(Ithaca) The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has awarded $8,170 in grants to 16 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) projects that will reach 2,224 students. Funded projects include support for Saltonstall Teacher Residency; Ithaca High Band’s 100th Anniversary Commission and Concert; DeWitt’s Jazz Appreciation Concert and Orchestra NYS Baroque Concert; Ithaca High’s Visual Arts Memory Project, Ithaca High Choir’s sight singing; Beverly J. Martin Elementary’s “Meet Me Where I Am” with dancer Lisa Tsetse; Fall Creek Elementary’s Songwriters’ Workshop; Belle Sherman Elementary’s Step Up and Speak Out Concert; and Cayuga Heights Elementary’s Mosaic Mural Project. In addition, all secondary schools received drama program support, including DeWitt Middle, Boynton Middle, Lehman Alternative Community, and Ithaca High.

Booster Grants Chairperson Mary Ann Erickson states, “It’s inspiring to help support the wonderful work that teachers and students create in the arts.” Co-President Alice Wu adds, “FABG is very glad to support the ICSD teachers in their varied and creative projects, which will help enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of the arts.”

Grant funds are made possible through Fine Arts Booster Group performance booklet ad sales and donations. The boosters produce performance booklet programs for middle and high school concerts and plays, totaling over thirty events each year.

The next mini-grant deadline is February 1, 2017. Email or check the Fine Arts Booster Group website at for an application.

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. The Fine Arts Boosters strive for increased student access and participation, and for equity in the arts programs. The boosters believe the arts – music, dance and visual, literary and theater arts – are a central part of every child’s public school education. Visit

IPEI is a not-for-profit organization that believes the education of every ICSD student is enhanced through community connections and support facilitated by IPEI for students and teachers through engagement, collaboration, gifts, and grants. Visit

Funded grants listed below. Teacher School

*NYS Baroque Meets DeWitt Chamber Orchestra Aaron Buck DeWitt $500 *Memory Project Carol Spence HS $330 *Jazz Appreciation Concert Mike Treat DeWitt/HS $500 *HS Choir Accompanist Kristin Zaryski HS $300 *Mastering Sight-Singing Kristin Zaryski HS $400 *”Meet Me Where I Am” Nancy Braun/Lisa Tsetse BJM $500 *”Meet Me Where I Am” Nancy Braun/Lisa Tsetse BJM $500 *Songwriters Workshop Jonathan Keefner Fall Creek $500 *Mosaic Mural Project Sarah Locke-Mountin CHES $500 *Step Up and Speak Out! With Vitamin L Ross Mizrahi Belle Sherman $440

Special Categories *Drama Fund Grants HS/DeWitt/LACS/Boynton $950 *Saltonstall Teacher Residency Lesley Williamson of Saltonstall/5 teachers $750 *Ithaca High School Band 100th Anniversary Commission and Concert Nicki Zawel HS @2000