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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DeWitt Presents Addams Family Musical

Join us and experience this whimsical, delightful musical comedy, featuring all your favorite creepy, kooky Addams Family characters! Come get your graveyard on with DeWitt Middle School’s Drama Club students as they portray America’s favorite ghoulish family with an affinity for all things macabre! The cast and crew have been hard at work preparing for five upcoming performances of The Addams Family, this December 13, 14, 15 at 7pm and December 15 and 16 at 2pm, 2018 in the DeWitt Middle School Theatre in Ithaca, New York. The Addams Family, a beloved 60s TV show turned movie and Broadway musical, became beloved all over again, with everyone’s favorite characters returning – including Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Pugsley, Grandma, Fester and Lurch....(read more)

Statewide Band Results

Omar Williams, Chairperson for the 2019 New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Statewide Middle School Honor Band, has announced that fifteen (15) Ithaca City School District 7th and 8th grade musicians have been selected as members of the Statewide Honor Band this year. This is a tremendous accomplishment for all of the participating students. Only 98 students, statewide, are selected from hundreds of applications for this honors music event....(read more)

Apply for Spring Grants! Feb 1, 2019

The Fine Arts Booster Group just announced there will be spring deadline for Mini-Grants on February 1, 2019. Go to for more info. If you have ideas and want to discuss them, email

Want to Clean out Your Closet? Donate your Used Musical Instrument

“Play it Again, Ithaca” – Used Musical Instruments Needed

(Ithaca) Do you have a used musical instrument that is gathering dust under your bed or sitting idle in a corner? The Fine Art’s Booster Group’s (FABG) “Play it Again, Ithaca” instrument recycling program can help you put your instrument into the hands of students in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD). The “Play it Again, Ithaca” program collects used musical instruments, has them professionally repaired, and gives the refurbished instruments to the ICSD for use by students in the district’s music education programs.

Last year in 2017-18, the “Play it Again, Ithaca” program was able to give 26 refurbished instruments to the district. Student participation in musical education programs is on the rise in the ICSD....(read more)

Thank you volunteers for helping with NYSSMA Area All State!

Shout out to Michael Allen for a wonderful job organizing the Junior High Area All-state Music Festival last weekend! Your dedication to students is truly valued! Shout out also to Mark Lewis, Nate Parker, Michael Treat, Jennifer Kivisild, Nicki Zawel, Steve Brookhouse, the FABG –Julie Hughes, Alice Wu, Martha Frommelt, Jennifer DeLapp Birkett, Ally Rooks, Heather Millar Russell, Jane Bonassar, Brandi Riker, Aaron Goldweber, Karen Koyanagi, and Deirdre and George Hay for assisting in this meaningful event for music students in our region! Thank you!

Daphne Shululu Fine & Performing Arts Director Ithaca City School District

Interview with Play It Again, Ithaca Coordinator on Donating Musical Instruments

Dust off that Musical Instrument and Donate it to “Play it Again, Ithaca”

Q & A with Suzanne Snedeker, Coordinator

How long have you been the Coordinator for “Play it Again, Ithaca” (PIAI)?

This will be my 6th year as coordinator for the musical instrument recycling program of the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG).

How many instruments have been donated since you started as Coordinator?

As of the end of the summer of 2018, 108 instruments have been donated since I started in the fall of 2013.

Why do you volunteer for the “Play it Again, Ithaca” program?

It might seem odd that someone who didn’t have a piano lesson until she was 54 years old would be involved in a musical instrument recycling program....(read more)

NYSSMA Area All State Nov 3 at 3

The New York State Schools Music Association’s (NYSSMA) Zone 3 Area All State Concert is set for Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. at the Ithaca High Performing Arts Center. The public is welcome to attend.

Students chosen from the spring NYSSMA Solo Festivals will come together to rehearse and perform with guest conductors. 141 schools and 370 students will participate from around the region. ICSD is the host this year with leadership by Michael Allen, Boynton Band Director, other ICSD staff, and hospitality support by the Fine Arts Booster Group.

Ithaca High School Drama Production November 9-11

Ithaca High School proudly presents the Fall Drama Production: Teach Me How to Cry by Patricia Joudry. A boy and a girl, both outcasts in the world of prom dates and grapevine rumor, stumble upon each other and slowly find their way toward affection, identity and dignity. Performances are Friday. November 9, 2018, Sat. November 10 @ 7:30 and Sun. November 11 @ 2 the Ithaca High School Performing Arts Center Black Box Theater 1405 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY. Tickets on sale in Ithaca High School cafeteria starting November 5 during lunch periods (11 am-1:30 pm) and at the door. Tickets are $8 students/$10 adults....(read more)

Saltonstall Teacher Residency Retreat Appication Deadline January 19, 2019

The Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, in partnership with the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, is offering a creative retreat for teachers of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers and other districts in Tompkins County during the February and March school breaks. The program is designed to provide residency-type retreats for local teachers in the following disciplines: creative writing, photography/film/video, and painting/sculpture/visual art. The program is totally free to attend. Teachers are selected through a lottery system. The application deadline is January 19, 2019, and the application is available at The residency dates are February 16-20, 2019 and April 13-17, 2019....(read more)

Come to the first General Meeting - Open to All - All Grades and All Arts - Oct 25, 5:30


The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, will hold a general meeting Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Ithaca High School Chorus Room, 1401 N. Cayuga Street. The Fine Arts Booster Group supports all the arts in all the elementary and secondary schools in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD).The meeting is open to parents/caregivers, staff, students, and community members.

The public is invited to hear presentations from new ICSD Fine Arts and Performing Arts Director Daphne Shululu regarding the “State of the Arts”, as well as classroom instruction information from teachers. The boosters will also discuss upcoming goals. Refreshments will be provided at the meeting....(read more)

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