Save the date for the 26th annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival as it returns to the heart of Bloomington, Indiana, September 26-29, 2019.  We look forward to our 26th year of filling the downtown streets with an eclectic blend of global sound and spectacle.

The Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar is a free multicultural arts-and-education event for kids and families. Created in 1996 with the help of area teachers, the World Bazaar has become a tradition in Monroe County schools — public, private, and charter — as well as in our community. Volunteers from the Bloomington community (and around the world) present arts, music, language, and international crafts at a vibrant multicultural fair in the gymnasium of Fairview Elementary. More than 30 activity stations let kids get their hands on the world….so grab your passport at the door, and go!

You are invited to join us as we welcome the community to the newly renovated Lotus Firebay, located at 105 S. Rogers, on Saturday, February 23.  Featuring musical showcases by two Fairview student groups, interactive all-ages art, hands-on crafts, and complimentary light refreshments and drinks.


You are invited to join us as we welcome the community to the newly renovated Lotus Firebay, located at 105 S. Rogers, on Saturday, February 23.  Featuring musical showcases by two Fairview student groups, interactive all-ages art, hands-on crafts, and complimentary light refreshments and drinks.


Celebrate National Shop Local Artists Week 2018

Be part of the nationwide celebration December 2-8, 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018

From December 2 to 8, 2018, the initiative encourages the creative field to join together in communities across the country to promote the sales of the work of local artists, and to promote to all consumers that art—including tickets to events and organization memberships—makes great holiday gifts.

Americans for the Arts Introduces the Arts + Social Impact Explorer

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Today, Americans for the Arts unveiled the Arts + Social Impact Explorer, an interactive online tool that draws together more than 1,000 data points on how the arts impact and integrate into 26 different sectors ranging from education and innovation, to health and wellness, immigration, faith and environment. The tool provides quick top-line research, example projects, core research papers, and lists service and partner organizations doing this work, as well as provides printable PDF fact sheets to share with decisionmakers.

Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018: An In-Depth Look at Perceptions and Attitudes About the Arts in America

In a society struggling to find equity and social justice, Americans believe the arts improve the quality of our communities. How do we know? We asked. Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018 is the second in a series of national public opinion surveys conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Americans for the Arts. One of the largest ever conducted, it gauges the public perspective on (1) personal engagement in the arts as audience and creator, (2) support for arts education and government arts funding, (3) opinions on the personal and well-being benefits that come from engaging in the arts, and (4) how those personal benefits extend to the community. Here are some findings of the survey. 

Americans for the Arts Is Celebrating National Arts in Education Week September 9-15

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

National Arts in Education Week Logo

Americans for the Arts today announced its celebration of National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the nation to celebrate the transformative power of the arts in education. 

Are you part of a neighborhood in Bloomington? a group like Girl Scouts? a school? a community organization?  Then come create a banner to celebrate neighborhood pride, group identity, and all that makes up our beloved Bloomington community!  Inspired by the banners used in Brazil’s Maracatu Carnival tradition, Lotus is inviting groups and individuals to make and display their banners as part of the 25th Lotus World Music & Arts Festival — whatever group or organization you may identify with, bring group members with you or just come by yourself.


The 2018 Commemorative Pin ($5) gets you into the Sunday World Spirit Concert so that you can wrap up your Festival weekend with a celebration of music close to home with a salute to Indiana musician Quinten “Lotus” Dickey.  Features film, stories, and songs with Dillon Bustin & Bob Lucas (US) and a performance by 2018 Lotus Dickey artist Molsky’s Mountain Drifters (US).

Unwind and restore with a unique yoga experience after an exciting Festival weekend.   Students of all levels are welcome to join this accessible practice and encouraged to work at their own level.  Sessions contain multiple segments and participants may drop in or leave as they choose.  Multiple teachers will be on hand to demonstrate and assist.
Presented by Samantha Eibling Yoga.

Meet at 4th & Washington; ends at Buskirk Chumley Theater.
Follow the big brass-band sounds of Festival artist Lemon Bucket Orkestra (Canada) and join in as the procession takes over Walnut Ave. Grab a flag, shake a tail feather, and be part of the celebration!

YOUR WRISTBAND is your passport to music and dance from around the globe!  Venues range from classic theaters and clubs, to standing-room street tents, to churches where traditional music shines.  Single-night or Fri/Sat weekend passes available.

Bring your uke and jam with your community!  All comers welcome until the Auditorium is full.

A full afternoon of performances, workshops, and hands-on fun for the whole family!  Bring your lawnchair or blanket and enjoy the festivities.  Lotus in the Park is free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of Lotus sponsors, donors, and grantors.

Join award-winning, chart-topping, ukulele artist James Hill for a workshop that will boost your uke skills, no matter what your level! Based on James Hill’s book of the same name, BOOSTER UKE takes you from “ho-hum” to “big fun” in a relaxed, stress-free way. The secret: Chord Twins, a simple technique that will change the way you play.


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