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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Blowin' in the Wind Quilt Supports the Arts in ICSD

Blowin' in the Wind Quilt  Supports the Arts in ICSD

Exquisite quilt designed, pieced, and machine quilted by Marcie Wyant of CottonPatchQuilts. Size: 82” square, 100% cotton. Your ticket will support the costumes for plays and musicals at DeWitt Middle School, Boynton Middle School, Lehman Alternative Community School and Ithaca High School. Funding for costumes are raised each year through ticket sales. The quilt drawing donations will help secondary schools and honors the wonderful fabric work of our quilt donor, Marcie Wyant, retired ICSD teacher.

Purchase your quilt drawing ticket(s) with the Donate! box below (in the read more section)—one ticket for $1, six tickets for $5.
Or email and send your check to FABG, 101 East State Street, #182, Ithaca, NY 14850....(read more)

Fine Arts Booster Group Survey Highlights


96 Respondents
Of the respondents who were not parents of current ICSD students, 58% identified as a community member and 42% as teachers/administrators. A larger chunk of respondents had children in grades 4-8, than grades 1 through 12. This is probably due to the survey “launch” at a middle school concert.

We received a tremendous response to this survey with lots of excellent feedback. 
Further, thoughtful digestion of the comments is warranted....(read more)

Record Number of ICSD Musicians Earn All-State Band Honors

The New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) has announced that thirteen Ithaca City School District Musicians have earned positions in the 2011 Statewide Middle School Honor Band, the largest number of students from any school district in the state. Two additional students have been accepted as alternates. Fairport (9), Williamsville (8), Niskayuna (7) and Great Neck (6) round out the top five....(read more)

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!

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