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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FABG has Grants - Apply!!! Oct 15

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 2018 deadline is October 15, 2018. Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers and principals are eligible to apply. Applications are available online at , by phone 256-4734, or email Grant applications are submitted electronically.

An affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), the FABG works in partnership with the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) to support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids. The Fine Arts Boosters strive for increased student access and participation in arts programs....(read more)

FABG Ad Sponsorship Campaign Set to Begin - Support Arts Education!

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, is seeking advertising sponsors for its 2018-2019 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)

Thank you Saltonstall... Teachers, glad you had wonderful retreats....Next year we will do it again!

The wonderful Saltonstall Arts Colony offers teacher residency retreats during our winter and spring breaks. We are happy to continue the partnership again next year. FABG provides grant support for this great opportunity.

Here are some of the teacher comments from 2018:

I feel so fortunate to have been the recipient of a Saltonstall Teacher’s Residency in March 2018. It gave me a chance to be removed from the demands of everyday life and find a quiet space in my mind for reflection, as well as time to really dive into some creative work that I rarely give myself permission to do....(read more)

Welcome New Fine Arts Director Daphne Shululu

Ithaca City School District Announces Administrative Appointments

Ithaca, N.Y., June 26, 2018 ​ On June 26, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education approved administrative appointments for the 2018-2019 school year. Lily Talcott has been appointed as deputy superintendent of the ICSD. The position of deputy has been vacant since the departure of Dr. Matt Landahl who currently servesassuperintendent of the Beacon City School District. Ms. Talcott has served as principal of Northeast Elementary School since 2015....(read more)

FABG Thanks David Brown!


(ITHACA) The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, thanks David Brown, outgoing Ithaca City School District Director of Fine and Performing Arts. David has accepted the position of Superintendent of DeRuyter Central School District, where he began his teaching career. FABG Co-President Vanessa Wagner notes, “Ithaca is an arts community, with resources and community support for public education. But communities need leadership and David Brown helped our district maximize existing resources and expand outreach. Under his tenure, elementary instrumental music participation has doubled in band and orchestra. Our district has received national recognitions....(read more)

Check out the visual art in our schools!

There is a wonderful lobby display in the Ithaca High Performng Arts Center lobby. And an evolving mural at Lehman Alternative Community School…. created with the help of an FABG Grant!


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Thanks to Rich Schlenker

Mr. Schlenker is retiring! Thank you to this incredible instrumental teacher for getting so many students started on a musical journey!

Leah Slattery Named Lee Strebel Memorial Award Winner 2018

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Leah Slattery was named as the recipient of the 2018 Lee Strebel Memorial Award for Enthusiasm in the Performing Arts....(read more)

Boynton Music Honors

On Saturday, May 18, 2018, the student members of the Boynton Middle School 7 - 8 Mixed Choir, String Orchestra and Concert Band traveled to Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA, to participate in the Music in the Parks Festival. Of the 27 participating high school and middle school ensembles, the top 3 achievement scores were earned by the students from Boynton Middle School. The string orchestra members earned a 94.50, placing 1st in class A and 1st overall for competing middle school orchestras (string, full, chamber). The Mixed Choir members earned a 95.00, placing 1st in class A and 1st overall for competing middle school vocal ensembles (mixed, men’s, treble, show)....(read more)

Young Composers Concert May 10 at 7:30 at IHS... Boynton Student Composers Featured as well as soloists and ensembles

Featured Student Composers are Kira Russell, Clara Weber and Noa Yamaguchi

Gregory B. Rudgers Young Composers Project: The Gregory B. Rudgers Young Composers Project, now in its 13th year, pairs three (3) Boynton Middle School 8th grade Concert Band Members with renowned composer, Greg Rudgers, for the purpose of creating original compositions for band. Through this program, the student composers learn the basics of music theory, harmony, instrument ranges, melodic interaction and scoring for band. The weekly lessons begin in mid September and end in early March with the delivery of the completed compositions. The student members of the Boynton Middle School Concert Band work hard to learn, revise and perform these original works created by their peers....(read more)

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