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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 […]

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 […]

2408, 2018

2018 Visual Arts Brings Brazil to Bloomington

August 24th, 2018|

Maracatu: Celebration from Brazil to Bloomington
Be part of bringing Brazil to Bloomington!  Our 2018 visual arts project focuses on Maracatu, a 400-year old Afro-Brazilian parading tradition with origins in the northeastern city of Recife. Highlighting different strands of history and promoting community diversity, Maracatu acts as an expression of creativity and inclusivity, mirroring social concerns that are significant to society today. 

“Celebrations from Brazil to Bloomington,” led by artist and ethnomusicologist Dr. Colleen Haas, will offer FREE, all-ages activity stations and workshops throughout Festival weekend, including at Lotus in the Park and in the Festival Arts Village.  Participants will have opportunities to design, create, and use percussion instruments like those commonly played at Maracatu Carnival festivities…and then join Dr. Haas (and local group Women of Mass Percussion) to learn Maracatu rhythms and perform as a community.

This project is supported in part by the City of Bloomington Arts Commission’s Arts Project Grant Program.

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706, 2017

Lotus Launches “One Million Stars To End Violence” Project

June 7th, 2017|

The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation officially launches its year-long 2016 initiative, “One Million Stars to End Violence: Lotus International Star-Weaving Project” on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2016.
Weave a star at the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, and meet the project’s founder!  Details here.
Visit our Events Calendar for dates & details on […]

607, 2014

Wear a Lotus Pin

July 6th, 2014|

— And help underwrite our free Festival programming.

When you buy a Lotus Pin ($5), you help us foot the bill for free events like Lotus in the Park, the Festival Arts Village, and this year’s special “Color + Movement” exhibit. Fan support is crucial to help us keep these programs accessible to all. […]

3005, 2014

Community Partner Profile: Bell Trace

May 30th, 2014|

The Lotus World Music and Arts Festival may be the big event in our year, but dozens of individual programs fill out our calendar, year round, and help us reach diverse audiences. Art-making workshops, concerts for students, the Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar, and more: this programming, most of which is free and open to the public, is possible thanks to thriving relationships with community partners like Bell Trace Senior Living. […]

611, 2013

Outreach Partner Profile: T. C. Steele State Historic Site

November 6th, 2013|

“When people ask about the work of Lotus, we remind them that a good portion of what we do is made possible through powerful collaborations across the spectrum of our community. Teaming up with other organizations allows us to expand our reach to audiences and participants, lower costs by sharing resources and skill sets, and strengthen  programming on all sides. […]

212, 2013

When Lotus Comes to Lunch

December 2nd, 2013|

During Lotus Blossoms outreach in the spring, and even on the Festival weekend, we try to arrange occasions where our visiting artists meet young people in the community. {Pictured above: members of the Nigerian band Etran Finatawa with Indiana University Wells Scholars and other Honors College students, 2008.} […]

110, 2013

IU Ukrainian Club Meets DakhaBrakha

October 1st, 2013|

Members of Indiana University’s Ukrainian Club connected with the avant-garde ensemble DakhaBrakha on Lotus weekend, and Ethnomusicology grad student Shaun Williams had a chance to talk to the band about their music, their creative process, and their impressions of American audiences as they embark on their first U.S. tour. […]

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. […]