Lotus Festival Accessibility

The Lotus Education and Arts Foundation is committed to providing arts programs that are accessible to audiences of all ages and abilities.

Festival events and public workshops occur in indoor venues conforming to the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and outdoor venues (tents and parks) provide street-level access to all performances. Please see below for accessibility information specific to past and present Festival venues. Friendly volunteers are always available to assist patrons at workshops and at the Festival with directions and information about venue access.

Our office is happy to work directly with patrons requiring materials in other formats, including large-print program information available on request.  Using a Braille Reader? Click here here to download a list-format Festival Schedule as a Word document.

While animals are generally prohibited in Festival venues, we DO welcome service animals that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.

Additional accommodations for special needs are available on request – please call us at 812-336-6599 for more information.

Frequently used Festival and workshop/performance venues include:

Buskirk-Chumley Theater

The Buskirk-Chumley Theater and the BCT Box Office have sidewalk-level main entrance doors. Accessible seating is available on the main floor, including an area for wheelchairs. The theater has two accessible bathrooms in the interior lobby on the main floor. Wireless assisted-listening headsets are available for all performances and are distributed by the house manager on duty.  Service animals welcome.

Indian violinist at First Christian ChurchFirst Christian Church

Wheelchair access is available from the west side of the building, using the doors facing Washington Street.  Accessible bathrooms are located on both lower floor and upper floor (elevator available).  Service animals welcome.

First Presbyterian Church

The 7th Street entrance to the church (under the awning, off the parking lot) is wheelchair accessible and leads to the sanctuary.  Accessible restrooms are located on the main level near the accessible entrance; additional accessible restrooms on the lower level can be reached by elevator.  Service animals welcome.

First United Methodist Church

Patrons requiring wheelchair access should go around the corner to the Atrium doors on 4th Street; please check with a Festival volunteer for additional assistance. From the Atrium entrance, an elevator is available for access to the sanctuary, and there are ramps to the building’s accessible restrooms.  Service animals welcome.

Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

The arts center provides a wheelchair-accessible entrance on the 4th Street side of the building, and there is elevator or ramp access to all floors and galleries. Accessible restrooms are available.  Service animals welcome.

Lotus in the Park

Lotus in the Park is located at Waldron, Hill, and Buskirk Park (also known as Third Street Park), a Bloomington Parks and Recreation facility. The site sits directly behind (south) of the Bloomington Police Department (BPD) and is surrounded by Washington St. to the west, Smith Ave to the south and Lincoln St. to the east. There are three (3) designated accessible parking spaces in the parking lot off of Smith Avenue (one-way west). In addition, a paved sidewalk runs through the park by the fountain for ease of wheelchair mobility. Accessible restrooms are available inside the park’s Alison-Jukebox building. Groups and individuals with special needs can make advance parking arrangements (preferably 7-10 business days ahead) and/or other arrangements with Lotus outreach director Loraine Martin at (812) 336-6599 or loraine@lotusfest.org.  Service animals welcome.

Mathers Museum of World Cultures

An access ramp is located at the Fess Avenue entrance, on the corner of 9th Street and Fess Avenue. Reserved parking spaces are available on 9th Street, between Fess and Indiana Avenue.  There are two accessible bathrooms on the main gallery floor—one for men, one for women. Special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs; if you need assistance, please call the Museum at 812-855-6873.  Service animals welcome.

Monroe County Public Library

The Monroe County Public Library is committed to making its buildings, collections, programs, and services accessible to all members of the community. The Main Library has three accessible parking spots in its lot and additional metered spots on surrounding streets, and BTaccess can provide public transportation. Wheelchairs for public use are available at each entrance and an elevator provides access to all floors.  The Main Library has accessible bathrooms on every floor in the building.  Service animals welcome.

Tent Venues

Lotus street tents have street-level access for entry/exit, and accessible port-o-let restrooms are available nearby.  Tents are designed as standing-room venues; however, some limited seating is available on a first-come basis.  Service animals welcome.


Photo credits, from top:
2013 Festival parade, photo by Garrett Poortinga; Indian violinist Lalitha performs in the First Christian Church at the 2013 Festival, photo by Andy Qualls.

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