Kick off Lotus season by creating banners for this year’s Festival Arts Village. Our second public workshop also features drumming by Côte d’Ivoirean master percussionist Dr. Djo Bi.
Unleash your creative energies at our Community Labyrinth Workshops, where we’ll make fabric panels with patterns inspired by the beautiful geometry of African kuba cloth and kente cloth.
These panels — more than 200, in all — will form the labyrinth installed in the Arts Village (on display September 21-22).
Over the summer, Lotus is conducting more than 15 workshops with community partners. Thanks to host Bell Trace, we’re offering two as free public events.
Says Lotus Outreach Director Loraine Martin, “It’s been encouraging to collaborate with so many community partners who are excited to work with Lotus, helping us extend our reach to underserved groups that may have few opportunities to connect to the arts.” Participating groups this summer include Boys & Girls Clubs (Bloomington, Crestmont, and Ellettsville), Girls Inc., Ivy Arts for Kids, Center for Lifelong Learning / Ivy Tech Continuing Education, Stonebelt, Unitarian Universalist Church; Rhino’s Youth Center.
The Bell Trace workshops let more people in on the fun. “We hope to see different generations of our community create public art together,” Loraine says. “The workshops are for everyone, regardless of skill level. We welcome families and other groups, and we’re looking forward to having a lot of fun making art for this year’s Festival.”
- Saturday, July 21 / 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- Saturday, July 28 / 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. — This workshop will feature Master drummer Dr. Djo Bi. He’ll provide a background of gentle West African drumming as we create banners. A native of Côte d’Ivoire, he now lives in Bloomington, where he performs and teaches West African drumming and dance.
- Bell Trace (800 N. Bell Trace Circle) — Commons Room, lower level
- Free, for all ages
Want to bring a group of five or more? Contact Loraine Martin, 812-336-6599 or loraine [at] lotusfest.org.