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107, 2017

Happy Festival Announcement Day!

July 1st, 2017|

… to unveil both a fabulous 2017 Lotus World Music & Arts Festival t-shirt design and a stellar artist lineup.  Mark your calendars for September 28 – October 1!   Without further ado:

First: The T-Shirt.
Artist and longtime Lotus lover Kayleigh Lebak designed the official 2017 Festival t-shirt (featured image) and pin, both of which were inspired by the chalking traditions rooted […]

2606, 2017

Growing Up With Lotus

June 26th, 2017|

by Sophie Bird, Guest Blogger

As a child attending the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, I mostly noticed the colors. Lotus was like a kaleidoscope – lively and vibrant – from the bright outfits worn by international musicians to the purple, green, and blue stage lights that illuminated 6th Street after dark. Once a year, I sport […]

2606, 2017

Guest Blogger: Rob Shakespeare

June 26th, 2017|

We invite you to read why Lotus Education & Arts Foundation board president Rob Shakespeare is passionate about supporting the Lotus mission:
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Lotus is such a gift to Bloomington, the surrounding counties, and to Indiana! I am so appreciative of serving on the board of this organization with its far reaching mission and impact.
The Festival is […]

2802, 2017

Lotus Blossoms Free Public Events

February 28th, 2017|

Think Lotus Blossoms is just for kids? Think again! Lotus Blossoms is our youth-focused arts education outreach program, but it also aims to connect artists with senior citizens, participants with developmental disabilities, and the general public.  Please join us! As always, a pillar of the program is the Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar. Free and open […]

2601, 2017

We Met Our Goal!

January 26th, 2017|

After one year of energetically weaving stars out of gift tie ribbon, old maps, junk mail, gift wrap, old Lotus posters, newspapers and repurposed cloth, Lotus surpassed its goal of 10,000 stars to the One Million Stars to End Violence project. Lotus worked with more than 70 community partners and 4,000 participants at community events […]

905, 2017

Special Feature: Celebrating Festival Volunteers

May 9th, 2017|

To celebrate the 500+ fabulous folks who make the Festival possible, we kick off Festival Volunteer Season by highlighting some favorite memories as shared by the volunteers profiled in our “Lotus Lovers Who Light Up Lives” series.

Judy Farnsworth
How would you describe to a friend why they should attend or volunteer for the Lotus Festival?
It’s a great […]

905, 2017

Volunteer Profile: Judy Farnsworth

May 9th, 2017|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
I don’t remember how I heard about the volunteer call out. I did have friends who volunteered in the first year or so. Malke Rosenfeld was the volunteer.coordinator, my first year.

What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
It seemed like it would be fun, and I […]

904, 2017

Volunteer Profile: Kevin Bird

April 9th, 2017|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
Saw it in the newspaper.

What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
My wife, Jill Bird.

What volunteer jobs have you performed?
I’ve been a gofer, helped with artist hospitality, food pick-up, bus wrangling at the Bazaar, and artist airport pick-up and return

Which volunteer experiences have you most enjoyed?  […]

903, 2016

Volunteer Profile: Teri Watkins

March 9th, 2016|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
I was downtown having dinner with friends and heard some wonderful music. Being naturally curious about it, I went to find it and found a big tent and parade. The next spring, I signed up at the Farmers Market booth to become apart of Lotus.

What initially inspired […]

702, 2016

Volunteer Profile: LuAnne Holladay

February 7th, 2016|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
I first heard about Lotus when I attended the very first Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, waaaaaaay back in 1994. And I first was a volunteer, and then a Lotus staff member for 18 years or so.

What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
I knew […]

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