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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

1608, 2016

Chef David Tallent curates Lotus food trucks.

August 16th, 2016|

Nationally recognized Chef David Tallent is helping Lotus blend local food with global flavor for this year’s  Lotus World Music & Arts Festival.  A nine-time James Beard Award semi-finalist, Tallent is guest curator for the 2016 Lotus Food Truck Village, inviting hand-picked food trucks from Louisville, Indianapolis, and Bloomington to offer festival attendees diverse menu options ranging from Indian cuisine and […]

108, 2016

Festival Tickets On Sale Now!

August 1st, 2016|

Tickets are on sale now for the 23rd annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, September 15-18!  Save with advance purchase and weekend-pass options.  Click here for full ticketing details, or to make a purchase now.

Don’t miss our newest offering – a Lotus All-Inclusive Package that gives you the entire Festival in one convenient click. This advance […]

107, 2016

2016 Festival Artist Line-up

July 1st, 2016|

It’s here!  We’re excited to reveal the 30+ different artists who will take the stage throughout the 23rd annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival.  The majority of our 2016 artists are making their Lotus debut this year, so there will be loads of new  music to discover . . . but, of course, we’ve also invited back some […]

1406, 2016

2016 Festival Artwork Revealed

June 14th, 2016|

Every year, Lotus selects two local artists to bring their creative visions to the Festival experience and create the artwork that will grace t-shirts, posters, and more.  Watch for these 2016 designs to make their way into the Lotus landscape over the coming months!

Joe Lee: 2016 Festival T-Shirt and Pin
Renowned cartoonist Joe Lee used Bloomington’s iconic weather-vane […]

1406, 2016

Women Writing for (a) Change bring Lotus Stars to Incarcerated Women

June 14th, 2016|

Written by Lauren Bryant

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016, Amy Cornell was learning to weave stars with her 6-year-old daughter at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. The star-folding scene was the official launch of the year-long One Million Stars to End Violence: Lotus International Star-Weaving Project. 

Amy and I are long-time participants in Women […]

1306, 2016

Edible Lotus: Local Tastes for Global Arts

June 13th, 2016|

Every year, hundred of guests gather for Edible Lotus, an evening of fun and fundraising in support of Lotus’ free and educational outreach programs.  Thank you for your generosity in support of the Lotus mission!  With your help, this event raises over $30,000 for Lotus programming. Your participation truly brings the world to our community and […]

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