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2906, 2018

Festival Artist Sneak Peek #5: Spiro

June 29th, 2018|

The final sneak peek is one that I have a special attachment to. I’ve been a fan of the English quartet Spiro for many years (they’ve been around for as long as Lotus), but have been frustrated that they have never toured the U.S. So one of my goals in working with Lotus this year […]

706, 2018

Festival Artist Sneak Peek #2: Aynur

June 7th, 2018|

About 10 years ago, someone tipped me to a great music documentary about the roots music movement in Istanbul called “Crossing the Bridge.” I found the DVD and screened it one summer night with my family. The film is a fantastic musical journey, and the standout scene was recorded in an 18th Century Turkish bath, […]

1404, 2018

The 9,000 Mile Journey of 10,000 Stars

April 14th, 2018|

Passionate about Peace:
A Donor Profile Featuring Armen Vartian and Candice Foss
As perennial supporters of Lotus, Armen Vartian and Candice Foss contributed a crucial element in Lotus successfully delivering over 10,000 stars to the One Million Stars to End Violence project. The husband-wife duo work at the same law office, where Armen specializes in legal issues […]

1904, 2018

Lotus Debuts at Bloomington Trashion Refashion Show

April 19th, 2018|

This year’s opening act for Bloomington’s Trashion Refashion event on April 8 at the Buskirk Chumley Theater was an exciting melding of performing and visual art.  Lotus staff member Tamara Loewenthal’s performing dance group, the Foot Squad, strutted their stuff as they clogged and flatfooted through several dynamic dance tunes.  Their outfits were created from a combination […]

1403, 2018

Reflecting Renovations

March 14th, 2018|

So shiny…
Thanks to Loren Wood Builders’ hard work, the Firehouse Transformation is chugging right along!
The new insulation provided by Spray Foam Insulators paired with the Pella windows currently being installed on our building’s north side are exciting developments that will complement the HVAC installed by Commercial Service a few weeks ago.
 

The framing and electrical circuit rough-in […]

905, 2017

Special Feature: Celebrating Festival Volunteers

May 9th, 2017|

To celebrate the 500+ fabulous folks who make the Festival possible, we kick off Festival Volunteer Season by highlighting some favorite memories as shared by the volunteers profiled in our “Lotus Lovers Who Light Up Lives” series.

Judy Farnsworth
How would you describe to a friend why they should attend or volunteer for the Lotus Festival?
It’s a great […]

1601, 2018

Volunteer Profile: Lynn Schwartzberg

January 16th, 2018|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
I can’t remember, it’s been a long time!

What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
We loved the event, volunteering is always my next logical step! I love working behind the scenes to help make events successful!

What volunteer jobs have you performed?
I worked my very first shift […]

811, 2017

Lotus Blossoms 2017 Report

November 8th, 2017|

Global Music to Many: Lotus Blossoms 2017
Amazing teaching artists came to Indiana this spring for the Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach Program. In 2017, artists representing China, Mexico, Iraq, Uganda, and North American/Celtic traditions shared their unique talents with schoolchildren across our region.  (Click for bios of 2017 Blossoms artists)  This year, Blossoms reached over 10,000 […]

2810, 2016

Lee Williams named as Community Arts Award winner

October 28th, 2016|

Congratulations, Lee!  Lotus founder Lee Williams was just named for a Community Arts Award Special Citation for Lifetime Achievement, by Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington.  Winners were juried by an independent community group, from 50+ nominations received.

From the program: “Lee Williams has shaped and defined the music culture of Bloomington. Lee co-founded and booked a nightclub […]

2709, 2016

Meet Sam Bartlett, Volunteer Shirt Artist

September 27th, 2016|

As a nationally – and sometimes internationally — touring contradance musician, a former Lotus performer, and an avid participant in residence artist programs connected to schools, libraries, and dance camps, artist Sam Bartlett is no rookie on the artist scene. In fact, the 2016 Festival volunteer tee marks the second time Sam has conceived Festival artwork (he’s […]

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