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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The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, supported the funding of virtual performance of Ithaca City School District (ICSD) students from the music department. These recording of performances are posted on the ICSD digital time capsule and can be accessed by this link

The Director of Fine and Performing Arts Daphne Shululu notes, “Through a digital time capsule, the creative ways students and teachers expressed themselves during distance learning can be shared and celebrated with the larger community. The collective effort from the community to persist in music-making, despite limitations, is a perfect example of the healing power of the arts and its ability to surpass all boundaries....(read more)

Lee Strebel Memorial Award

Nikolay Fontanez-Vargas named Lee Strebel Memorial Award Winner

Nikolay Fontanez-Vargas was named as the recipient of the 2020 Lee Strebel Memorial Award for Enthusiasm in the Performing Arts. The Ithaca High School (IHS) Underclassmen Awardees are being announced online. The Lee Strebel Memorial Award is presented each year to an IHS student who has not only participated in 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 IHS student who died suddenly during his freshman year in February 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)

Band Scholarship Award Winners from Boynton

News from Boynton Band Director, Michael ALlen:

I am pleased to announce that 7th grade bassoon player, Claire Park, and 6th grade bassoon player, Mattias Keresztes, both Boynton Middle School Students, have been awarded scholarships by the Seneca Tompkins Music Educators Association for the 2019-2020 school year. One scholarship was awarded to a student from each middle school and high school in Tompkins County and Seneca County. Two scholarships were awarded to Boynton students because our school had the largest number of scholarship applicants in the two county area.

Special thanks to the scholarship committee members for recognizing the students from our school....(read more)

Fine Arts Booster Group Supports Distance Learning For the Arts


The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has awarded $2,000 in support of a new district distance learning initiative in the arts during this time of COVID 19 extended school closures. The Director of Fine and Performing Arts Daphne Shululu notes, “Through a digital time capsule, music work will be captured and shared during the district’s distance learning 2.0, enabling virtual musical ensemble performances.”

The ICSD Digital Time Capsule will capture the creative and innovative ways Ithaca City School District (ICSD) students and teachers are expressing themselves through the arts during distance learning....(read more)

IPEI Announces First Grants From A New Grant Program to Support Distance Learning Efforts

IPEI announces first grants from a new grant program to support distance learning efforts

The Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) announces the first recipients of funding from its new Situational Grant program - short term funding currently available to teachers and staff of the Ithaca City School District to support projects, programs, and supplies related to distance learning and supporting students’ well-being during these unprecedented times.

“Our grants strengthen ICSD schools by supporting the innovative ideas of teachers, staff, and leaders,” says Monica Touesnard, president of IPEI....(read more)

NYSSMA Canceled for 2020

The New York State Schools Music Association Solo and Ensemble Festival scheduled for May has been canceled due to the virus concerns.


The Josh Endo Memorial for Continuing Support of Music Education (JEMM) Fund, an endowed fund of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), recently announced the 2019-20 award of $1,000. JEMM annually supports music education needs with priority for elementary student instrument rental scholarships and secondary student instrumental music group trip scholarships. IPEI administers JEMM with help from the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG). JEMM celebrates the late Josh Endo’s love of music and his music education in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD).

Update March 13: Ithaca City School District closed through April 12

Find out about closure and plan to feed children on the district homepage.

From the district re; COVID-19 and events March 12 - April 17

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all ICSD performing arts concerts, performances and trips that fall within the window of March 12 to April 17th are currently cancelled.

All other concerts, performances and trips after April 17th are NOT cancelled at this time.

Performing arts after school rehearsals are not cancelled and may continue as scheduled at this time.

ICSD strives to provide excellent communication during this rapidly changing situation. For the latest up to date information please go to the ICSD website.

As this threat accelerates, we have little control over the way the health recommendations will impact our upcoming concerts, trips and performances.
However, we do have control over the creativity and innovation used to overcome this challenge....(read more)

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