Executive Director Tamara Loewenthal outside the Lotus Firebay on Rogers Street. Photo by Rodney Margison

Editor’s note: The following is a press release from the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation. Bloom has republished it here with edits for style and clarity.

The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation has been awarded a 2021 Recover Forward Program Grant in the amount of $1,850 from the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association, a division of the City of Bloomington.

These funds will support the 2021 Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar outreach kits. This year, Lotus will host a mostly virtual Blossoms World Bazaar Community Day on Saturday, April 10. The Bazaar will feature the outreach kits, showcasing hands-on multicultural activities from community partners, with accompanying how-to videos posted to the Lotus website.

Kits will also be distributed to all fourth and fifth graders in Monroe County elementary schools. Bazaar Community Day is typically reserved for fourth graders, but fifth graders will be included in this year’s event in order to make up for the students who missed the canceled 2020 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 “Our organization has been doing robust outreach programming since 1996,” says Lotus Executive Director Tamara Loewenthal. “The grant from the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association will give us additional resources to fund our Lotus Blossoms Bazaar Outreach packets, a unique feature of our 2021 World Bazaar.”