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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 […]

607, 2014

Wear a Lotus Pin

July 6th, 2014|

— And help underwrite our free Festival programming.

When you buy a Lotus Pin ($5), you help us foot the bill for free events like Lotus in the Park, the Festival Arts Village, and this year’s special “Color + Movement” exhibit. Fan support is crucial to help us keep these programs accessible to all. […]

3005, 2014

Community Partner Profile: Bell Trace

May 30th, 2014|

The Lotus World Music and Arts Festival may be the big event in our year, but dozens of individual programs fill out our calendar, year round, and help us reach diverse audiences. Art-making workshops, concerts for students, the Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar, and more: this programming, most of which is free and open to the public, is possible thanks to thriving relationships with community partners like Bell Trace Senior Living. […]

611, 2013

Outreach Partner Profile: T. C. Steele State Historic Site

November 6th, 2013|

“When people ask about the work of Lotus, we remind them that a good portion of what we do is made possible through powerful collaborations across the spectrum of our community. Teaming up with other organizations allows us to expand our reach to audiences and participants, lower costs by sharing resources and skill sets, and strengthen  programming on all sides. […]

212, 2013

When Lotus Comes to Lunch

December 2nd, 2013|

During Lotus Blossoms outreach in the spring, and even on the Festival weekend, we try to arrange occasions where our visiting artists meet young people in the community. {Pictured above: members of the Nigerian band Etran Finatawa with Indiana University Wells Scholars and other Honors College students, 2008.} […]

110, 2013

IU Ukrainian Club Meets DakhaBrakha

October 1st, 2013|

Members of Indiana University’s Ukrainian Club connected with the avant-garde ensemble DakhaBrakha on Lotus weekend, and Ethnomusicology grad student Shaun Williams had a chance to talk to the band about their music, their creative process, and their impressions of American audiences as they embark on their first U.S. tour. […]

2308, 2013

Twenty Years of Lotus and IU

August 23rd, 2013|

Indiana University’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures was the very first Lotus venue: On a cool October afternoon in 1994, the festival began on the museum’s front porch, with a set of folk music by Andrew Lazaro, a Puerto Rican doctoral student at the IU School of Music. Afterward, there was a small parade to the new Waldron Arts Center downtown, symbolically linking campus and community, IU and Lotus.

The town/gown partnership that marked Lotus’s first year has held fast for two decades. […]

705, 2013

Partner Profile: Mathers Museum of World Cultures

May 7th, 2013|

At Lotus, we’re lucky to work with many community organizations — to share resources, to reach larger audiences, to pool creative energy and ideas. One of our longtime community partners is IU’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures, which hosted the very first Lotus event (ever), back in 1994. […]

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