January 17, 2020 — Through the generous philanthropy of Lotus supporters, the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation has reached its goal of raising $65,000 by January 31, 2020. The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, through its Lily Endowment Match Program, donated an additional $32,500 to the Lotus-Fitzgerald Endowment and the new Lee Williams […]
We are thrilled to announce that long-time member of the Bloomington arts community Marc Tschida will join the Lotus team as the new operations & business manager. Marc, who was previously the managing director at Cardinal Stage Company, will be in charge of running sound for Lotus events, keeping the building in good shape, and […]
Another Lotus Festival is in the books! A huge shout-out to all the volunteers who made the Festival function so smoothly and to all the artists who brought their incredible musical talents to our community.
And speaking of talent: We are so very appreciative of the work of Rob Simonds, our Booking Consultant for 2018 and […]
Thank you to everyone who came to the 26th annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival!
Let us know how we did by taking our post festival survey!
Fill out the survey by Nov. 1, 2019 and you will be entered into a raffle to win tickets to next year’s festival!
With you helping us by taking this […]
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 […]
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 […]
FLAT BREAD (contains gluten)
Baked in wood fired oven made by local craftsman Andrew Gerber
Red beets with yogurt and za’tar
Red pepper and walnut spread
GOLDEN BEET SALAD (Vegan)
Golden beets, orange, lemon, kalamata olives
Ground beef and lamb with pine nuts with tahini sauce
VEGAN CHICKPEA KOFTA (Vegan)
Chickpeas with tahini sauce
Lentils, rice, and fried onion
KAFFIR LIME […]
A long-time supporter of the arts and education, local entrepreneur and consultant Denise Lessow has stepped in at Lotus Education and Arts Foundation for the next few months while the Board searches for a permanent Executive Director. Denise is a seasoned administrator, with over 25 years as a non-profit leader, facilitator, evaluator, fundraiser, and university faculty member. She […]
… to unveil both a fabulous 2017 Lotus World Music & Arts Festival t-shirt design and a stellar artist lineup. Mark your calendars for September 28 – October 1! Without further ado:
First: The T-Shirt.
Artist and longtime Lotus lover Kayleigh Lebak designed the official 2017 Festival t-shirt (featured image) and pin, both of which were inspired by the chalking traditions rooted […]
We invite you to read why Lotus Education & Arts Foundation board president Rob Shakespeare is passionate about supporting the Lotus mission:
Lotus is such a gift to Bloomington, the surrounding counties, and to Indiana! I am so appreciative of serving on the board of this organization with its far reaching mission and impact.
The Festival is […]