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Fine & Performing Arts



Daphne Shululu
Director of Fine and Performing Arts
The Fine and Performing Arts Department is comprised of programs in art, music, theatre, and dance. We have a strong and rich tradition of traditional and modern initiatives in the arts. We embrace the ideals that all students are welcome and can play an important part of the success of Ithaca Fine and Performing Arts.

Distance Learning Updates

Digital Time Capsule
We have created a digital time capsule to capture creative and innovative ways students and staff are expressing themselves through the arts during distance learning! Check it out>>

Elementary Art Website
Our elementary art teachers have created a new website with weekly art activities and supplemental art resources! Check it out>>

Philosophy of Arts Education

Art education is essential to the education of each individual as a complex and unique human being and as a singular but connected part of a larger whole.

Through the arts, students will experience, practice and recognize the visual process as a way of knowing the world and understanding their own individual learning process.  Art offers students the opportunity for self-expression, to communicate in a visual, universal language and to make connections across cultures, across time and across disciplines. Art encourages the principle of life-long learning by developing creative pathways and attitudes of experimentation.  It allows for ongoing personal reflection and assessment through the act of discovery within the creative process.

Art education provides experiences in problem solving, decision-making, risk-taking, critical, intuitive and divergent thinking.  The process of creating art encourages and demands diverse outcomes and provides the world with creative, innovative thinking in all fields of study. We value uniqueness of the individual and believe that students should develop their own vision while learning about and accepting individual differences and the way that people perceive, respond and comprehend their own world.


Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG)

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI), works in partnership with the Ithaca City School District to support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids. The FABG supports district programs and staff, and supports increased student access and participation in the arts programs.

Examples of ongoing FABG initiatives include production of performance booklets for all secondary concerts and theatrical productions; grants to our schools; the collection of used musical instruments to refurbish and donate to the ICSD (Play It Again, Ithaca); assistance with community wide events; and support for teachers in arts residences. To date, the FABG has funded hundreds of grants and arts-related programs like the Memory Project, and has placed hundreds of recycled musical instruments directly into the hands of local young musicians in our schools.

FABG Listserv: The FABG promotes communication about arts education through its listserv. This announcement-only listserv encourages members to share information and resources of interest to Ithaca City School District students, teachers, families, arts supporters, and the community. Email to join!

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Community and School Fine Arts Resources

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra
Civic Ensemble
Community Arts Partnership
Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA)
Cornell University Council for the Arts
Cornell University Department of Performing and Media Arts
Cornell University Johnson Museum
Cornell University Music Calendar
Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG)
Finger Lakes Fife & Drum Corps
Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra
Hangar Theatre
Homecoming Players
Ithaca Ballet
Ithaca Community Choruses
Ithaca Community Orchestra
Ithaca College Events Calendar
Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI)
Kitchen Theatre
Music's Recreation
Opus Ithaca School of Music
Running to Places
State Theatre
Vitamin L