Lotus brings the world to South Central Indiana with year-round global music and art programming. The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that offers year-round programming to support its mission: to create opportunities to experience, celebrate, and explore cultures from around the globe through music and the arts.
Operating as usual
Join us Saturday for a fundraiser for Iryna’s hometown🇺🇦
Folklore PhD student Iryna Voloshyna will be leading a Folk Singing Workshop fundraiser next Saturday, April 30! Space is limited, please email ivolosh @ iu.edu to reserve a seat. Suggested donation: $25 (Cash Only)
Happy Earth Day! Lotus loves our earth and the diversity it holds ❤️💚💙
Thank you for your support and love.
Join us with Iryna Voloshyna next Saturday, April 30th, for a Ukrainian folk singing workshop and fundraising effort for the territorial defense of Iryna's hometown of Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine 🇺🇦
Read more about the workshop here: https://fb.me/e/2lXENQcls Space is limited. Please register by emailing Iryna at [email protected].
That's a wrap for Lotus Blossoms 2022! It's been a whirlwind of a month. 4 artist groups, 28 performances across 5 counties in South Central Indiana, two days of the Lotus World Bazaar — featuring 30+ presenters and performers — and thousands of people impacted. We'll share more of the MANY incredible moments from this year's Lotus Blossoms in the coming weeks.
Thank you to this year's Lotus Blossoms artists, participating schools and community centers, Lotus World Bazaar presenters and performers, Fairview Elementary, our partners, sponsors, and donors, and all who came out to enjoy the events. We could not have had such a wonderful Lotus Blossoms without you!
Photos by: IU School of Ed, Tamara Loewenthal, Amanda Hutchins
Some shots from the final day of 2022’s Lotus Blossoms programming with the wonderful @lovesaraswathiveena 💕🎶
📸: Amanda Hutchins @starfull
Another day of Lotus Blossoms with Saraswathi🌷She’s playing tonight @morgenstern.books at 6:30 pm. Reserve at: https://www.lotusfest.org/event/saraswathi-in-concert/. Link in bio!
Lotus has been bringing global artists to South Central Indiana since 1996, but the power of Blossoms artists in these settings never fails to stun us. Your support as donors and volunteers enable us to amplify diverse voices from around the globe right here in our own communities and right where people live, work, and go to school.
Donate to Lotus Blossoms: https://www.lotusfest.org/donate/
Be a Lotus Volunteer: http://bttr.im/momta
Links in bio!
Saraswathi is playing at schools for Lotus Blossoms this week 🌷
You can also catch her public concerts at Monroe County Public Library (Indiana) this evening and Morgenstern Books tomorrow evening 🎶📚 Space is limited. Check for seats & register:
You can still see Eleanor Dubinsky and Dario Acosta Teich, Argentine & Latín jazz duo, while they’re in Bloomington for Lotus Blossoms. Seats are available at this evening’s public concert, 4/7, at the Lotus Firebay! Reserve at lotusfest.org/events.
Looking for experience in music or the arts?
A variety of internship positions are available at Lotus! Gain experience in marketing, development, backline, artist relations, community outreach, visual arts programming, or volunteer management! Find out more and apply at lotusfest.org/jobs.
Every Wednesday in April, STARTING TODAY, you can show this coupon or mention Lotus Foundation over the phone while ordering. 20% of proceeds from orders will go to Lotus! Thank you, Lennie's !
Live concert this week! 🎶
Eleanor Dubinsky and Dario Acosta Teich, Argentine and Latin jazz duo, are in concert this Wednesday - 4/6 in Paoli and Thursday - 4/7 at the Lotus Firebay in Bloomington. Reserve seats at lotusfest.org/events
Lotus World Bazaar was wonderful because of all of you! 🌎❤️ Thank you to everyone who came out & to this year’s amazing presenters and performers.
See you next time! 🎨🎶💃🏻
Lotus World Bazaar kicking off now ✨🥳 We’ll be here until 3!
These presenters and performers are at Lotus World Bazaar today! 11 - 3 at Fairview Elementary 🌎🎉
See you tomorrow, Saturday April 2nd, for Lotus World Bazaar at Fairview Elementary, 11 am to 3 pm 🌎🌷
Presenters will be guiding activities from around the world. There will also be live performances on the main stage and food trucks outside 😋😍
Love these shots with incredible presenters from today! @polkolivo
@lotusindiana thank you for an amazing event. See you tomorrow!
SUCH a fun first day of Lotus World Bazaar with these groups 😍🎉
TOMORROW, all ages, come out to Fairview Elementary from 11 am - 3 pm! 🌎 20+ incredible presenters will be guiding hands-on activities from around the world. PLUS a lineup of live performances and food trucks set up outside 😋
Bloomington Creative Glass Center Indiana University Morgenstern Books Playground Productions Studio Center for the Study of Global Change - Indiana University La Poblana Taco Truck Döner Kebab Indiana University African Studies Program
Storytelling with Violet Duncan happening tonight at 6:30 @morgenstern.books !
Tonight at 6:30pm at the bookstore — Reading and storytelling with Native American storyteller @violetduncan, In partnership with @lotusindiana
This year's World Bazaar passports for 4th grade students on Friday are blue and yellow 🇺🇦
The Lotus World Bazaar, with 20+ hands-on activities and 6 performers, is open to everyone THIS SATURDAY at Fairview Elementary in Bloomington from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.
From Violet Duncan’s beautiful performance at Indiana University School of Education yesterday! The last chance to see Violet while she’s in Bloomington is tomorrow evening at 6:30 at Morgenstern Books ! She will be storytelling, dancing, and signing books she authored about hoop dancing 😍💜📚
Save your seat here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/storytelling-and-book-signing-with-violet-duncan-tickets-277134586007
This Saturday is the annual Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m at Fairview Elementary in Bloomington 🌎🎉 Come out for 20+ hands-on activities from around the world and live performances. La Poblana & Doner Kebab food trucks will be set up for lunch.
- Instrument demonstrations
- Writing your name in 5+ languages
- Indonesian Games
- Making Chilean Rain Sticks
- Henna Tattoos
- Ukrainian Pysanky Egg Decorating
- Nigerian Adire Cloth Workshop
And more! Don't miss this magical event! Your passport is covered😉
Lotus Blossoms and World Bazaar is made possible by the support of Lotus grantors, including incredible, community-minded organizations like the Brown County Community Foundation, Indiana Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, and Arts Midwest.
We are so grateful for their generous support. Your work enables Lotus to bring global arts to the communities of South Central Indiana. Thank you!
Volunteer at this year's World Bazaar, coming up Saturday, April 2nd, here: http://bttr.im/momta
📸: Merril Hatlen, 2019 at the Lotus World Bazaar
Lotus is so excited to partner with @morgenstern.books to deliver events by Lotus Blossoms Artists at the bookstore!
Next Wednesday, March 30th, join Native American artist and author Violet Duncan for a storytelling. On April 12th, enjoy an evening of music with veena artist Saraswathi Ranganathan.
We're also grateful for Morgenstern's financial support, which helps us bring Lotus Blossoms events to our community.
Sign up for these and all our Blossoms events today: https://www.lotusfest.org/events
Deb Hutton, former Lotus Board Member, long-time volunteer, and Lotus Blossoms Bazaar Committee Member, will be matching donations up to $1,000 for Blossoms this spring!
“Lotus Blossoms and the Blossoms Bazaar brings the world to Bloomington Monroe county youth and so many others in our region who may never be exposed to global cultures in their lifetime…it brings the experience right to the schools, within the school's own context, in a fun, exciting, and engaging way. Visiting the Blossoms Bazaar gives kids the experience of an international marketplace.” -- Deb Hutton
We are so grateful for everything you do, Deb!
Donate at lotusfest.org/donate or checks (made out to LEAF, memo line Blossoms) can be sent to PO Box 1667, Bloomington IN 47402
We have been thrilled to welcome back Alash Ensemble and kick off Lotus Blossoms performances over the last few days! This trio from the Republic of Tuva have brought 5 amazing performances to Clear Creek Elementary, Harmony School, Unionville Elementary, and a concert at the Lotus Firebay.
Lotus has been bringing global artists to South Central Indiana since 1996, but the power of Blossoms artists in these settings never fails to stun us. Your support as donors and volunteers enable us to amplify diverse voices from around the globe right here in our own communities.
Donate to Lotus Blossoms: https://www.lotusfest.org/donate/
Be a Lotus Volunteer: http://bttr.im/momta
Photo: Alash performance at Unionville Elementary, by Tamara Loewenthal 2022.
We love our university town, and we are thrilled to have the support of IU Bloomington again this spring to mount our largest arts education and community engagement event of the year, Lotus Blossoms — which starts today! We are so thankful for their support, which makes it possible to amplify global voices, through music and the arts, in South Central Indiana.
Many thanks to Indiana University African Studies Program, Portuguese IU, Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center, Kelley School of Business, and Indiana University School of Education.
Save the date for the 28th annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival on September 23-26, 2021.
The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Bloomington, Indiana (est. 1994). Our mission is to create opportunities to experience, celebrate, and explore the diversity of the world’s cultures, through music and the arts.
Lotus fulfills this mission through three major programmatic areas – our flagship music festival, arts-education outreach, and visual arts. At its heart, Lotus is about making the world a better place by inviting dialogue, by building bridges through curiosity and discovery and conversation, and most of all by inspiring human connections that transcend geography, religion, language, and ethnicity. Since its inception, Lotus has brought the wider world to the doorstep of hundreds of thousands of young people and adults throughout southern Indiana.
Get involved! Visit lotusfest.org for information on upcoming events, or learn how you can support the Lotus mission with a tax-deductible gift or business sponsorship.
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