Fall Grants and Next Grant Deadline


The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has awarded $4,093 in grants to ten Ithaca City School District (ICSD) programs that will reach 956 students. Awarded grants reach students from Pre-K through high school. A storytelling workshop by Jay Leeming will benefit Lehman Alternative Community School (LACS) students. ICSD students will perform in the Cayuga Chamber Youth Orchestra Festival Chorus event. Pre-K students will extend their Kids Discover the Trail! Ithaca visit to Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art with art and artifact posters. Middle school students will work with local composers, use sound technology applications in the classroom, attend a play and a chamber concert. The Marza Wilks Residency will receive funding for 2020- 2021 workshops and performance. High school choral students will receive assistance to attend a choral conference.

The next FABG Mini-Grant deadline is February 1, 2020, check the Fine Arts Booster Group website at www.fabgithaca.org/receive or email FABGgrants@ipei.org. Grant support is available to classrooms in grades Pre-K-12 with deadlines in the fall and spring. Applications are submitted online. Contact FABG with questions before submitting proposals.

Grant funds are made possible through Fine Arts Booster Group donations and performance programs ad sales sponsorships. The boosters produce performance booklet programs for middle and high school concerts and plays, totaling over thirty five events each year. District arts events are open to all, a calendar can be found at www.fabgithaca.org or on the district web page.

In addition, the district has continued support for successful programming initially supported by the boosters: The Memory Project and the District Combined Jazz Bands guest artist. These two district grants will support an additional 842 students.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Grants Awarded by FABG Performance Storytelling, teacher Shira Reisman, LACS Boynton Young Composers Project, teacher Mark Lewis, Boynton Marza Wilks Residency, teacher Michael Allen, Boynton – to occur Fall 2020 Cayuga Chamber Youth Orchestra Festival Chorus, Kristin Zaryski, Ithaca High Bringing the Museum Home, teacher Randi Beckmann, Pre-K (KDT!) Thoughts of a Colored Man, teacher Buddie Woodridge and Daphne Shululu, two grants, DeWitt Symphoria Syracuse, teacher Aaron Buck, DeWitt Soundtrap Subscription, Emily Preston, DeWitt American Choral Directors Association Conference (ACDA) Student Support, Daphne Shululu, Ithaca High

Grants Awarded by the ICSD Jazz Appreciation Concert, teacher Michael Treat, District bands combined The Memory Project, teacher Carol Spence, Ithaca High