Festival visual arts events are
free, open to the public,
and appropriate for all ages.

Arts Village installation

September 5 – 27
Color + Movement: The Making of Lotus Visual Art

Since 1994, Lotus visual arts have celebrated color and movement with use of contemporary textile materials — from the stage, in the street, and in our community. Many fans identify bamboo-and-fabric flags with the annual Festival, but these iconic pieces are also used in Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach programs, extending Lotus’s festive celebration into schools and elsewhere.

Lotus flag

This exhibition includes flags, tent tops, sculptural art, and other objects. To create such artifacts, Lotus uses the expansive “fabric” of Bloomington, involving volunteers, artists, community groups, youth, persons with disabilities, seniors, and other individuals and organizations. Through art that is active, vibrant, moving, and vital, Lotus strives to engage members of the community in its mission: create opportunities to experience, celebrate, and explore the diversity of the world’s cultures, through music and the arts.

This exhibit is curated by Gail Hale, Keith Romaine, and Susan Sammis.

  • September 5 • Opening reception / 5 – 8 pm
  • September 11 • Gallery talk by Gail Hale and Keith Romaine / 5:30 – 6:30 pm (Gallery reception with light refreshments, 5:30 – 8 pm.)

Exhibit presented in partnership with Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, the Center for Lifelong Learning, and the Bloomington Lifelong Learning Coalition; sponsored by CFC, Inc.

Arts VillageSeptember 19 – 20
Lotus Arts Village

  • 6th St., between Walnut & Washington
  • 6 – 10 pm each night

Sponsored by Beth Ellis, Realtor and ISU – The May Agency, with support from the Bloomington Arts Commission

  • Friday, Sept. 19, 8:30 – 8:45 pm
    >> Stages Bloomington performs a selection from “Chinese Story Theatre”
  • Arts village featuresMasks Around the World — An installation of masks drawing inspiration from cultural traditions from across the globe, created in workshops at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures (led by Sam Bartlett) and at summer camp outreach workshops with Boys & Girls Club Camp Rock, Stone Belt, Girls Inc., Prism Youth Community, and other community partners. This project made possible in part by support from the Bloomington Arts Commission. More on the Masks Around the World project here.
  • The IU / Lotus Inflatables project —  soft sculptures designed and fabricated for the Festival Arts Village in the spring of 2014, by students in Carissa Carman’s IU School of Fine Arts advanced textiles class. More about the project here.
  • Chalk art for all ages, with a demonstration of Indian kolam drawing by Radha Lakshmi (Saturday, Sept. 19, 7 – 8 pm)
  • Lotus Artists on the Map — a world map art display of Lotus performing artists’ countries from 21 years of Festivals
  • “Lotus” word art — “Lotus” in the languages of 2014 Festival artists
  • The return of the Lotus Brain, designed by Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor and artist Merridee LaMantia — more about the Lotus Brain here
  • Make colossal soap bubbles
  • Ode to Lotus "chandelier"And in the Ivy Tech Community College Tent (across Walnut from the Arts Village):
    Ode to Lotus — chandelier sculptures created by Ivy Tech Community College’s 3D Sculpture class in spring 2014 as a service learning project; taught by Amy Brier

Festival Visual Arts also include —

Lotus backdrop August 8 – September 22  •  Carving the Power of Pattern

Darn Good Soup (107 N. College)
Revisit the 20th Lotus celebration with a display of hand-carved blocks created for the Power of Pattern stage backdrop for the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The blocks are based on designs submitted by people of all ages from across the community. See their designs on the backdrop during this year’s Lotus World Music and Arts Festival.

September 18 – 21  •  The Power of Pattern

Buskirk-Chumley Theater stage (114 E. Kirkwood)
The Festival’s 2013 backdrop project returns to the BCT stage. Designs on the backdrop are the work of many people, of all ages, and reflect the beauty and diversity of Bloomington community. The backdrop was made possible with support from the Bloomington Arts Commission.