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 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.

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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)

Ithaca High School Band Celebrates its Centennial!

The Ithaca High School (I.H.S.) Band is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a concert and special musical commission by Michael Markowski. Grants awards funded the composition including a Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) special grant and an IPEI Red and Gold Grant supported by the I.H.S. Class of 1961 in honor of its 55th reunion last summer.

The premiere of the work, in celebration of the I.H.S. Band’s 100 years, will be at the I.H.S. Band Concert on June 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the I.H.S. Performing Arts Center’s Kulp Auditorium. The event is free and the public is invited to a reception following the concert.

Markowski has composed over 25 works for wind bands over the last ten years, and frequently visits schools to tell stories about music....(read more)

David Brown returns as Fine Arts Director

The Fine Arts Booster Group welcomes the return of David Brown as ICSD Fine Arts Director. David was tapped as Chief Administrative Officer in the last year and a half. During this time period, a search was conducted for another director. The search was to reopen this spring. The district, in looking at administrative changes, appointed Michael Simon as the Chief Administrative Officer. The booster group is excited to be able to welcome David Brown back to the arts director position and support his vision for arts education in our district.

District Jazz Concert

Ithaca City School District Joint Jazz Concert

(ITHACA) The Ithaca City School District will hold the third annual Joint Jazz Concert, featuring the bands of Ithaca High, DeWitt and Boynton Middle Schools, on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center Kulp Auditorium. Admission is free. A Fine Arts Booster Group grant supported guest musician Camille Thurman. Ms. Thurman will be featured on saxophone and voice.

For more information about the booster group, contact Co-Presidents Vanessa Wagner and Alice Wu at or (607) 256-4734....(read more)

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