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Lotus in the Park

September 17, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT


Lotus in the Park
Saturday, September 17   |   Noon – 5:00pm
Waldron, Hill, and Buskirk Park (Third Street Park, 331 S. Washington St.)

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Indiana is celebrating its 200th birthday throughout 2016. As part of the statewide Bicentennial Celebration, Lotus in the Park is dedicated to celebrating the history and future of arts and culture in the state, including commemorating the life of our organization’s partial namesake, Quinten “Lotus” Dickey.  From noon to 5:00pm on Saturday, September 17th, Lotus in the Park features live performances, workshops, hands-on Art Camp activities, exhibits, a bike corral, and local food trucks.

This activity is a signature project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, and is made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission.


Live Performances on the IU School of Global and International Studies Main Stage

12:45-1:30 pm
Lotus Dickey Tribute
 (US) / Honoring an Indiana music icon

2:15-3:00 pm
Anna & Elizabeth
(US; Lotus Dickey Artist) / American roots and folk

3:45-5:00 pm
Fiddle River Stringband
 (US) / Old-time and community dance

in the IU Global Education Pavilion

Sponsored by the IU Center for the Study of Global Change

12:00-12:45 pm
Bruce Taggart (Fiddle/Mandolin Maker) and Clint Bear (Guitar Maker)
Presented in partnership with Traditional Arts Indiana.

Maryann Talia Pau
(founder, One Million Stars to End Violence project)

Bill Berg
(Dulcimer Builder) and Tony Artis (African Drum Maker)
Presented in partnership with Traditional Arts Indiana.

Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) Bicentennial Artisans Exhibits

Featuring regional instrument-makers and the traveling exhibit “Indiana Folk Art: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation.” This 24-panel traveling exhibit, includes the work of more than 45 artists from throughout Indiana. At Lotus in the Park, TAI showcases four master instrument makers dedicated to diverse traditional art forms found in our state.  Artisans include Bruce Taggart (Fiddle/Mandolin Builder), Clint Bear (Guitar Maker), Bill Berg (Dulcimer Builder), and Tony Artis (African Drum Maker).  In partnership with Traditional Arts Indiana.

Art Camp: Noon-5:00 pm –
Art activities for all ages

Sponsored by Dr. Lisa J. Baker, DDS of Baker Family Dentistry, PC

Star Weaving with Lotus Education and Arts Foundation – One Million Stars to End Violence: Create 8-pointed stars to contribute to an installation at Bloomington’s City Hall, with a final destination in an international art installation at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Meet and Weave a star with Maryann Talia Pau, founder of the “One Million Stars to End Violence” project (available 3:00-5:00 pm)

Color Samoan Barkcloth Symbols and create your own Lotus Friendship Bracelet with Lotus.

Lotus Dickey-inspired Art Station with Mathers Museum of World Cultures and Lotus. Paint imagery and lyrics from Dickey’s famous song “Indiana, My Home Sweet Home.” Create an Indiana tapestry with block prints and coloring related to our Hoosier heritage and Dickey.

Instrument building, build-a-boat challenge, Namahage Masks, and Siyazama Coloring with Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

Paint a mural based on the art of Indiana artist T.C. Steele with T.C. Steele State Historic Site.

Create quilt blocks with Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) inspired by Indiana designer, Marie Daugherty Webster (1859-1956) and the exhibition A Joy Forever: Marie Webster Quilts, on view at the IMA through January 8, 2017.

Tap into our local Limestone heritage with the Indiana Limestone Symposium, featuring carving demonstrations and opportunities to try out some hand tools.

Park your bike in the Salt Creek Cycles bike corral!
Cyclists receive at 15% discount coupon for a purchase at Salt Creek Cycles. With maps and info from the Bloomington Bicycle and Pedestrian Commissions. Receive Lotus reflective bike stickers (while they last), too!



September 17, 2016
8:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT


Waldron, Hill, & Buskirk Park
331 S. Washington
Bloomington, 47404 United States
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