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Lotus Meets $50K Crowdfunding Goal For HQ Building Renovation

Residents flock to new Lotus HQ.

The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation is closer to reaching the $220,000 needed to renovate its Bloomington headquarters after securing a matching grant contingent on a crowdfunding goal.

Lotus will receive $50,000 from the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority’s CreatINg Places program after raising $50,000 from more than 100 donors in a crowdfunding campaign that ended Tuesday.

The not-for-profit organization puts on the annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival in Bloomington. The organization took over the old fire station on South Rogers in 2015 and moved administrative staff into the building earlier this year.

The $220,000 renovation will turn the building into a Global Arts Center with art workshops, after-school programs, small concerts and exhibitions.

“We are so grateful to Lotus donors and the IHCDA for propelling this initiative past the halfway mark,” said Lotus Executive Director Sunni Fass in a statement. “It’s been really powerful to see how inspired people are by this vision of a new multicultural creative space, and also to see a state agency amplifying those voices and investing in what communities value.”

Lotus still has about $100,000 to raise before construction can begin. The organization is projecting an open date of fall 2018, in time for the 25th anniversary of the music and arts festival.

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