Saltonstall Teacher Residency -Teachers Announced 2020

Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Partners with Fine Arts Boosters to Host Teacher Retreat: Teachers 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 April school breaks. The program is designed to provide residency-type retreats for local teachers in creative writing, photography/film/video, and painting/sculpture/visual art. The program is totally free for teachers selected through a lottery system.

For the February break: Sarah Locke-Mountin (Art) - Belle Sherman/ Fall Creek Art Keith Thompson (Photo) – Ithaca High School Mike Levy (Writer) – Lehman Alternative Community School Priscilla Reyer (Art) - TST BOCES- Art teacher K-12 Farr Carey (Writer) – Lansing Middle School- School Psychologist.

For the April break: Nicole Dauria (Art) – Northeast, Special Education Melissa Enns (Writer) – Northeast, Social Worker Elizabeth Rechtin (Art) - Dryden- High School Art Shira Wasserman (Art) – TST BOCES - Elementary Jill Browne (Writer) - Enfield 5th Grade

The teachers will be provided with a five-day, four-night retreat with private accommodations, studio space, and hearty, chef-prepared vegetarian dinners. These retreats are modeled after Saltonstall’s summer residency program and provide our local teachers with uninterrupted time and space in which to focus on their own creative endeavors.

“We love this program,” says Lesley Williamson, executive director of the Saltonstall Foundation who created the teacher retreats six years ago. “It’s a 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.”

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

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