More Grants Funded


The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), has awarded $2,200 in grants to 6 Ithaca City School District (ICSD) programs that will reach over 500 students. Drama Program Grants, Trip Scholarship Grant and the Saltonstall Foundation Teacher Residency will support students and teachers in enhancing the arts curriculum.
All secondary schools received Drama Program Grants, including DeWitt Middle, Boynton Middle, Lehman Alternative Community, and Ithaca High. These grants support the co-curricular work of drama and musical productions. Secondary school arts trips will be supported by scholarship assistance. Saltonstall Foundation and Arts Colony hosts teachers in residence offering school-break creative retreats for teachers of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers and other districts.

Vanessa Wagner, FABG Treasurer and Grants Chair, noted, “The Fine Arts Booster Group is thrilled to support the inspirational work teachers do for our students. By expanding community connections in partnership with the Ithaca City School District, our students benefit even more.” The next FABG Mini-Grant deadline is February 1, 2020, check the Fine Arts Booster Group website at or email 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.

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.

For more information about the booster group and how you can help, contact Co-Presidents Alice Wu and Julie Hughes at or (607)256-4734. If you want 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

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

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

December 2019 FABG Grants to the ICSD include 6 projects totaling $2,200 serving 1,140 students.

Drama Program Grants, 4 projects serving 600 $950 (Ithaca High, DeWitt and Boynton Middle Schools, Lehman Alternative Community School) drama and musical production support

Saltonstall Foundation and Arts Colony, 1 project
teacher residency support $750

Secondary Trip Scholarships $500 music, art, and drama co-curricular trip support based on financial need