Teachers Apply Dec 15 for Saltonstall Residency

Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Partners with Fine Arts Boosters to Host Teacher Retreat Residency: Deadline Announced

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 December 15, 2019, and the application is available at www.saltonstall.org/teachers. The residency dates are February 15-19, 2020 and April 4-8, 2020. Teachers may choose which session to attend.

The Saltonstall Arts Colony offers a quiet studio, a beautiful setting and time for inspiration in Ellis Hollow. The Saltonstall Foundation and FABG support teachers in their creative work inside and outside the classroom.

Lesley Williamson, director of the Saltonstall Foundation, was inspired to create the teacher retreat program by a similar one at a Florida arts colony. “This is a very mission-specific way for us to support a group of local artists and writers who don’t often get the chance to be artists and writers. We are so pleased to offer this opportunity to local teachers with the help of the Fine Arts Booster Group.”

Jon Raimon, teacher at Lehman Alternative Community School, captured how he benefited from this residency, “Walking in the woods, spending time with a book of poetry, and then writing late into the night reminded me why I teach…Spending time at Saltonstall rejunvenates me and, I hope, makes me a better teacher”.

Ongoing FABG initiatives include mini-grants to teachers, student scholarships, printing the performance booklets for ICSD secondary schools’ concerts and drama productions; strengthening community connections; fundraising; Play It Again, Ithaca (collection of used musical instruments for use in the schools); Saltonstall Arts Colony retreat for teachers; and various efforts in support of arts in the schools.

For more information about the booster group and how you can help, contact Co-Presidents Alice Wu and Julie Hughes 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 following @fabgithaca on Twitter and Facebook or join the listserv by emailing FineArtsBoosters-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

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, grant giving, development, community connections, and instrument recycling.

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. 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.