The Saltonstall Arts Colony, in partnership with the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, is offering a five-day, four-night retreat for Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers February 15 – 19, 2013. This pilot project is designed to provide a residency-type retreat experience for local ICSD teachers in the following disciplines: creative writing, photography/film/video, and painting/sculpture/visual art. The program is totally free to attend and five teachers will be selected through a lottery system. Overnight stays are encouraged but not mandatory. The deadline for online applications is January 25, 2013. For more detailed information and to apply on-line, please visit: or

The Saltonstall Arts Colony offers a quiet studio, a beautiful setting and time for inspiration in Ellis Hollow. The Saltonstall Arts Colony and the Fine Arts Booster Group support teachers in their creative work inside and outside the classroom. An affiliate of IPEI (Ithaca Public Education Initiative), the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) works in partnership with the Ithaca City School District to advocate, support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids. The Fine Arts Boosters support district programs and staff, and advocate for increased student access, participation and equity in the arts programs. Formed in 2001, the boosters believe the arts – music, dance and visual, literary and theater arts – are a central part of every child’s public school education.

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

Ongoing FABG initiatives include printing of all the performance booklets for concerts and drama productions in the middle and high schools; fundraising; Play It Again, Ithaca, the collection of used musical instruments and monies 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. Join the group in working on goals – communication, advocacy, community connections, and instrument recycling. Join the listserv to hear about our meetings and other arts announcements. Subscribe by emailing . For more information about advertising in the performance booklets, contact To explore more about the boosters, visit .

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