Lotus to Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Lotus audience in the streets

Bloomington, IN — The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation is pleased to announce it has been approved by the
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award of $20,000.

This grant will support the 2024 Lotus World Music & Arts Festival. In total, the NEA will award 1,135 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling more than $37 million as part of its second round of fiscal year 2024 grants.

“Projects like the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival exemplify the creativity and care with which
communities are telling their stories, creating connection, and responding to challenges and opportunities in their communities—all through the arts,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “So many aspects of our communities such as cultural vitality, health and wellbeing, infrastructure, and the economy are advanced and improved through investments in art and design, and the National Endowment for the Arts is committed to ensuring people across the country benefit.”

Established in 1994, the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival transforms downtown Bloomington, Indiana into a cultural hot-spot filled with international music, diverse cuisine, hands-on arts experiences, dancing, busking, pop-up parades and so much more.
The Lotus Festival is family-friendly and is meant to be enjoyed by all. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and grantors, the Lotus Festival offers both free and ticketed experiences.
The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Bloomington, Indiana (est. 1994). Our mission is to create opportunities to experience, celebrate, and explore the diversity of the world’s cultures, through music and the arts.
“Transforming Bloomington’s streets is an essential part of the Lotus experience,” Lotus Executive Director Katarina Koch said. “I am so grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for their long-time support of the Lotus Festival. These funds allow us to create the festival atmosphere and activate downtown Bloomington spaces and venues.” 

For more information on other projects included in the NEA’s grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

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