Sharon's commitment to arts education and social uplift have been expressed through benefit concerts and projects with
Deepalaya, Akshaypratisthan, Palna
and government and private schools in Delhi. She choreographed for 1000 children for the opening ceremony of the
Haryana Sports Olympics
Sharon Lowen has organized Chhau exhibitions and performances for traditional artists and organized a Seraikella Chhau seminar in Seraikella for the gurus and scholars of the tradition.
Beyond her own remarkable achievement of 25 years of recognition in Indian classical performing arts, she felt compelled to promote other upcoming foreign artists of classical dance and music whose efforts did not get encouragement and opportunities to perform.
Foreigners were not taken seriously as exponents of Indian classical arts, with few exceptions, and Sharon wanted to change this stereotype that she had overcome with much difficulty. Taking advice from Pt. Ravi Shankar, Indrani Rahman, Ustad Allah Rakha, Sitakanta Mahapatra and others in Delhi and around India, Sharon approached the Delhi Administration's Sahitya Kala Parishad to support a festival
Videshi Kalakar Utsav - Art Without
With the Delhi Administration's support, the unprecedented success of this effort in 1990 led to her convening this annual event for six years.
Due to this festival, more than 50 artists from around the world had the opportunity to exhibit their passion for Indian Sanskriti in front of the discriminating and appreciative audiences of Delhi.
Side by side, annual seminars of distinguished gurus, artists and critics discussed issues and ideas for teaching and presenting the classical arts of India in the modern age, in India and abroad. This whole event brought about a change in attitude toward serious disciples of Indian arts from abroad. Their performing with live accompaniment for knowledgeable audiences raised the standard of their achievement when they returned to their home countries. Today, serious exponents of Indian performing arts are recognized in India and they return to their countries to spread Indian Sanskriti. The Delhi Sahitya Kala Parishad awarded Sharon Lowen its prestigious Parishad Samman '92 for her Outstanding Individual Contribution to Indian Arts.
As a scholar, Sharon has done research and published on Shasta and Odissi and comparative studies in three forms of Chhau. Her text for a Roli book on Odissi guru Padma Vibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra has recently been published and another on Odissi is due November,
She has taught at colleges and universities throughout the United States and helped establish the School of Performing and Visual Arts and Communication at Central University,
Sharon has served many organizations as an advisor on policy, planning and