Robyn Wishna

ITHACA, NY…Finger Lakes ReUse and the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), Ithaca-based non-profit organizations, are collaborating to march, dance, and make music together in the Ithaca Festival Parade on Thursday, May 30. This project is made possible by grants generously provided by the Park Foundation.

On Sunday, May 26th from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at Ithaca ReUse Center (214 Elmira Road, Ithaca, NY), Finger Lakes ReUse will be holding a Creative ReUse Instrument Making Workshop with local artist-inventor John Fuchs. Attendees will learn how to make their own percussion instrument out of reused materials to play in the parade with materials provided from the Ithaca ReUse Center inventory or an upcycled parade instrument from home.

On Wednesday, May 29th from 5:30-6:30 PM in Martha Hamblin Hall at CSMA (330 East State Street), there will be a Dance Workshop with CSMA faculty teaching artist, Megan Omohundro. Anyone who would like to dance on the parade route can practice choreography that will be easy and accessible for anyone to do.

Everyone who participates with the CSMA/Finger Lakes ReUse in the Ithaca Festival parade on Thursday, May 30th will receive a gift certificate for $10 off a future class at CSMA. All ages welcome (age 8 or younger must be accompanied by an adult). Colorful sashes made out of reused fabric will be available for marchers, too!

To sign up to participate in any or all of these events, please RSVP through this brief form:

About Finger Lakes ReUse
Finger Lakes ReUse is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization operating two convenient ReUse Centers, open daily to the public, in an effort to expand the reuse of materials, provide job training opportunities, create living-wage jobs; improve the local standard of living, and teach repair and reuse skills. ReUse builds community, strengthens the local economy, and protects the environment by redirecting materials away from landfills and into productive reuse. For more information, visit

About The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA)
The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) is located in downtown Ithaca, NY. For over 50 years, CSMA has provided instruction in the visual arts, music, dance, theater and languages for students of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds, enriching the lives of more than 1700 students each year. The mission of the Community School of Music & Arts is “to provide quality instruction to any community member who desires to learn music and arts, to develop and offer cultural and artistic programs and events, and to serve as a resource for professional artists and musicians.” For more information, visit

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