The 13th annual Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival is now seeking regional, national, and international artists, artist groups, and arts organizations to submit a proposal for experimental works to be showcased at the November 14, 2020, festival. Artists can apply at between March 10 and April 20 with an application fee of $10.*

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: $750 for a solo artist and $1,500 for an artist group. No need to submit or negotiate budgets. In addition, at the discretion of the Curators and Executive Director, headliners could receive up to $2,500.

Luminaria provides exposure to an audience of tens of thousands, publicity of your work, and professional production support. Reasonable support for travel and lodging of national and international artists is also provided.

Click here for more information on how to apply.

* If you fall below the Federal Poverty Level, please contact us.

Corona Arts Relief

Luminaria and the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture announce the Corona Arts Relief program. We recognize the significant impact COVID-19 has had on our arts community, with many artists losing revenue and professional development opportunities because of social distancing requirements. In order to keep San Antonio’s vibrant arts culture energized during these adverse times, Luminaria and the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture have created the Corona Arts Relief program, which provides technical and professional development support for individual artists during the national CORONA/COVID-19 pandemic. Artists can apply for up to $600 via a streamlined application on, with no application fee,* March 25 – April 3, 2020.

*Application fee generously waived by

Luminaria Artist Foundation Artist Grants

Luminaria and San Antonio’s Artist Foundation are working together in 2020 to continue the Artist Foundation’s 12-year legacy of awarding grants to individual artists in Bexar County. In 2020, the Luminaria Artist Foundation will grant $10,000 and $5,000 awards for new, original work by artists in literary, visual, and performing arts.

The awards will recognize artistic achievement, dedication to an artistic discipline, and the potential for further professional development. Artists who receive Luminaria Artist Foundation grants are not required to participate in Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival. The artist application period has closed. Join us at 6 PM on Friday, May 1 at the Southside Living and Maker Spaces to recognize the 2020 grantees.

For more information about the grant program, go to the Luminaria Artist Foundation.

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.

This year, Luminaria is partnering with the National Park Service and the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park to bring an interactive installation to the grounds of Mission San José in Summer 2020.