“My ears will never be the same again, after hearing their music.”
– 4th grader, Harmony School, with Kinobe & the Wamu Spirit

For 20 years, Lotus Blossoms Education Outreach has brought children, underserved populations, and the Bloomington community into close contact with new cultures, new music, and new creative skills. Lotus Blossoms artists are some of the world’s best ambassadors and communicators . . . but their voices couldn’t be heard (literally!) without the hard work of some unsung Blossoms heroes: our dedicated audio engineers, who have been trekking across counties to school gyms and community venues for years to bring Lotus to life for all ages.

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Dave Weber (center) and Lotus graduate assistant Andrew Collins (left), with the new PA system that Dave helped Lotus purchase.

Young Lotus ears have benefited greatly over the years from the talents and long-time dedication of Dave Weber, owner of Air Time Acoustic Consulting & Air Time Recording Studio. Weber has been a strong supporter for Lotus since the very beginning, serving as sound engineer in the late 1990s for the Festival, supporting PA for Lotus’s annual Edible Lotus benefit event, and travelling with artists to school after school for Blossoms performances. Dave’s audio skills are indispensable, but equally important is his calm, quick-thinking presence before every performance. He recalls doing sound for Hot Club of Cowtown (2000) at First Presbyterian Church, and troubleshooting a horrible buzzing noise just minutes before the performance was to begin. After in-the-moment problem solving, Dave solved the issue and remembers the grateful guitarist exclaiming: “You are a rocker!”

Not only has Dave helped ensure these musical interactions are of highest quality, but he has also generously shared his invaluable professional skills and knowledge to help Lotus acquire audio equipment of our very own. This year, thanks to a grant from the Monroe County Government’s Sophia Travis Award, Air Time Acoustic Consulting guided Lotus in purchasing our first-ever PA system – a purchase which will alleviate the costs of renting an audio support system for nearly 25 separate presentations in 2015 alone.

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Close-up of Lotus’s new soundboard

In his volunteer roles with Lotus and in his professional career with Air Time Acoustic Consulting, Dave shared this observation: artists want to connect with people. “The artists that Lotus presents have a mission to share their culture and knowledge with others,” he reflects, “and Lotus does a wonderful job of inviting this connection, both at the Festival and at Lotus Blossoms.” Dave suggests that Lotus Blossoms is succeeding in ways that inspire everyone involved: “Lotus Blossoms is ideal: you get to watch both kids and artists light up – it is electrifying.” He adds: “Working with Lotus has been a wonderful experience, from watching children experience an opportunity they wouldn’t normally have, expanding and promoting new world music to the Bloomington community, and putting Bloomington on the map – I’ll do everything I can do to support Lotus.”

Lotus is so grateful for Dave’s years of dedication to amplifying Lotus’s efforts in the Bloomington community!

Click to learn more about Dave Weber’s work with Airtime Studios and Airtime Acoustics Consulting.

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13 April 2015

“My ears will never be the same again, after hearing their music.”  – 4th grader, Harmony School, with Kinobe & the Wamu Spirit For 20 years, Lotus Blossoms Education Outreach has brought children, underserved populations, and the Bloomington community into close contact with new cultures, new music, and new creative skills.  Lotus Blossoms artists are […]

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Have a beer, support Lotus

3 April 2015

We are proud to announce that the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation is the official, designated charity partner for the 5th Annual Bloomington Craft Beer Fest. The Brewers of Indiana Guild will donate a portion of EVERY ticket sold to Lotus. The event will take place on Saturday, April 11 at the historic Woolery Mill […]

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Thank you for a wonderful Lotus Blossoms 2015!

30 March 2015

The 2015 edition of Lotus Blossoms has concluded and we would like to take the opportunity to extend our gratitude to everyone who made it possible!  Our thanks go out to all of our Blossoms sponsors and donors; to all of the volunteers who made the 20th World Bazaar a great success; and to all […]

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Friends of Lotus

26 February 2015

“Exposure to the arts in childhood is a very strong predictor of participation in the arts as an adult. Indeed, it [is] even a stronger prediction than age or income. So it’s crucial to get people in the culture habit while they’re young.” – Arts Data Profile 2015 Report, National Endowment for the Arts For […]

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Introducing Lotus Blossoms 2015

19 February 2015

What better way to welcome spring than with Blossoms! This February and March, the 2015 Lotus Blossoms line-up takes center stage in our schools and our community.  Lotus Blossoms is an educational outreach program that enables youth and community members alike to engage with artists from around the globe, developing an appreciation and respect for […]

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Important 2015 Lotus Blossoms Update

18 February 2015

THIS JUST IN! Lotus Blossoms artist Kuniko Yamamoto will perform Japanese dramatic storytelling and origami folktales TODAY (Feb. 18) from 12:15-1:00 PM at the Monroe County Public Library in the Children’s Program Room (303 E. Kirkwood Ave.). All ages welcome for this FREE event. Due to confirmed delays and school closings, the artist schedule shifted […]

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