June arrives, and just like that, we’re in Lotus mode! We’re still working on our first look at this year’s Lotus World Music and Arts Festival (September 18-21) — look for that info in a few weeks — but in the meantime, we’re busy, busy bees in the Lotus hive. Read on, follow the links for more info, and plan your Lotus dates for the summer.

  • Calling All Sponsors! Lotus Executive Director Sunni Fass says, “I’m inspired by the many local businesses who see Lotus sponsorship as a key component of ‘giving back’ to their community and as, frankly, a core part of their business model and values.” Find out more about how you can become a Lotus sponsor and help bring the 2014 Festival to the stage.
  • At our annual Volunteer Recognition Party earlier this month, we congratulated Cindy Beaulé and Mitch Rice for 20 years of Lotus service, honored Sarah Noggle and Bob Flynn with Spirit of Lotus awards, and gave all attendees a first look at this year’s Lotus volunteer T-shirt art by illustrator Katie Vernon. And for all returning volunteers and volunteer wanna-be’s: Our volunteer application goes live on our website on July 1. Apply by August 12 to get priority consideration for your shift preferences.
  • Look for Lotus at the Arts Fair on the Square, June 21 — From 10am to 3pm, we’ll have simple make-and-take mask activities, along with a papier mâché mask-making demonstration. Appropriate for all ages, and your first Lotus fix of the summer!
  • On June 26, Communications Coordinator LuAnne Holladay and Outreach Director Loraine Martin, along with Sarah Hatcher, Head of Programs and Education at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, will lead a workshop / Q&A on community engagement and partnership building. The workshop is full, but anyone interested in being added to our participant wait list should get in touch with Loraine at 812-336-6599 or [loraine] {at} [lotusfest] {dot} [org].
  • This year’s Big Project for Lotus visual arts is Masks Around the World, which will yield a cluster of masks — large and small — for installation at the Festival. Guest artist Sam Bartlett will lead two free mask-making workshops at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures on July 9 and July 13. Masks Around the World is supported by a grant from the Bloomington Arts Commission; the Mathers workshops are presented as part of the IU Summer Festival of the Arts.
  • And here’s where Lotus volunteering and visual arts meet: The Lotus visual arts committee is conducting two Lotus Volunteer Faces plaster cast sessions as part of the Masks Around the World project (with McCalla School workshop space provided by IU Makes). We’re accumulating casts of volunteers faces — you need only sign up for one date, either Wednesday, July 16 (6-8pm) or Saturday, July 26 (11-1pm). Pre-registration is required; contact Loraine Martin for more information: [loraine] {at} [lotusfest] {dot} [org] or (812) 336-6599.

Endowment

Your contribution to the Lotus-Fitzgerald Endowment ensures that Lotus programming is sustained for generations to come. Until the end of September, we can help your Endowment gift stretch even further with a 1:2 challenge match from the Community Foundation of Bloomington, up to this year’s goal of $100,000. So now is the perfect time to make an investment in the future of Lotus and the future of visionary arts programming that continues to nurture our curiosity about different cultures, people, and places.

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