Students at a Blossoms concert

Students at Harmony School stand up and dance for Lotus Blossoms. Photo by Jeremy Hogan.

Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach nurtures children’s curiosity about other cultures by bringing internationally respected artist-educators into southern-Indiana schools. From a one-day event in 1996, it has evolved into several weeks of performances and events for young students and adults alike. 2015 Lotus Blossoms takes place in February and March.

Since 2001, Lotus Blossoms has reached an audience of nearly than 110,000 young people in southern Indiana.

Lotus Blossoms school events are dedicated to students — but concerts, free meet-the-artist events, and a free Family Day at the Lotus Blossoms Bazaar let you in on the fun. If you are interested in bringing a Lotus Blossoms artist to your school or organization, please fill out the 2015 Lotus Blossoms scheduling survey; also contact Lotus if you are also interested in having your school participate in the Friday students-only Bazaar. All inquiries should go to Outreach Director Loraine Martin at 812-336-6599, or loraine {at} lotusfest {dot} org


  • Featured artists for 2015
    Arab Association table at the Lotus Blossoms Bazaar

    Members of the Bloomington Arab American Association speak with 4th-graders at the 2014 Bazaar.

    Find out more about our Lotus Blossoms artists from Finland, Japan, the U.S., Uganda, and Bali.

  • Lotus Blossoms in schools
    Learn more about how to bring a Lotus Blossoms artist to your school and get involved with the Bazaar.
  • Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar – Help celebrate our 2015 twentieth Bazaar! Created in 1996 with the help of area teachers, the Lotus Blossoms Bazaar has become a tradition in Monroe County schools — public, private, and charter. The Bazaar provided the foundation for our full-fledged Lotus Blossoms outreach programming in 2001. The Bazaar is open only to MCCSC and Monroe County private and charter school 4th-graders on Friday; on Saturday, the public is invited to attend. All ages welcome, but activities are most appropriate for ages K-6.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors. Without your support, Lotus Blossoms would not be possible. Our sincerest gratitude goes to the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, IU African Studies, IU East Asian Studies, Bloomingfoods, Star of Indiana, IU Ethnomusicology Students’ Association, Bell Trace Senior Living Community, St. John Associates, The Raymond Foundation, Indiana University Student Association, Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.