Lotus Blossoms

1709, 2019

Free Events at #LotusFest2019

September 17th, 2019|

The Lotus Festival schedule is packed! From performances with artists to interactive art exhibits. There’s something for every person of every age. The best part? So many Festival events are free, thanks to donors, sponsors, and all the volunteers that bring it together. Here are some of the free activities happening at Lotus Festival next […]

1103, 2018

Lotus Blossoms Public Events

March 11th, 2018|

As Spring Blooms, Lotus Blossoms
We’re excited to be presenting our most robust artist lineup ever for our 23rd annual Lotus Blossoms.  We’ve packed a public event calendar with ample opportunities for fans of every age to celebrate music and art from around the globe.

Lotus Blossoms is not just for kids.
As the cornerstone of our educational outreach programming, Lotus […]

2802, 2017

Lotus Blossoms Free Public Events

February 28th, 2017|

Think Lotus Blossoms is just for kids? Think again! Lotus Blossoms is our youth-focused arts education outreach program, but it also aims to connect artists with senior citizens, participants with developmental disabilities, and the general public.  Please join us! As always, a pillar of the program is the Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar. Free and open […]

1105, 2015

2015 Lotus Blossoms by the numbers

May 11th, 2015|

Artists from 5 countries/cultures
5,500 participants of all ages
2 months of programming
31 different events at 20 unique venues
23 schools served
World Bazaar 20th anniversary

 To date, Lotus Blossoms 2015 is 74% funded.
Can you help us reach 100% support?

For 21 years, Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach has provided Indiana school children with the opportunity to explore the music and art of […]

3003, 2015

Thank you for a wonderful Lotus Blossoms 2015!

March 30th, 2015|

The 2015 edition of Lotus Blossoms has concluded and we would like to take the opportunity to extend our gratitude to everyone who made it possible!  Our thanks go out to all of our Blossoms sponsors and donors; to all of the volunteers who made the 20th World Bazaar a great success; and to […]

1902, 2015

Introducing Lotus Blossoms 2015

February 19th, 2015|

What better way to welcome spring than with Blossoms! This February and March, the 2015 Lotus Blossoms line-up takes center stage in our schools and our community.  Lotus Blossoms is an educational outreach program that enables youth and community members alike to engage with artists from around the globe, developing an appreciation and respect for different cultural traditions and the people who bring them to life.


1604, 2014

Postcards from Lotus Blossoms

April 16th, 2014|

This year’s Lotus Blossoms has come and gone, leaving indelible images of Indiana kids at moments of marvelous discovery: drumming with an Ivory Coast musician; watching Indian dancers tell stories with exquisite gestures; stomping feet to Quebecois rhythms. For many students who attended Lotus Blossoms events, this is Lotus, their very own festival, delivered to their doorstep. […]

2503, 2014

Family Day at the Bazaar – March 29

March 25th, 2014|

2702, 2014

Dancing Lotus Blossoms – From India to Indiana

February 27th, 2014|

The first week of Lotus Blossoms was a beautiful whirlwind of Indian folk traditions with our new friends, Kalapriya. By the time the group headed back to their home base in Chicago, Pranita Jain, Anu Bhatt, and Rouchana Igoudina had traveled four counties and introduced more than 2,000 children to the intricate beauty – and story telling – of Bharata Natyam dance. […]

2308, 2013

Twenty Years of Lotus and IU

August 23rd, 2013|

Indiana University’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures was the very first Lotus venue: On a cool October afternoon in 1994, the festival began on the museum’s front porch, with a set of folk music by Andrew Lazaro, a Puerto Rican doctoral student at the IU School of Music. Afterward, there was a small parade to the new Waldron Arts Center downtown, symbolically linking campus and community, IU and Lotus.

The town/gown partnership that marked Lotus’s first year has held fast for two decades. […]