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3112, 2020

Lotus: a year in photos 2020

December 31st, 2020|

Thank you, Lotus community, for sticking with us, supporting us, and meeting the challenges of 2020 together with us! Because of you, Lotus continues to make positive change in our community and beyond through international music and art experiences. We can’t wait to work together with you in 2021 to touch even more lives through […]

812, 2020

Lotus Lantern & Luminaria Project

December 8th, 2020|

The First Annual Lotus Lantern Walk took place last Friday, December 4. People who had crafted either wooden-frame lanterns or Chinese lanterns came together to walk with their lighted lanterns from the Lotus HQ to the Bloomington Banquet sculpture on the B-line. Once there, we gathered in a circle to sing some traditional lantern songs. […]

2411, 2020

Lotus Receives Recover Forward Grant

November 24th, 2020|

Lotus is happy to announce that we have received funding from the Recover Forward Grant, Mayor John Hamilton’s initiative to Recover Forward from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) has awarded $48,000 in grant funding to 21 nonprofit organizations that foster the arts and cultivate community in Bloomington.
All of the grant recipients have […]

510, 2020

Meet The New Lotus Graduate Assistants

October 5th, 2020|

Henry Bowen is originally from Conway, Arkansas, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arkansas with an M.B. in Music Business. He is currently a second-year graduate student at Indiana University Bloomington, pursuing an M.A. in Arts Administration. For the past 3 years, he has spent his summers in Vail, Colorado working for the […]

2308, 2020

Lotus Festival Outreach Kits Available

August 23rd, 2020|

The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation is thrilled to share the launch of the 2020 Lotus Festival Outreach Kits with the community during this festival season. This year Lotus fans can enjoy Lotus in the Park activities in the comfort of their own homes. The free Lotus Festival Outreach Kits will be available HERE to […]

2906, 2020

Meet this Year’s T-shirt/Festival Artwork Artist, Katie Vernon

June 29th, 2020|

Lotus is delighted to be working with accomplished illustrator Katie Vernon for this year’s festival artwork and t-shirt design. Katie has created illustrations for Lotus in the past and was thrilled to be asked to design this year’s Lotus t-shirt. During this strange time of feeling disconnected, Katie wanted to make an illustration that was full […]

1202, 2020

Lotus Blossoms Lineup 2020

February 12th, 2020|

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, […]

2709, 2019

Why I Love Lotus

September 27th, 2019|

As the 26th Lotus World Music Festival is set to begin in just a few days, I have been thinking a lot about the event. The staff is working long hours to ensure each band safely arrives, each venue is properly set up and each volunteer knows exactly what to do. This year will be […]

1107, 2019

Balla Kouyate Awarded National Heritage Fellowship Award

July 11th, 2019|

If you’ve been perusing the performer list on our website, you know that Balla Kouyaté will be playing at the 26th Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, as part of a duo, with Mamadou Diabate. What you may not know is that Balla has just been awarded a 2019 National Heritage Fellowship Award, an honor […]

2205, 2019

Meet New Executive Director Tamara Loewenthal

May 22nd, 2019|

Tamara Loewenthal is delighted to be appointed to be the new Executive Director for the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation. In the over twenty years that Tamara has served the Lotus organization, she has had a hand in developing many of the programs that are now counted as jewels in the Lotus crown.  From visioning […]