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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Congrats to Boynton Young Composers Fall 2020

Hello (Former) Boynton Young Composers!

I have some excellent news to share with you all! Some of you know this already, but in case you missed it, here it is….

Many of you had submitted your compositions to NYSSMA for adjudication and also consideration for inclusion in the 22nd Annual Young Composer & Songwriters Honors Concert at the NYSSMA Winter Festival.

Well the results are in, and a big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Ezri Rubenstein-Miller whose composition Waltz in D minor for mixed chamber ensemble was selected as a winner for the honors concert! This year, the concert will be happening virtually with all the compositions being pre-recorded. When the concert viewing information is available, I will share that with you all....(read more)

FABG Announces 2020 2021 Grant Deadlines


The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) has developed arts education practices and guidelines for continued learning during the 2020 – 2021 school year. These practices were developed using New York State guidelines, local district and community collaboration, and national research. The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) will support teachers and students in these efforts with their grant programs. FABG Grants application deadlines are November 1, 2020 and February 1, 2021. Applications are available online at , by phone 256-4734, or email more)

FABG continues to support arts learning in 2020 - 2021

The Fine Arts Booster Group is still supporting ICSD during the 2020 2021 school year. This is an unusual time for all, but FABG is finding ways to support ICSD arts education this school year. Grants are available, instrument donations still encouraged and performance booklet programs may be virtual. FABG is responding to needs as the plan develops. Join us in this mission of “all the arts for all the kids”. Email to find out more.

Message from ICSD Fine and Performing Arts Director, Daphne Shululu

On behalf of the performing arts staff, I want to thank you for your past support of the Arts and welcome your family if you are new to the ICSD school district!

As we prepare for the 2020-21 year, performing and fine arts performance and instruction will be done in an environment that aligns with state guidance and national studies that keep the ICSD community safe and enjoying the Arts.

While it is our great hope to adhere to the performance calendar for this upcoming 2020-21 academic year, we realize that circumstances may require mutual flexibility in the event of temporary closures, delays or delivery of the type of performance....(read more)


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)

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