Each year, Lotus Blossoms artists visit K-12 schools across south-central Indiana, performing for thousands of young students.  Lotus arranges interactive performances, provides artist transportation and housing, and even provides Study Guides and Teacher Resources (below) for classroom use with more information about artist countries, cultures, and musical styles.

2016 Lotus Blossoms programming presented by The Raymond Foundation with support from Macy’s, IU East Asian Studies, Star of Indiana, Sophia Travis Community Service Grant, and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

Interested in bringing a Lotus Blossoms artist to your school or organization? Please browse our 2016 Artist Roster and then sign up via the 2016 Lotus Blossoms Scheduling Survey and we will work with you to match your preferences with our artist schedules.  Questions?  Contact Outreach Director Loraine Martin at 812-336-6599, or loraine {at} lotusfest {dot} org for more information.

Lotus strives to keep costs as low as possible, and has asked schools for the same $300 fee since 2001. This covers only a portion of the costs needed to bring artists from around the world to area schools, and Lotus covers the rest through active fundraising including individual donations, grants, and business sponsorships.

If you are interested in having your 4th-grade class participate in the World Bazaar on Friday, April 1st, please visit this page for details.

Want to “Adopt a School” or make a donation to help bring the world to a classroom?  Click here for details on how to contribute.

2016’s program is made possible in part to these generous sponsors:

Presented By:
The Raymond Foundation

With Additional Support From:
Bell Trace
Mathers Museum of World Cultures
IU African Studies
IU East Asian Studies
IU Funding Board/Ethnomusicology Students Association
Solution Tree
Sophia Travis Community Service Grant
Star of Indiana
St. John Associates
Sylvan Learning Center

(Header image: Sean Cleland & Jackie Moran at Grandview Elementary, 2016.  Photo by Grace Newlin.)

Teacher Resources

Teacher Workshop:  Math & Origami with Kuniko Yamamoto
April 5, 4:30pm — click for details and registration

2016 Lotus Blossoms Artist Study Guides
Kim & Reggie Harris: Dream Alive study guide ; Underground Railroad study guide
Seán Cleland & Jackie Moran: Irish Music School of Chicago study guide
Kuniko Yamamoto: Origami Tales teacher guide ; Kuniko Yamamoto study guide K-12
Sylvester Makobi (Bazaar artist): Kenyan Arts & Culture study guide

State and Federal Standards

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) recognizes that the twenty-first-century classroom and workplace have evolved into settings in which people from widely varying backgrounds come together. As they grow into citizens of Indiana, the U.S., and the world, students must learn about and understand other perspectives and cultures.

Follow the links below to learn how the Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar and Lotus Blossoms’ school educational programs address federal and state standards.  (We are working hard to keep up with recent changes, so these links may refer to prior-year publications.)

Internationalizing the Academic Standards: Indiana (IASI)

Activities and World Maps

Rwandan musicians in Lotus Blossoms performance

Members of Jean-Paul Samputu’s Rwandan percussion ensemble perform at Helmsbury Elemetary in 2007