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?Lotus Education and Arts Foundation receives grant



Jane Chu, the chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts, announced in December that the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation will be one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant, according to a Lotus Education & Arts Foundation press release.

“I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works, including the award to Lotus,” Chu said in the release. “The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”

This will be the seventh time the organization receives the $30,000 award since 2008.

“What the Lotus Festival brings Bloomington is an opportunity through visual arts, music and dance to celebrate the power of the individual and the collaborative in helping shape communities for the better,” Miah Michaelsen, the City of Bloomington’s assistant economic development director for the arts, said in the release.

More than $75 million in funding was requested by 1,474 entities, according to the release.

The NEA has six grants available that are divided into two different groups, grants for organizations and grants for individuals, according to its website.

“Funding from the NEA recognizes that the Lotus mission and Festival have value on a national level, as well as here in our local community,” Sunni Fass, Lotus executive director said in the release. “Around here, we all know that Bloomington has a phenomenal arts scene, and it’s exciting to help spotlight that on a larger scale. Lotus is honored to be a part of bringing more national attention to what our community has to offer.”

The NEA’s Art Works grants aim to support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts and the enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts, according to the release.

“This NEA award, combined with the generosity of individuals and local businesses who support the Festival each year, helps ensure that people from all walks of life are able to participate in Lotus activities,” Kristin Varella, development director at Lotus, said in the release.

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