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

Thank you Mr. Winans!

Thank you to Bob Winans for his many years of dedication to students and music in the ICSD. Wishing you great new adventures in Guilderland Central School District as Instructional Administrator for music! @IthacaNYSchools @IthacaPEI

Thank you amazing teachers!!!!

We say thank you to these amazing art and music teachers who are retiring or moving… but thank you is not enough for all they have done for students. Thanks Gary Bercow, Diane Booth, Dorothy Preston, and Bill Makin.

2019 Lee Strebel Award Winner Named, Congrats Raia Gutman

large_Lee Strebel 2019 Award Winner Raia Gutman with IHS Drama Teacher Lorraine Tino _.JPG Raia Gutman was named as the recipient of the 2019 Lee Strebel Memorial Award for Enthusiasm in the Performing Arts. Raia accepted the award at the Ithaca High School (IHS) Underclassmen Awards Night, June 4, 2019 in IHS Performing Arts Center’s Kulp Auditorium. The Lee Strebel Memorial Award is presented each year to an IHS student who has not only participated in performing arts at the high school level, but has shown extraordinary spirit in that pursuit....(read more)

Peace Cantata Concert with Fifth Graders June 14 at IC

5th grade students from Beverly J. Martin, Caroline, Enfield and South Hill elementary investigate how their cultural experience with music and art intersects with the music and art of other cultures.

Peace Cantata concert performed on June 14th, Noon in Ford Hall, Ithaca College Admission is FREE

Using the fifth grade social studies standards and the lens of global connections, interactions and exchange, the Peace Cantata Project looks at the question, “ How does my cultural experience with music and art intersect with the music and art of other cultures?” This year, one hundred and eighty six fifth grade students from Beverly J....(read more)

Congrats DeWitt Choir and Band

Received excellent and superior rating at Hershey Park!medium_DeWitt 2018 FABG Trip Scholarship.jpg

Thank you Mr. Makin

This is the time of year where there is change! We want to thank Mr. Makin, Ithaca High Orchestra teacher for his wonderful teaching and service. Mr. Makin will be relocating to another area. Thank you for all your work with the orchestra and clubs.

Remember to Vote on May 21 noon to 9

Please remember to vote on May 21. The vote will include the school budget, a capital project and electing Board of Education members.

The number of students wanting to participate in the arts has increased, thus this budget includes an increase in instrumental music teachers. The capital plan, in its second phase, includes improvements to Boynton and DeWitt auditoriums.

Please visit the ICSD web page to educate yourself.

Shout out to NYSSMA helpers

SHOUT OUT to Michael Allen, the FABG and the ICSD music faculty for organizing, supporting and preparing ICSD music students for the NYSSMA festival last weekend at Boynton middle school! Over 1500 students from 9 counties participated! This is the third year ICSD hosted, thank you Michael Allen for your dedication and for everyone who helped with the event.

In addition, this is the third year ICSD was recognized by The NAMM Foundation for its “outstanding commitment to music education” A SHOUT OUT to all of you for nurturing the creative talents of our students and working everyday to help make Ithaca one of the Best Communities for Music Education!

Daphne Shululu Fine and Performing Arts Director ICSD

Help FABG and ICSD at NYSSMA on May 3 and 4

STUDENTS DESCEND ON ITHACA FOR MUSICAL CHALLENGE – VOLUNTEER TO HELP

The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) is host to the New York State Schools Music Association (NYSSMA) Solo and Ensemble Festival on May 3 and 4, 2019 at Boynton Middle School. More than 1,400 students will come to Ithaca from several counties to perform for professional evaluators. Students set self-learning goals that go above and beyond their classroom work in solo and ensemble pieces, and they perform for judges.

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) assists in this effort and is seeking adult volunteers to help host this event. Volunteers help guide students and families to their evaluation room, provide judge assistance and more....(read more)

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