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, has awarded $2,720 in grants to 5 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) projects that will reach 579 students. Funded projects include support for Ithaca High’s Visual Arts Memory Project; Beverly J. Martin Elementary’s “All in a Day” with dancer Lisa Tsetse; Combined District Jazz bands will learn from jazz artist Nick Weiser; Boynton Middle Schools guest artist master tuba player ICSD alum Cristina Dougherty; and Lehman Alternative School’s mural project with artist Mary Beth Ihnken....(read more)

Little Apple Fall Follies seeks ushers

The Little Apple Fall Follies, a variety show of the Rotary and Savage Clubs, is set for Saturday, Oct 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center’s Kulp Auditorium. This show benefits the arts in Ithaca, including the Ithaca City School District. The Fine Arts Booster Group helps with concessions and ushering. Can you help us? Then you can see the show!

If you can help with baking, ushering or the concession stand, please contact us at with LAFF in the subject line.


(LAFF. The two hour family-friendly talent showcase will be held at Ithaca High School’s Kulp Auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm on Saturday, October 7. Tickets are $12 for adults Tickets are available at the door.)

Play it Again, Ithaca” – Used Musical Instruments Needed

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) through its “Play it Again, Ithaca” program collects donated used musical instruments to support the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) music education program. Instruments donated to the FABG are professionally repaired, and become part of the ICSD collection of instruments available for free use to students in the district.

FABG and the ICSD provide students who might not otherwise have access to instruments an opportunity to participate in band or orchestra. The ICSD arts program allows students to take free instrumental lessons during school hours and participate in the school musical groups....(read more)


The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has mini-grants available for dance, drama, music, and visual arts projects that engage students. The Fall 2017 deadline is October 15, and Spring 2018 is February 1 for electronic submission. Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers and principals are eligible to apply. Applications are available online at , by phone 256-4734, or email In 2017-2018, applicants now will use online forms for easy submission of applications. An affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), the FABG works in partnership with the ICSD to advocate, support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids....(read more)

FABG has an impact!

Since our start in 2001, FABG has donated $245,000 to the district, repaired and donated 219 musical instruments.

Help us and volunteer. We leverage existing resources and amplify arts education for all.

Grant Procedures Get an Update - Google Docs and New Email address

FABG’s grant procedures have gotten an electronic update! We now will receive your appplications via google documents. And you can send us your applications to a new email address Click on the Receive tab above for more information and the forms. Or just click here. Fine Arts Booster Mini-Grant Application Form

These changes will help us keep streamline the process. Feel free to ask questions!

Fall Ad Sponsorship Campaign Begins!

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, is seeking advertising sponsors for its 2017-18 performance program booklets for Ithaca City School District (ICSD) secondary schools’ events including concerts, dramas, and musicals at Boynton Middle School, DeWitt Middle School, Lehman Alternative Community School and Ithaca High School. Display ad space is available for sponsors who would like to support FABG activities throughout the ICSD. Contact the boosters at

Performance program ad sales support the Fine Arts Booster Group’s Mini-Grants for teachers that fund enhanced arts experiences for students....(read more)

Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund, an IPEI Fund, Awards Grant

The Fine Arts Booster Group, an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), announces summer music scholarships awarded through the Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund. Established by Abby Cohn in memory of her parents and in honor of the excellent music education available in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD), the fund will provide more than five music scholarships for summer study through the Ithaca Youth Bureau (IYB) Summer Band and Orchestra Program. The Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship Fund is administered by IPEI with assistance from the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) and the IYB. Contact for more information.

Michael W....(read more)

Emily Morse named Lee Strebel Memorial Award Winner

Lorraine Tino and  Emily Morse_0.JPG Emily Morse was named as the recipient of the 2017 Lee Strebel Memorial Award for Enthusiasm in the Performing Arts. Emily accepted the award at the Ithaca High School (I.H.S.) Underclassmen Awards Night, June 6, 2017 in I.H.S. Performing Arts Center’s Kulp Auditorium. The Lee Strebel Memorial Award is presented each year to an I.H.S. 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 I.H.S. student who died suddenly during his freshman year in February 2006....(read more)

Spring Grants Awarded

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, awarded four grants to support arts education for students. Booster support assisted DeWitt Middle School Orchestra’s travel to Boston for a performance clinic with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Fall Creek Brass Band will perform at Beverly J. Martin Elementary, including a joint song with fourth and fifth graders, and Cayuga Heights Elementary will organize all district third graders to attend an Ithaca Ballet performance and demonstration in the coming school year. In addition, the Ithaca High School musical production of Anything Goes was supported by a special grant from the Strebel Fund for Community Enrichment of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County....(read more)

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