In light of the impact Covid-19 continues to have on everyone’s health and our shared economy, Luminaria has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Contemporary Arts Festival, originally scheduled for November 14, 2020 at Hemisfair.

Even though the festival will not happen the way we had planned, the current Call for Artists will remain open through April 20th. Artists can apply at between March 10 and April 20 with an application fee of $10.* All artists’ applications will be held for review for the 2021 Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival, and we will contact artists who have already applied about their options.

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.

Click here for more information on how to apply.

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

Luminaria Artist Foundation Artist Grants

In 2020, Luminaria and the Artist Foundation of San Antonio joined forces to continue the Artist Foundation’s 12-year legacy of direct giving to individual artists in Bexar County. The Luminaria Artist Foundation grants program awards regional artists based on artistic achievement, dedication to an artistic discipline, and the potential for further professional development. Artists of all genres are invited to propose new, original works to be showcased in a free, public forum. The grantees’ art will contribute to the culture of San Antonio for years to come

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

Corona Arts Relief

Early on, Luminaria recognized 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. To keep San Antonio’s vibrant arts culture energized during these adverse times, this program provided up to $600 each to individual artists for losses and professional development support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Luminaria launched the Corona Arts Relief program in March 2020 with funding from the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture and from H.E.B. We were able to provide a second round of support through the generosity of the San Antonio Area Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund; the Brown Foundation Inc.; our ¡VIVA! fundraising partners Texas Public Radio, The Lonesome Rose, NOWCastSA, Nelco Media, and TINT; and numerous individual donors.

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.