We hope you'll join us as we open our newly renovated Firebay venue to our friends and neighbors. Stop by the Lotus Firebay on Saturday, February 23, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. for an event packed with free hands-on fun, live performances, interactive activities, and more.
Dear Lotus Family,
The staff and board at Lotus have been closely monitoring the rapidly unfolding coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and following the recommendations being released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). With the recent announcement by Indiana University that face-to-face teaching will be suspended until at least April 6, it has become clear to us […]
Artists participating in Lotus Blossoms share their cultural traditions with school children and teachers throughout South Central Indiana. While they are here visiting schools, many of them conduct workshops or perform at the Lotus Firebay and other community spaces.
Masankho Banda (March 23-27)
Photo: Courtesy Masankho Banda
Performance artist, educator, spiritual healer, and peacebuilder, […]
The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation is pleased to share the news of a wonderful collaboration with the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design at Indiana University (SOAAD). In the fall of 2019, Jenny El-Shamy, a senior lecturer in graphic design at SOAAD and students from her senior-level Design for Social Impact course worked together […]
Written by LuAnne Holladay
In January, Lotus lost two members of its “extended family”: Mike Wilkerson and Paul Sturm.
Mike was a gifted arts administrator and teacher, and a tireless, articulate advocate for the arts in Bloomington and beyond. He was on the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation board of directors at a crucial period in our […]
The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation is thrilled to announce that the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts has recommended the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival for an Art Works Funding Grant in the amount of $ 35,000. We look forward to working with the Arts Endowment to finalize the grant and […]
January 24, 2020 — The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation has announced the dates for the 27thannual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival. This iconic, Bloomington event will take place September 24-27, 2020. Every year at the Lotus Festival, diverse sights and sounds fill the streets of Bloomington.
Established in 1994, the Lotus Festival, a flagship […]
January 17, 2020 — Through the generous philanthropy of Lotus supporters, the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation has reached its goal of raising $65,000 by January 31, 2020. The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, through its Lily Endowment Match Program, donated an additional $32,500 to the Lotus-Fitzgerald Endowment and the new Lee Williams […]
We are thrilled to announce that long-time member of the Bloomington arts community Marc Tschida will join the Lotus team as the new operations & business manager. Marc, who was previously the managing director at Cardinal Stage Company, will be in charge of running sound for Lotus events, keeping the building in good shape, and […]
Another Lotus Festival is in the books! A huge shout-out to all the volunteers who made the Festival function so smoothly and to all the artists who brought their incredible musical talents to our community.
And speaking of talent: We are so very appreciative of the work of Rob Simonds, our Booking Consultant for 2018 and […]
Thank you to everyone who came to the 26th annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival!
Let us know how we did by taking our post festival survey!
Fill out the survey by Nov. 1, 2019 and you will be entered into a raffle to win tickets to next year’s festival!
With you helping us by taking this […]