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1404, 2020

How Donors and Businesses Can Help

April 14th, 2020|

Charitable Giving through the CARES Act

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the daily reality for everyone in the US. Like many nonprofits, Lotus is looking closely at both our upcoming programming and our financial future, in a world where we can’t hold live ticketed events, and where businesses and friends are facing economic challenges.

Lotus is so […]

1004, 2020

Giri and Uma Peters Lotus Live-Stream Concert Video

April 10th, 2020|

We loved watching Giri and Uma Peters live for our first Lotus Live-Stream Concert. Giri and Uma are a brother-and-sister duo from Nashville, Tennessee who play a soulful blend of old-time, roots, and bluegrass music. As young people, their musicality and vocal harmonies showcase a creativity and originality far beyond their years. They were a big hit at the […]

402, 2020

A Remembrance of Mike Wilkerson and Paul Sturm

February 4th, 2020|

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

1612, 2018

Volunteer Profile: Cherri DuPree

December 16th, 2018|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
Cindy L. (now Beaule) came to Sunrise Greetings with a ton of little index cards 20 years ago looking for volunteers.

What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
I was interested in being more involved in the community and I love music.

What volunteer jobs have you performed?
Ticket sales, […]

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 […]