San Antonio's Contemporary Arts Festival
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Call for Proposals

Open Call has ended for 2017, please Volunteer and be a part of Luminaria behind the scenes. 

Timeline 2017

March 28 - Press announcement of footprint, dates, and artistic advisory committee

March 28 – Call for artist proposals opens on-line at

April 6 @ 5:30 - Q & A session on the application process at Blue Star Contemporary

April 22 @ 10:30 -  Q & A session on the application process at Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

April 25 @ 5:30 - Q & A session on the application process at Artpace

May 15 - Applications close on-line (at 3 PM)

July 10 – Artists Notified

November 9 - VIP preview (ticketed)

November 10 – Luminaria 2016 Contemporary Arts Festival from 7 PM to Midnight (FREE)

November 11 - Artist Brunch Series (ticketed); Closing Party (ticketed); Community Studio Events (FREE)


Apply online via! 

San Antonio’s multi-arts festival is scheduling the epic night festival on Friday, November, 10th 2017, with additional day programing and other special ticketed events through the holiday weekend. Luminaria invites you, your gallery, your collective, or other creative organization to submit a proposal for this highly competitive showcase.   Apply between March 28th and May 15th to be part of this edgy celebration of contemporary arts in downtown San Antonio, Texas.

Project Proposals will be evaluated on their overall professionalism, creativity, originality, and innovation. There is only one application to submit, whether your work is visual, performance, literary, musical, architectural, fashion, film, dance, comedy or a combination of artistic genres. You must use the on-line application process to submit your proposal, (start with creating your user account on, they're free).   Cross-discipline works are encouraged. All works must be created for Luminaria, unless Luminaria is also its Texas or US premiere. Art work sales are not permitted at the festival. All artists are required to be present at the festival and open to interacting with the public. 

 The application requires:

Upon successful completion of the application process, you will receive a confirmation email from On or by July 31st,  we will contact you with the results of this year’s open call for proposals – we may decline, accept or wait list your application.  Final programming for Luminaria 2017 will be announced publically in the fall.

Curating Luminaria

Luminaria’s curatorial vision is guided by an Artistic Advisory Committee, working with the Executive Director, who build a comprehensive vision for the ever changing multi-arts festival.   The proposals are reviewed in both quantative and qualitative methods to  build a cohesive selection of regional, national, and international artists.   Through an open call for proposals and through direct invitations, Luminaria insures it’s original vision— to promote the art and artists of San Antonio. Luminaria presents new contemporary artworks from all artistic disciplines.

Luminaria, working with a diverse community that includes municipal and corporate stakeholders, ensures long-term investment in arts, and advances San Antonio’s creative economy.  The festival defines downtown as an internationally renowned destination for culture and entertainment.

About 2016's Festival

Luminaria 2016 took place in Downtown East, a neighborhood rich in San Antonio’s African-American history and culture, and a booming hub of creative energy. The Carver Community Cultural Center was our anchor partner this year, with a historic 650 seat proscenium theatre and a modern versatile 150 seat black box theatre. Other partners included the IDEA Carver School, the recently renovated historic pedestrian Hays Street Bridge, and the neighborhood parks of Dignowity and Lockwood.

About 2017's Festival

Because Luminaria moves the festival footprint annually within San Antonio, we want you to know that Luminaria 2017 will be in the downtown Hemisfair district. Our anchor artistic partners include the Mexican Cultural Institute, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) and Magik Theatre -- providing Luminaria indoor programming in theatres and visual art galleries. Outdoors, programming can be situated on the front porches / facades of historic homes and structures, within the family friendly Yanaguana Garden, on stages, and off the newly renovated E. Nueva Street. The festival will be accessible from Alamo Street and from the San Antonio Riverwalk. 
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