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 will present the 26th annual Lotus Blossoms event, a series of artist performances and presenter activities focused on outreach and education via globally and culturally diverse music and art experiences. This year, Lotus Blossoms is reimagined for the world we are still living in, combining virtual and hands-on arts experiences with world-class programming to reach a wide range of students, families, and community members in south-central Indiana.
Since its inception in 1996, Lotus Blossoms has reached over 160,000 people and amplified the voices of over 50 international artists. This year, Lotus will share free pre-recorded videos and study guides for performances from artists Vox Sambou, Yungchen Lhamo, Violet Duncan, and Elida Almeida. The video content will be available to the public on Saturday, April 10, for the Lotus Blossom World Bazaar Community Day.These videos and livestreamed lecture demos by Indiana artists Joshua Thompson and Salaam will also be made available to participating community partners.
In addition to concerts, the Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar has been reconfigured into Bazaar Outreach kits that contain instructions for multicultural activities, some with links to accompanying how-to videos, made in collaboration with more than 25 community partners. These kits will be distributed by the thousands to Monroe County fourth and fifth graders and made available for pickup at the Lotus Firebay to community members in the Bloomington area.
“At Lotus, we feel privileged to work with so many amazing, talented people,” says Executive Director Tamara Loewenthal. “Lotus Blossoms performances and the World Bazaar are made possible because of our dedicated committee members, our incredible artists and presenters, and our donors and volunteers who help bring the work to fruition.”
At a time when extracurricular cultural activities at schools and organizations are vastly reduced, Lotus arts programming strives to connect the Bloomington community with the world.