The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation is happy to announce that we recently received funding from the Performing Arts and Global Exchange (PAGE) Grant through the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

This funding allows Lotus to bring the incredible Lemon Bucket Orkestra to Bloomington for a return engagement, to do performances and outreach. While we very much hope for live performances with Lemon Bucket, we are also cognizant that COVID-19 may still inhibit or prohibit certain aspects of our planned engagements. In any event, Lotus will work with MAAF, the NEA, and the artists to find a creative way to share Lemon Bucket Orkestra’s amazing energy and talent with our community.

“I am beyond excited to see this funding support to Lotus to bring back Lemon Bucket Orkestra for our 2021 Festival,” Lotus Executive Director Tamara Loewenthal said. “For those lucky enough to see their previous performances – and the parade – at our 2018 Festival, you know the artistic dynamic and musical delights that this group brings to their shows – I can’t wait to have them back in Bloomington!”

PAGE is a nationwide grant program designed to increase the availability of international performing arts programming throughout the United States and to promote a greater understanding of other cultures through the performing arts. PAGE provides fee support grants to nonprofit presenting venues and units of state, local, or tribal government located anywhere in the United States and its territories that contract performing artists from the annually curated PAGE roster. Artists on the roster have not widely toured in the United States and reside in a focus region, selected for its rich diversity of artists. The 2020 – 2021 touring roster features artists from Canada and Mexico.