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City Partnership Establishes Lotus Headquarters, Art Center

Mayor Kruzan says Lotus will take over the Rogers Street Fire Station as an arts center.

The vacant fire station on south Rogers Street in Bloomington has a new tenant.

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan says after many proposals the former Rogers Street Fire Station will be home to a Lotus Arts Center and the group’s headquarters.

“It’s been a large part of our economic development effort is to make downtown a destination attraction, to increase foot traffic that supports all businesses, not just the arts,” Kruzan says.

Stipulations state the venue must be operated as a public arts center or the building ownership would revert back to the city. Kruzan says the same partnership exists with Ivy Tech and the John Waldron Arts Center.

Lotus Board Chair Doug Eibling says the timing of the acquisition coincides with a successful endowment campaign. He says he expects to have a better idea of what the center will look like after this year’s September World Music Festival.

“Music performances that coincide with First Fridays and Gallery Walks or other reasons to draw people into the BEAD arts district,” Eibling says. “Visual arts displays where we can open the bay doors and invite the community in.”

The Lotus staff has been working in rented office space. They will consolidate their operations into the permanent location while also giving Lotus a presence year round.

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