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811, 2017

Lotus Blossoms 2017 Report

November 8th, 2017|

Global Music to Many: Lotus Blossoms 2017
Amazing teaching artists came to Indiana this spring for the Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach Program. In 2017, artists representing China, Mexico, Iraq, Uganda, and North American/Celtic traditions shared their unique talents with schoolchildren across our region.  (Click for bios of 2017 Blossoms artists)  This year, Blossoms reached over 10,000 […]

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 […]

706, 2016

Volunteer Profile: Kevin Atkins

June 7th, 2016|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
I think the first hint of Lotus I got was hearing Gabriel Yacoub on WFHB back in, maybe 1996…   such haunting modal harmony. (Hear what Kevin is talking about here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6EF3mPuCZU)

What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
In 1998 I got my first digital camera…  and […]

2112, 2016

Happy Holidays!

December 21st, 2016|

Happy Holidays from Lotus!  Our office will be closed starting December 23rd, and we’ll reopen in the new year on Tuesday, January 3rd.

There’s still time to make your tax-deductible year-end donation to Lotus!  Don’t worry — even though we’re closed, gifts that are postmarked or received by December 31st will be processed as 2016 contributions for […]

912, 2016

Donate with NAP Credits

December 9th, 2016|

Our NAP credits for 2016 are now SOLD OUT.

But…Friends of Lotus donations are always tax-deductible!  If you would like to make a contribution that keeps the world coming to our community, please click here to get started.

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Lotus is now participating in the popular Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax-credit program. Credits are still available! Through NAP, a […]

1711, 2016

Help Give the Gift of Lotus

November 17th, 2016|

Thank you for joining with us this year to celebrate the beauty and diversity of the world’s cultures!  As you saw firsthand in September and throughout this year, Lotus is deeply committed to bringing people together through music and the arts. Our year-round programming allows Lotus to plant the seeds of beauty, respect, curiosity, and cross-cultural […]

1011, 2016

2016 Lotus World Music & Arts Festival Report

November 10th, 2016|

Each fall, the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival attracts 12,000+ individuals over four days to Bloomington, Indiana. The Festival, established in 1994, celebrates the uniqueness and variety of cultural experiences from across the globe, year after year enriching the cultural landscape of Bloomington and broadening the musical and artistic understanding of attendees.
Produced by the […]

2007, 2017

Meet Margie VanAuken, Volunteer Shirt Artist

July 20th, 2017|

Artist Margie VanAuken shares the background on this year’s Volunteer T-Shirt art as well as some of her favorite Lotus highlights in a special pre-Festival behind-the-scenes peak at some of the moving parts that converge during Festival weekend!

When was your first Lotus Fest?
It was the very first one. I forget exactly which year that was, but […]

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