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1801, 2018

Let the Transformation Begin!

January 18th, 2018|

Thanks to the generosity of over 130 donors, Lotus is able to begin renovations! At five months in, we are over 2/3 of the way there in meeting our financial goal. Thank you to all who have contributed to transform the firehouse. You or your business can still take part and make a gift today […]

111, 2017

Lotus secures IHCDA’s Matching Grant …THANK YOU!

November 1st, 2017|

We did it! 

The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation successfully completed a major hurdle in securing funds to support the Global Arts Center capital campaign. By raising $50,000 via crowdfunding, Lotus will receive a matching $50,000 grant sponsored by the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority’s CreatINg Places program.

The crowdfunding match campaign began September 12 and […]

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 […]

706, 2017

Lotus Launches “Storytelling” Visual Arts Project

June 7th, 2017|

Crankies & The Art of Storytelling
In May, the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation officially launched the 2017 visual arts project, “The Art of Storytelling.”  As an art, storytelling contains both visual components, like drawing and coloring, as well as the folk art of oral storytelling.

Lotus will partner with local social service and community organizations, as well as local artists for multi-day cranky storytelling workshops and performances. Cranky performances will be recorded and shared with the public in a “Cranky Experience Tent” at the Arts Village on Friday and Saturday, September 29-30, during the 24th annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival.

Learn more about our 2017 Visual Arts project during months leading to the Festival at at family and community including Arts Fair on the Square and the 4th Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts, where Lotus invites exploration into the art of storytelling with make-and-take crankies and other cranky activities.  During the Festival, find similar activities at Arts Village and Lotus in the Park.

In parallel, participants from Rhino’s Youth Center will collaborate with local artist, Sam Bartlett, on a larger “Life is Real: Lotus Dickey Cranky” to be performed at this year’s Festival opening concert.

This project is supported in part by the City of Bloomington Arts Commission’s Arts Project Grant Program.

 

 

About Crankies

Crankies are an old storytelling art form consisting of a long, illustrated scroll that is wound onto two spools and loaded into a box with a viewing screen. The scroll is hand-cranked while the story is told, brought to life with a song or tune. Crankies date from the 19th century and have strong ties to ballad songs and old-time American music traditions. Previous 2016 Festival artists Anna and Elizabeth are known for their crankies. Catch one during a NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk Concert Series” (cranky begins at 1:25).

About Workshops
Lotus staff and volunteers will facilitate workshops this summer with community partners. Local storyteller Patty Callison, of the Bloomington Storytellers Guild, will provide assistance at workshops by sharing stories and explain the elements of creating a story. A typical workshop will begin with participants being given a story strip of paper, given story prompts or possible themes, which could include stories from one’s family and how has music played a role in your life, basically sharing stories of our lives with one another. Further, visuals and/or words will be put on to paper to create a cranky, then rolled on to a wood frame and “hand-cranked” and one’s story will be told and shared with co-participants. Selections from the workshops will be then be part of the “Crankie Experience Tent” in the Arts Village at the Festival.

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706, 2017

Lotus Launches “One Million Stars To End Violence” Project

June 7th, 2017|

The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation officially launches its year-long 2016 initiative, “One Million Stars to End Violence: Lotus International Star-Weaving Project” on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2016.
Weave a star at the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, and meet the project’s founder!  Details here.
Visit our Events Calendar for dates & details on […]

2007, 2015

2015 Lotus World Music & Arts Festival Preview

July 20th, 2015|

The 22nd Annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival
September 24-27, 2015
Downtown Bloomington, Indiana
Presenting Sponsors:
Bloomingfoods Market & Deli, Blueline Media Productions,
and Indiana University
Click here for a full list of our awesome 2015 Festival Sponsors!

Tickets on sale now! – Online at bctboxoffice.com; Buskirk-Chumley Theater Box Office (114 E. Kirkwood), 812-323-3020.  Weekend Passes also available at most Bloomingfoods locations.

Watch […]

110, 2014

A Round of Applause for Our Sponsors

October 1st, 2014|

At the end of our twenty-first festival season, we thank the many sponsors who stepped forward to underwrite nearly half of the costs necessary to bring Lotus to life on the streets of Bloomington.  […]

109, 2014

From First Date to Festival Art

September 1st, 2014|

The featured art for our 21st Festival is the work of a Washington, DC–based design firm with origins in Bloomington, and Lotus. Mike Englert and Ambica Prakash are the founding partners of Eighty2degrees, a socially responsible design firm whose client list includes the United Nations Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and National Geographic Kids.

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2708, 2014

Meet Katie Vernon – 2014 Lotus Volunteer T-shirt Designer

August 27th, 2014|

This year’s signature art for our Lotus volunteer T-shirt comes from illustrator Katie Vernon. “My inspiration came from my work as a florist and a landscaper, and my delight in the amazingness of nature.” […]

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