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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 – SOLD OUT

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 […]

2810, 2016

Lee Williams named as Community Arts Award winner

October 28th, 2016|

Congratulations, Lee!  Lotus founder Lee Williams was just named for a Community Arts Award Special Citation for Lifetime Achievement, by Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington.  Winners were juried by an independent community group, from 50+ nominations received.

From the program: “Lee Williams has shaped and defined the music culture of Bloomington. Lee co-founded and booked a nightclub […]

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 […]

2709, 2016

Meet Sam Bartlett, Volunteer Shirt Artist

September 27th, 2016|

As a nationally – and sometimes internationally — touring contradance musician, a former Lotus performer, and an avid participant in residence artist programs connected to schools, libraries, and dance camps, artist Sam Bartlett is no rookie on the artist scene. In fact, the 2016 Festival volunteer tee marks the second time Sam has conceived Festival artwork (he’s […]

1109, 2016

Meet Joe Lee, 2016 Tee & Pin Designer

September 11th, 2016|

Joe Lee didn’t have a sudden, single moment that inspired him to create the illustration for the 23rd Annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival.  Instead, the dreamer and designer of this year’s Festival artwork simply drew from a concept that’s been simmering for years in the nooks and crannies of his mind.

“Funnily, I have […]

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