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107, 2016

2016 Festival Artist Line-up

July 1st, 2016|

It’s here!  We’re excited to reveal the 30+ different artists who will take the stage throughout the 23rd annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival.  The majority of our 2016 artists are making their Lotus debut this year, so there will be loads of new  music to discover . . . but, of course, we’ve also invited back some […]

1406, 2016

2016 Festival Artwork Revealed

June 14th, 2016|

Every year, Lotus selects two local artists to bring their creative visions to the Festival experience and create the artwork that will grace t-shirts, posters, and more.  Watch for these 2016 designs to make their way into the Lotus landscape over the coming months!

Joe Lee: 2016 Festival T-Shirt and Pin
Renowned cartoonist Joe Lee used Bloomington’s iconic weather-vane […]

1406, 2016

Women Writing for (a) Change bring Lotus Stars to Incarcerated Women

June 14th, 2016|

Written by Lauren Bryant

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016, Amy Cornell was learning to weave stars with her 6-year-old daughter at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. The star-folding scene was the official launch of the year-long One Million Stars to End Violence: Lotus International Star-Weaving Project. 

Amy and I are long-time participants in Women […]

1306, 2016

Edible Lotus: Local Tastes for Global Arts

June 13th, 2016|

Every year, hundred of guests gather for Edible Lotus, an evening of fun and fundraising in support of Lotus’ free and educational outreach programs.  Thank you for your generosity in support of the Lotus mission!  With your help, this event raises over $30,000 for Lotus programming. Your participation truly brings the world to our community and […]

2305, 2016

Lotus Blossoms 2016 Report

May 23rd, 2016|

Over the past 22 years, Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach has provided more than 126,000 Indiana school children with the opportunity to explore the music and art of global cultures, stoking their curiosity about the larger world.  Lotus Blossoms’ 2016 slate of excellent performances and interactive activities once again illustrated the Lotus Education and Art Foundation’s […]

803, 2016

Your Support Brings the World to our Schools

March 8th, 2016|

 “The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals and transcend boundaries.”
– Jane Chu, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Lotus has been bringing transformational arts experiences to our youngest audiences for more than twenty years through Lotus […]

803, 2016

A Teacher’s View: The Joy of Lotus Blossoms

March 8th, 2016|

Long-time educator Jim Morrison has taught across south-central Indiana and shares his thoughts about the quality, value, and “joyous” experiences provided by the Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach program for K-12 schools and students.  Jim now leads a classroom of 5th and 6th graders at The Project School — his students continue to enjoy Lotus Blossoms […]

2401, 2016

Patty Callison Receives Volunteers of Lotus Quilt

January 24th, 2016|

Congratulations, Patty, for being a Volunteers of Lotus leader!  Last summer, we launched the “Volunteers of Lotus” Giving Group — a new opportunity for Lotus volunteers to join together to create an even bigger financial impact in support of the ethnic and musical diversity that Lotus brings to our town every year.

In honor of the launch, Lotus pioneer […]

1911, 2015

Help keep the music playing!

November 19th, 2015|

Encore!  Encore!  Our Lotus artists heard this refrain over and over from 12,000 Festival patrons who didn’t want the music to end.  And we hear this call year-round, from the thousands of people served by our mission – students, families, teachers, social-service agencies, at-risk youth, and participants of all ages, lifestyles, and incomes – who look […]

2010, 2015

Big Thanks to Our Volunteers!

October 20th, 2015|

We at Lotus want to offer our sincere and deepest thanks for your hard work and enthusiastic spirit, as you volunteered for the 2015 Festival. The gifts of your time and energy mean the world to us, allowing us to bring the music of the world’s cultures to our Bloomington doorstep. You are the key […]