009 in Kulp Auditorium. The Lee Strebel Memorial Award is presented each year to an Ithaca student who has not only participated in the performing arts at the high school level, but has shown extraordinary spirit in that pursuit. The award is given in loving memory of Lee Strebel, an Ithaca High School student who died suddenly during his freshman year in February of 2006. In his short time at the high school, Lee became a standout in the drama department after playing the leading role of George Gibbs in Our Town....(read more)

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