(BLOOMINGTON) - During the month of February, the City of Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) will showcase artworks created for the celebration of Lotus Education and Arts Foundation's 20th Annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival in the Showers Atrium of City Hall, 401 N. Morton St.
The exhibit will be on display Feb. 7 - 28. Exhibition hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as additional evening and weekend hours when City Hall is open for meetings. There will be a free reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 7. The public is invited to view the backdrop and talk to members of the design team. The reception will also provide an opportunity for the public to meet the new executive director of the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation, Sunni Fass. Fass joined the Lotus staff at the start of the year.
In 2013, the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation launched an ambitious visual arts undertaking: The Power of Pattern backdrop project. The exhibit features the entire 770 square-foot backdrop, draped in sections over the atrium's high beams, smaller canvas panels that were part of the design team's prototyping process and a small selection of hand-carved blocks used on the backdrop. The exhibit also included works created in community outreach workshops at local service agencies, Mathers Museum of World Cultures and at the 2013 Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar, Lotus's largest annual educational outreach event.
The Power of Pattern project was made possible, in part, with grant support from the Bloomington Arts Commission. This project is a part of the City's strategy to leverage and expand the economic development potential of the arts in Bloomington. According to the 2012 Americans for the Arts study, Bloomington's nonprofit arts sector contributes $72.3 million to the local economy annually through direct spending by arts organizations and their audiences. For more information on the study visit bloomington.in.gov/arts.
The City of Bloomington is committed to providing opportunities for area artists to exhibit artwork at City Hall. For more information on the exhibition program, contact Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts Miah Michaelsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 349.3534.
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