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Volunteer Profiles: Lotus Lovers Who Light Up Lives!
Read about the amazing people who generously lend their energy and time to making Lotus possible from behind the scenes.  We’ll be adding Volunteer Profile snapshots on an ongoing basis, so please check back often to keep meeting the people who make Lotus tick!

608, 2018

Volunteer Profile: Jacob Smith

August 6th, 2018|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
As with most of the best things in my life- purely a happy accident. My freshman year at IU, I took a class that required each of us to join any campus organization. I randomly choose Union Board. At the call out meeting, I had to choose […]

1501, 2019

Volunteer Profile: Andy Qualls

January 15th, 2019|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization
Promotional material for the Festival.
What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
I thought it was so cool that such a broadly diverse world music event was happening in my hometown and was excited to learn that I could be part of it and so I volunteered.

What […]

1605, 2018

Volunteer Profile: Bill Holladay

May 16th, 2018|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization
Lee told us about the very first one, which we attended. Been volunteering ever since the following week or so.
What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
The first Lotus Festival was such a vibrant, exciting evening of music and community that it COULD NOT be a […]

1601, 2018

Volunteer Profile: Lynn Schwartzberg

January 16th, 2018|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
I can’t remember, it’s been a long time!

What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
We loved the event, volunteering is always my next logical step! I love working behind the scenes to help make events successful!

What volunteer jobs have you performed?
I worked my very first shift […]

905, 2017

Volunteer Profile: Judy Farnsworth

May 9th, 2017|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
I don’t remember how I heard about the volunteer call out. I did have friends who volunteered in the first year or so. Malke Rosenfeld was the volunteer.coordinator, my first year.

What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
It seemed like it would be fun, and I […]

904, 2017

Volunteer Profile: Kevin Bird

April 9th, 2017|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
Saw it in the newspaper.

What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
My wife, Jill Bird.

What volunteer jobs have you performed?
I’ve been a gofer, helped with artist hospitality, food pick-up, bus wrangling at the Bazaar, and artist airport pick-up and return

Which volunteer experiences have you most enjoyed?  […]

903, 2016

Volunteer Profile: Teri Watkins

March 9th, 2016|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
I was downtown having dinner with friends and heard some wonderful music. Being naturally curious about it, I went to find it and found a big tent and parade. The next spring, I signed up at the Farmers Market booth to become apart of Lotus.

What initially inspired […]

702, 2016

Volunteer Profile: LuAnne Holladay

February 7th, 2016|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
I first heard about Lotus when I attended the very first Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, waaaaaaay back in 1994. And I first was a volunteer, and then a Lotus staff member for 18 years or so.

What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
I knew […]

706, 2016

Volunteer Profile: Kevin Atkins

June 7th, 2016|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
I think the first hint of Lotus I got was hearing Gabriel Yacoub on WFHB back in, maybe 1996…   such haunting modal harmony. (Hear what Kevin is talking about here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6EF3mPuCZU)

What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
In 1998 I got my first digital camera…  and […]

706, 2016

Volunteer Profile: Crystal Ritter

June 7th, 2016|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
I first heard about Lotus through an Ethnomusicology Class that I was taking at Indiana University. If you signed up to volunteer at this music festival, Lotus, you would get extra credit. I looked into it and thought this sounds like something I would enjoy, so I […]