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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 […]

603, 2018

Lee Williams Recognized by IU’s Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

March 6th, 2018|

On February 22, 2018, Lotus Education & Arts Foundation founder Lee Williams received the Indiana University Office of the Vice President of International Affairs’ Distinguished International Service Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the international mission of Indiana University.

Remarks kindly provided by Shawn Reynolds, who presented the award on behalf of IU’s OVPIA:

 

I am […]

2609, 2017

A “How to Lotus” Guide

September 26th, 2017|

by Jeff Mease, Guest Blogger/Supporter/Festival Fan/co-Founder + CEO – One World Enterprises

If you’re like me, and I think you are, you’ll have the best Lotus experience by doing it in a different way than you normally approach music performance. Most of us most of the time go to see live acts where we already know the […]

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 […]

912, 2017

Volunteer Profile: Garrett Poortinga

December 9th, 2017|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
Well, I’m a Bloomington native, born and raised, so it was always seemingly part of the woodwork of B-town culture. My parents would Volunteer when I was a kid, so perhaps that may have been some my first encounters of the name and event.

What initially inspired you […]

1605, 2018

Volunteer Profile: Bill Holladay

May 16th, 2018|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization
Lee told us about the very first one, which we attended. Been volunteering ever since the following week or so.
What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
The first Lotus Festival was such a vibrant, exciting evening of music and community that it COULD NOT be a […]

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