The Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar is a free multicultural arts and education event for kids, families, and community members.

Volunteers from the Bloomington community (and around the world) present arts, music, language, and international crafts that let attendees get their hands on the world with more than 30 vibrant, high-energy activity stations.  Grab your passport at the door, and go! Visit our Facebook photo albums for snapshots of Bazaar fun.

The Friday edition of the Bazaar is open only to area 4th-graders, but Saturday’s Community Day is free and open to the public.  If you are interested in having your school participate in Friday’s students-only Bazaar (offered free to schools), contact Lotus Executive Director Tamara Loewenthal at 812-336-6599 or tamara@lotusfest.org.

Created in 1996 with the help of area teachers, the Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar has become a tradition in Monroe County schools — public, private, and charter — as well as in our community.  The World Bazaar is generously hosted at Fairview Elementary School,  located in Bloomington at 500 W 7th St.

How we are adapting the Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar for 2021:

We have reimagined the 26th Annual Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar to adapt to the world we find ourselves in during this pandemic. The Lotus staff is working tirelessly to ensure that a full range of virtual and hands-on arts activities and programming will reach thousands of students, families, and community members in South Central Indiana this year.

The Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar has been imaginatively reconfigured into Bazaar Outreach kits that contain instructions for multicultural activities, with links to accompanying how-to videos, made in collaboration with 25+ community partners. These kits will be distributed by the thousands to students in Monroe County and to community members in the Bloomington area. Lotus will also share exclusive pre-recorded performances by world-class artists such as Vox Sambou, Yungchen Lhamo, Elida Almeida, and Violet Duncan.

At a time when extracurricular cultural activities at schools and organizations are vastly reduced, our arts programming is crucial. Performances and resources like these connect our community with the world, opening hearts and minds to other cultures and other lived experiences. Music and art allow us to heal and to grow together.

2021 Bazaar planning committee: Tamara Loewenthal (chair), Katie Bethel,  Sarah Hatcher, Deborah Hutton, Laura Plummer, Marc Tschida, Kathleen Clark-Perez, Celina Jaffy, Quentin Beverly, and Adriane Pontecorvo 

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Thank you, 2021 Lotus Blossoms Sponsors and Grantors!

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