Save the Date

Join us for the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival

November 13, 2021 6PM - Midnight

The 2021 Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival is currently scheduled for Saturday, November 13, 2021, at Hemisfair. We hope that with the new developments addressing health and safety we will be able to gather in person for this magical event. We are also looking for virtual art experiences to include in this year’s Festival.

The artists call will open early in the year, and Luminaria has all of the submitted artist applications from 2020 to review for the 2021 Contemporary Arts Festival. Luminaria is committed to paying featured artists fair compensation for presentation of their new or existing work and is introducing a simplified fee schedule commensurate with W.A.G.E. guidelines.

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Dear Artists, did you miss the deadline to apply for the 2021 Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival? Well, here is your chance to send us your application to be placed on our Wait List! The Wait List is designed to create a roster of artists for us to consider, not just for the festival, but also for year round opportunities. This portal will be open year round so take your time, but if you want to be considered for this year’s festival, the sooner you submit your info the better!

Click Here to Join the Wait List

Luminaria Artist Foundation’s Individual Grants Program

The Luminaria Artist Foundation’s Individual Grants Program awards professional regional artists of all genres up to $10,000 to create and showcase new works. Grants are awarded based on artistic achievement and dedication to an artistic discipline.

The Luminaria Artist Foundation Grants Program is supported by the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture, Kay and Scott Armstrong in honor of Kathy Armstrong, Rick Liberto, The Lifshutz Foundation, Patricia Pratchett, Guillermo Nicolas in honor of his mother Irma Cortez Nicolas, and numerous individual donors.

Luminaria Artist Foundation’s Working Artist Fund

The Working Artist Fund addresses the impact of COVID-19, the recent winter storm, and other on-going economic hardships on individual artists living and working in Bexar County. The fund will offer support toward a sustainable livelihood for area artists by awarding up to $550 for professional development opportunities.

Applications will open Fall 2021.

The Luminaria Artist Foundation’s Working Artists Fund is supported by the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts and Culture; Guillermo Nicolas; our ¡Viva! fundraising partners Texas Public Radio, Nelco Media, and Garrett T. Capps; and numerous individual donors.

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Luminaria is dedicated to the innovative interpretation of our city’s culture, history, and environment through creative placemaking and site-specific arts integration. We coordinate with anchor arts institutions, cultural and heritage organizations, and other community partners to give San Antonio residents and visitors access to a vibrant arts culture.

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2020 PlaceMaking

In 2020, Luminaria partnered with Centro San Antonio, the National Park Service, and Mission Heritage Partners on five mural PlaceMaking projects.

Mission San José Tricentennial Mural
Artist Sandra Gonzalez created the mural for the Roosevelt Avenue facing wall of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Visitor’s Center. The park’s mural commemorates the 300-year history of Mission San José.

Centro San Antonio Art Everywhere
The Centro San Antonio murals are part of Centro’s Art Everywhere initiative and will adorn the facades of four downtown buildings when they are all completed. San Antonio artists Suzy Gonzalez, Kat Cadena, Rudy Herrera, and Joe De La Cruz will each add their creative voices to our city’s urban core.

Creative ventures such as these are made possible in part by our partners at Centro San Antonio, the National Park Service, and Mission Heritage Partners.

Centro San Antonio
US National Park Service
Mission Heritage Partners
Centro San Antonio
US National Park Service
Mission Heritage Partners