Japanese storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto performs for children at the Monroe County Public Library during the 2015 Lotus Blossoms. Photo by Courtney Packard

“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 the past twenty years, Lotus has encouraged this “culture habit” by bringing the world to our youngest audiences through Lotus Blossoms – our dedicated outreach program. Since its inception, Lotus Blossoms has engaged over 110,000 young people in Monroe and surrounding counties with music, song, dance, and storytelling from around the globe, building appreciation and respect for different cultural traditions and the people who bring them to life.

“Friends of Lotus” – people just like you – make Blossoms possible and are indispensable partners in this journey. This year’s budget for Lotus Blossoms tops $30,000, and we depend on Friends donations to cover nearly 80% of these expenses.

Your tax-deductible gift helps:

  • Invite top-notch artists representing Finland, Japan, Uganda, Indonesia, and the US.
  • “Adopt” a school for interactive outreach performances across Southern Indiana.
  • Bring performances to partners such as StoneBelt ARC and Boys & Girls Club.
  • Create the 20th Anniversary Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar, a bustling multicultural fair just for students and families, with free demonstrations, displays, performances, and a range of creative hands-on arts activities.
  • Support five free public presentations (more information at

With your support, Lotus can keep bringing world-class global ambassadors into our schools and communities. Let’s work together to build the “culture habit” and offer a world of arts to our children, setting them on a lifetime path filled with beauty, respect, and wonder.

Please join us by making a gift today. You can make a donation by clicking:

Your support is invaluable. Thank you!

P.S. Remember those 110,000 young people who have experienced Blossoms? Lotus hopes to be around for their grandchildren, too. Please consider making an additional gift to the Lotus-Fitzgerald Endowment to ensure that Lotus outreach is sustained for generations to come. We need just over $20,000 more by March 31 to meet our third and final $100,000 Matchstick challenge, with a 1:2 challenge match from the Community Foundation. Now is the perfect time to make an investment in the future of Lotus and the future of visionary arts programming that nurtures our curiosity about different cultures, people, and places.  Will you help us reach our Endowment goal?

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

The 2015 Oscar Shorts Festival

4 February 2015

Do you want to know the secret to winning this year’s Oscar ballot? Watch the short films! On Sunday, February 8 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, the Ryder Film Series and the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation will co-host The Oscar Shorts Festival – a viewing of the 10 Academy Award nominees in the categories of […]

Read the full article →

From the Executive Director: A Look Back at 2014

5 December 2014
Thumbnail image for From the Executive Director: A Look Back at 2014

At a time of year when we reflect on sharing, giving, and giving thanks, I can truly say that I’m grateful for Lotus and for its deep commitment to bringing people together through music and the arts. And I’m grateful for the ongoing support of friends and neighbors who make Lotus possible.

Read the full article →

Partner Profile: Community Access Television Services

3 December 2014
Thumbnail image for Partner Profile: Community Access Television Services

The team at Bloomington’s Community Access Television Services (a.k.a. CATS) has been capturing footage of Lotus World Music and Arts Festival for almost two decades. The result is a rich archive of more than 250 memorable performances that capture the spirit of Lotus — video “postcards” that fans can enjoy in between Festival seasons.

Read the full article →

A Round of Applause for Our Sponsors

1 October 2014
Thumbnail image for A Round of Applause for Our Sponsors

At the end of our twenty-first festival season, we thank the many sponsors who stepped forward to underwrite nearly half of the costs necessary to bring Lotus to life on the streets of Bloomington. 

Read the full article →