(Photo by Joe LaMantia, 2003)

Lotus visual arts = public workshops, collaborative community works, projects for kids at the Blossoms Bazaar, and happenings at the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival.

Children's workshop

Children at a Boys and Girls Club camp work on a Lotus banner.

Guiding Principles

  • Lotus visual art programs focus on community engagement and collaboration through participatory, hands-on arts programming.
  • Lotus visual art programs are accessible, reaching various sectors of our community, underserved groups and individuals, and participants of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
  • Lotus seeks out the artistic capabilities of all, tapping into both individual and group creativity throughout our community.
  • Lotus visual art programs are mission-oriented and create connections to the artistic expression of local and global cultures.
  • Lotus visual art programs support its performing-arts programming.
Textile exhibit

Opening reception for the “World Blues” indigo textiles exhibit, part of the 2013 Festival.

Lotus Visual Arts programs may include:

  • Community and school workshops
  • Service-learning projects with schools/universities
  • Exhibits
  • Activity stations at the Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar
  • Community art projects
  • Lotus in the Park art camp and workshops
  • Festival Arts Village
  • Festival parades

Policies and Practices

  • Lotus visual art programs and projects are volunteer-driven, directed by Lotus staff within a framework established by the organization’s strategic planning and annual budget. Lotus values partnerships and collaborations, which expand the reach and effectiveness of our programs.
  • Lotus may – from time to time and budget permitting – engage the assistance of professional artists on a stipend basis, based on a specific area of expertise and/or skill set related to a visual arts project.
  • Exhibitions typically focus on existing artifacts, with an emphasis on local/regional collections and relevance to the Lotus mission. Lotus exhibits are not commissioned or purchased. Exhibit planning focuses on developing partnerships to expand our resources and further our engagement with the community.
  • All artwork created under the auspices of Lotus becomes the property of Lotus. Lotus reserves the right to use artworks in support of future programming, unless otherwise designated, and to divest items periodically in a way that supports the organization.
Mask tent exhibit

Masks Around the World, Festival Arts Village. Photo by Jim Krause.

  • Lotus is not able to loan artworks for use by other community organizations or events. This policy exists to prevent loss and damage, to preserve the condition of items that may be needed for future Lotus events, and to reduce the administrative burden that a loan program creates for our small staff.
  • Lotus will consider donations of artworks, materials, and program supplies on a case by case basis. Unfortunately, limited storage capacity means that we are not always able to store items that someone may wish to donate to our organization.

For more information, contact Outreach Director Loraine Martin, 812-336-6599, {loraine} at {lotusfest} dot {org}

Detail from the 2013 "Power of Pattern" Festival stage backdrop

Detail from the 2013 “Power of Pattern” Festival stage backdrop