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803, 2016

Your Support Brings the World to our Schools

March 8th, 2016|

 “The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals and transcend boundaries.”
– Jane Chu, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Lotus has been bringing transformational arts experiences to our youngest audiences for more than twenty years through Lotus […]

803, 2016

A Teacher’s View: The Joy of Lotus Blossoms

March 8th, 2016|

Long-time educator Jim Morrison has taught across south-central Indiana and shares his thoughts about the quality, value, and “joyous” experiences provided by the Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach program for K-12 schools and students.  Jim now leads a classroom of 5th and 6th graders at The Project School — his students continue to enjoy Lotus Blossoms […]

403, 2016

Volunteer Profile: Julie Lawson

March 4th, 2016|

Enjoy our new series of snapshots profiling amazing Lotus volunteers!  Check back often for new profiles, and view the entire series here.

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?

Our next door neighbor told us to go before our moving boxes were unpacked when we moved back to Bloomington in 2002.

What initially inspired you to […]

2902, 2016

Susan Fernandes: Space Planner Extraordinaire

February 29th, 2016|

We’re always blown away by the breadth of skills…and depth of generosity…among our amazing Lotus volunteer corps!  Even before the ink was dry on the agreement for the building, Susan Fernandes had already offered her talents to help our staff with space-planning for the new second-floor office spaces.  Thank you, Susan!

Susan has been a big […]

1602, 2016

Local businesses leading the way

February 16th, 2016|

Even in these very early stages of planning for the new facility, our local business community is already stepping up to help.  Lotus is grateful for the donated or at-cost goods and services provided by these incredible folks — thank you all for being leaders in making your community a better place!   Business supporters so […]

1102, 2016

Students lend talents to renovation prep

February 11th, 2016|

This semester, Lotus is excited to be working with IU and Ivy Tech classes on two “service-learning” projects related to our new facility.  Students from “Architectural Design 1” (Ivy Tech, taught by Chris Reinhart), and “Vertical Studio” (IU School of Art and Design, taught by Jon Racek) have been getting real-life, hands-on experience during the prep […]

2401, 2016

Patty Callison Receives Volunteers of Lotus Quilt

January 24th, 2016|

Congratulations, Patty, for being a Volunteers of Lotus leader!  Last summer, we launched the “Volunteers of Lotus” Giving Group — a new opportunity for Lotus volunteers to join together to create an even bigger financial impact in support of the ethnic and musical diversity that Lotus brings to our town every year.

In honor of the launch, Lotus pioneer […]

901, 2016

Aw, We’re Blushing!

January 9th, 2016|

Benjamin Moore “White Blush” paint, that is.  Volunteer painters LuAnne Holladay, Bill Holladay, and Kevin Bird are giving the office space in our new facility a face-lift before we move in.  They’re hard at work with rollers, brushes, tape….and of course, an assortment of Lotus tunes in the CD player!

Thank you, LuAnne, Bill, and Kevin!  It […]

108, 2015

What’s Your Sign?

August 1st, 2015|

Ours is a big white banner, and it’s telling the world that the old Rogers St. Firehouse is now the “Future Home of the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation”.  Drive by and check it out — honk if you love Lotus!

Stay tuned for more facility news in the new year.  Our new home needs some […]

706, 2017

Lotus Launches “Storytelling” Visual Arts Project

June 7th, 2017|

Crankies & The Art of Storytelling
In May, the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation officially launched the 2017 visual arts project, “The Art of Storytelling.”  As an art, storytelling contains both visual components, like drawing and coloring, as well as the folk art of oral storytelling.

Lotus will partner with local social service and community organizations, as well as local artists for multi-day cranky storytelling workshops and performances. Cranky performances will be recorded and shared with the public in a “Cranky Experience Tent” at the Arts Village on Friday and Saturday, September 29-30, during the 24th annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival.

Learn more about our 2017 Visual Arts project during months leading to the Festival at at family and community including Arts Fair on the Square and the 4th Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts, where Lotus invites exploration into the art of storytelling with make-and-take crankies and other cranky activities.  During the Festival, find similar activities at Arts Village and Lotus in the Park.

In parallel, participants from Rhino’s Youth Center will collaborate with local artist, Sam Bartlett, on a larger “Life is Real: Lotus Dickey Cranky” to be performed at this year’s Festival opening concert.

This project is supported in part by the City of Bloomington Arts Commission’s Arts Project Grant Program.

 

 

About Crankies

Crankies are an old storytelling art form consisting of a long, illustrated scroll that is wound onto two spools and loaded into a box with a viewing screen. The scroll is hand-cranked while the story is told, brought to life with a song or tune. Crankies date from the 19th century and have strong ties to ballad songs and old-time American music traditions. Previous 2016 Festival artists Anna and Elizabeth are known for their crankies. Catch one during a NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk Concert Series” (cranky begins at 1:25).

About Workshops
Lotus staff and volunteers will facilitate workshops this summer with community partners. Local storyteller Patty Callison, of the Bloomington Storytellers Guild, will provide assistance at workshops by sharing stories and explain the elements of creating a story. A typical workshop will begin with participants being given a story strip of paper, given story prompts or possible themes, which could include stories from one’s family and how has music played a role in your life, basically sharing stories of our lives with one another. Further, visuals and/or words will be put on to paper to create a cranky, then rolled on to a wood frame and “hand-cranked” and one’s story will be told and shared with co-participants. Selections from the workshops will be then be part of the “Crankie Experience Tent” in the Arts Village at the Festival.

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