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. These four projects will reach 777 students and $3,457 was granted.

For more information about the booster group, contact Co-Presidents Vanessa Wagner and Alice Wu at president@fabgithaca.org or (607) 256-4734. If you want to stay informed about what is happening with the fine and performing arts in the ICSD, consider joining the FABG Facebook page or listserv which includes information about arts issues, performances and general news. Join the listserv by emailing FineArtsBoosters-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. In addition, you can follow @FABG.

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, participation, and equity in 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 www.fabgithaca.org.

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 www.ipei.org.

Ongoing FABG initiatives include mini-grants to teachers; printing the performance booklets for ICSD secondary schools’ concerts and drama productions; fundraising; Play It Again, Ithaca (collection of used musical instruments and funds to purchase new instruments for use in the schools); and various advocacy efforts in support of arts in the schools.

FABG is open to all K-12 staff, parents, students and community members and is concerned with all arts areas. Join the group and volunteer to work on goals – communication, advocacy, grant giving, fundraising, community connections, and instrument recycling.