The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation wants to expand its operations to a year-round program by renovating its new headquarters.
Lotus took over the old fire station on South Rogers in 2015 after the organization’s proposal for repurposing the space as a public arts center was approved by the city of Bloomington..
The administrative staff moved in last March, but the rest of the space needs a lot more work.
The estimated renovation budget is $220,000 in order to turn what Executive Director Sunni Fass calls just a garage into one of the preeminent art and culture spaces in Bloomington.
She says they are excited about the opportunity because people think of Lotus as just a festival.
“We’ve been here for 25 years, we are very rooted in the community and to have our own space would be just a realization of a dream for the organization to be able to do program on site in our own building and more frequently throughout the year,” Fass says.
Development Director Megan Hutchison says if Lotus can raise $50,000 by October 31, the Indiana Housing Community Development Authority will match that amount.
As of late Thursday afternoon, Lotus had raised just over $40,000.
Hutchinson says they’re happy to show people how they money will be used.
“We’re happy to bring folks by our space here and give a tour of what it looks like now and show them some pictures of what we hope it’s to look like after the renovation,” Hutchison says.
Fass and Hutchison say they are hoping for the headquarters to be open by the time Lotus Fest 25 rolls around next fall.