The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Ithaca (New York) City School District to support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids. FABG is an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative.

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Want to Donate a Used Musical Instrument? Click on the Give -Time, Donations, Instruments tab above for More Information

Find information on how to donate your used musical instrument in the “Give - Time, Donations, Instruments” tab above or just email president@fabgithaca.org

Saltonstall Teacher Residency Application Deadline January 19

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....(read more)

Fall 2018 Grants Awarded

FINE ARTS BOOSTER GROUP AWARDS GRANTS TO SUPPORT ITHACA ARTS EDUCATION

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, has awarded $4,620 in grants to 12 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) programs that will reach 1,180 students. 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.
All secondary schools received Drama Program grants, including DeWitt Middle, Boynton Middle, Lehman Alternative Community, and Ithaca High....(read more)

District Starts Capital Review Process

Here is a link to the district informational meeting slide show.

(http://www.ithacacityschools.org/districtpage.cfm?pageid=1286)

You will find this info and other updates at www.ithacaschools.org and under the Board tab. Capital Project 2019 is a ten year project that will affect all schools.

DeWitt Presents Addams Family Musical

Join us and experience this whimsical, delightful musical comedy, featuring all your favorite creepy, kooky Addams Family characters! Come get your graveyard on with DeWitt Middle School’s Drama Club students as they portray America’s favorite ghoulish family with an affinity for all things macabre! The cast and crew have been hard at work preparing for five upcoming performances of The Addams Family, this December 13, 14, 15 at 7pm and December 15 and 16 at 2pm, 2018 in the DeWitt Middle School Theatre in Ithaca, New York. The Addams Family, a beloved 60s TV show turned movie and Broadway musical, became beloved all over again, with everyone’s favorite characters returning – including Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Pugsley, Grandma, Fester and Lurch....(read more)

Statewide Band Results

Omar Williams, Chairperson for the 2019 New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Statewide Middle School Honor Band, has announced that fifteen (15) Ithaca City School District 7th and 8th grade musicians have been selected as members of the Statewide Honor Band this year. This is a tremendous accomplishment for all of the participating students. Only 98 students, statewide, are selected from hundreds of applications for this honors music event....(read more)

Apply for Spring Grants! Feb 1, 2019

The Fine Arts Booster Group just announced there will be spring deadline for Mini-Grants on February 1, 2019. Go to www.fabgithaca.org/receive for more info. If you have ideas and want to discuss them, email FABGgrants@ipei.org.

Want to Clean out Your Closet? Donate your Used Musical Instrument

“Play it Again, Ithaca” – Used Musical Instruments Needed

(Ithaca) Do you have a used musical instrument that is gathering dust under your bed or sitting idle in a corner? The Fine Art’s Booster Group’s (FABG) “Play it Again, Ithaca” instrument recycling program can help you put your instrument into the hands of students in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD). The “Play it Again, Ithaca” program collects used musical instruments, has them professionally repaired, and gives the refurbished instruments to the ICSD for use by students in the district’s music education programs.

Last year in 2017-18, the “Play it Again, Ithaca” program was able to give 26 refurbished instruments to the district. Student participation in musical education programs is on the rise in the ICSD....(read more)

Thank you volunteers for helping with NYSSMA Area All State!

Shout out to Michael Allen for a wonderful job organizing the Junior High Area All-state Music Festival last weekend! Your dedication to students is truly valued! Shout out also to Mark Lewis, Nate Parker, Michael Treat, Jennifer Kivisild, Nicki Zawel, Steve Brookhouse, the FABG –Julie Hughes, Alice Wu, Martha Frommelt, Jennifer DeLapp Birkett, Ally Rooks, Heather Millar Russell, Jane Bonassar, Brandi Riker, Aaron Goldweber, Karen Koyanagi, and Deirdre and George Hay for assisting in this meaningful event for music students in our region! Thank you!

Daphne Shululu Fine & Performing Arts Director Ithaca City School District

Interview with Play It Again, Ithaca Coordinator on Donating Musical Instruments

Dust off that Musical Instrument and Donate it to “Play it Again, Ithaca”

Q & A with Suzanne Snedeker, Coordinator

How long have you been the Coordinator for “Play it Again, Ithaca” (PIAI)?

This will be my 6th year as coordinator for the musical instrument recycling program of the Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG).

How many instruments have been donated since you started as Coordinator?

As of the end of the summer of 2018, 108 instruments have been donated since I started in the fall of 2013.

Why do you volunteer for the “Play it Again, Ithaca” program?

It might seem odd that someone who didn’t have a piano lesson until she was 54 years old would be involved in a musical instrument recycling program....(read more)

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