The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation is thrilled to announce that the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts has recommended the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival for an Art Works Funding Grant in the amount of $ 35,000. We look forward to working with the Arts Endowment to finalize the grant and appreciate the endowment’s support for this project which allows the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival to continue offering free programming that engages the community in celebrating the diversity of our world.

The Art Works funding category supports projects that focus on public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation; the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence; learning in the arts at all stages of life; and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. The National Endowment for the Arts has approved 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million in the first round of the fiscal year 2020 funding to support arts projects in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Colombia and Puerto Rico. We at the Lotus Foundation could not be happier about our inclusion in this group.

“We are so happy that we have once again received this grant from the National Endowment for the Arts,” Lotus Executive Director Tamara Loewenthal stated. “Not only does it help us to meet our mission and engage with our community, but it is also a major recognition that the work we do at Lotus is highly valued by adjudicators at a national level and is worthy of taxpayer support.”

“The arts are at the heart of our communities, connecting people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support projects like the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival.”

 Established in 1994, the Lotus World Music & Arts Festivalis the Lotus Foundation’s flagship program. The festival is one of the oldest world music festivals in the United States and the only festival of its kind in the state of Indiana. Now in its 27thyear, the festival attracts more than 12,000 people to downtown Bloomington every September for multiple days of music and experiences with the arts from around the globe. Through the festival, the Lotus Foundation creates the rare opportunity for audiences to experience places far removed from their everyday surroundings and to broaden their worldview through the arts.

Save the date!
27th Annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival
September 24 – 27, 2020

 About Lotus Education & Arts Foundation

Established in 1994, the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Bloomington, Indiana, with a mission to create opportunities to experience, celebrate, and explore the diversity of the world’s cultures, through music and the arts. Lotus offers the annual flagship Lotus World Music & Arts Festival Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach, a vibrant Visual Arts program, and special programming and events with community partners throughout the year. Lotus is also proud to offer the Firebay, our venue space that is available for rental and used for various events throughout the year.

For more information about Lotus, please visit www.lotusfest.orgor contact communications & Marketing DirectorKathleen Clark-Perez at, 812-336-6599.  A full list of Lotus public events can be found at