After one year of energetically weaving stars out of gift tie ribbon, old maps, junk mail, gift wrap, old Lotus posters, newspapers and repurposed cloth, Lotus surpassed its goal of 10,000 stars to the One Million Stars to End Violence project. Lotus worked with more than 70 community partners and 4,000 participants at community events […]
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.
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.
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Radha Lakshmi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work draws on the women’s ritual and folkloric arts of her native Southern India, as well as other aboriginal traditions. She is an expert in the art of kolam, a traditional Indian form that incorporates mythology and symbols of Southern India: it is both a form of artistic […]