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 Church

FAR Center for Contemporary Arts

FAR is proud to be an AccessAbility business, designated by the City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility. All of our entrances, on both Fourth Street and Rogers are wheelchair accessible, we have an interior ramp that allows access to all parts of the building. Our gender neutral family bathroom is equipped with a changing table. All restrooms are ADA accessible. Service animals welcome.

Festival Store

Both entrances on N. Walnut Street are sidewalk-level entrances and both are wheelchair accessible. The Festival Store is located on one level without stairs. There are no restrooms available at this location. Service animals welcome. 

Lotus in the Park 2021

Lotus in the Park is located at Switchyard Park, a Bloomington Parks and Recreation facility. Switchyard Park is ADA accessible, with all entrances and exits to public facilities at sidewalk level. Venues within the park can be reached by paved paths. Accessible parking spaces are available in the main lot off of S. Rogers Street. Additionally, the parking lot off of S. Walnut Street is reserved for volunteer, artist, and accessible parking only during the festival. The brick walkway in front of the main stage is reserved for wheelchair access only. Accessible restrooms are available inside the building next to the splash pad, inside of the pavilion, and an accessible port-o-let will be available on the paved path at the rear of the mainstage lawn. 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.

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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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