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Bloomington, IN — The Lotus Education and Arts Foundation (Lotus) is pleased to announce it has received a $2,557.89 grant from the Brown County Community Foundation. These funds will support the 2024 Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach Program. 

The Brown County Community Foundation has the best interests of the community at heart, distributing over $1.7 million in grants and scholarships to the Brown County community in 2022.  By supporting charitable organizations in broad areas of community need – education, social services, housing, health care, arts and humanities, and the environment – the BCCFC helps build a stronger, healthier Brown County. 

Lotus Blossoms is an annual four-week series of artist workshops and performances focused on outreach and education, via globally and culturally diverse music and arts experiences. Every spring, Lotus Blossoms connects students, families, and communities with performing artists from all over the globe. 

Serving South Central Indiana since its inception in 1996, Blossoms has reached more than 210,000 students and community members and has amplified the diverse voices of over 60 international artists. Last year alone we facilitated 35 unique opportunities in 6 counties that reached over 10,000 Hoosiers in their community spaces with this program. 

A cornerstone of Lotus Blossoms programming is a focus on engagement with underserved urban and rural communities. These constituencies often lack access to people of diverse backgrounds and to multicultural experiences. 

By presenting global music and arts experiences, Lotus strives to inspire a love of diversity in these communities. Through Lotus Blossoms’ programming, Lotus also serves populations that have limited opportunities to experience in-person musical experiences, including those in retirement homes, preschools, detention centers, or economically disadvantaged communities.

This year’s Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach Program will take place from March 18 – April 12, 2024. Please visit lotusfest.org/events for the most updated information about public performances and workshops. 

Our Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar Community Day will take place on Saturday, March 23 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Fairview Elementary School. This free event will feature multicultural interactive activities, music, and dance for all ages. 

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