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.

Join our mailing list and follow us on social media for updates as we make plans for 2021!

The Luminaria Artist Foundation is offering individual grants up to $10,000 to Bexar County artists and professional development funding up to $500 to San Antonio artists.

Luminaria Artist Foundation 2021 Individual Artist Grants

The 2021 Luminaria Artist Foundation open call for individual artist grants for Bexar County artists will open Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 1AM.

This grants program awards regional artists based on artistic achievement and dedication to an artistic discipline. Artists of all genres are invited to propose new, original works to be created and showcased in a public forum.

Find eligibility requirements and application instructions HERE.

Resources
FAQs
Sample Budget
Budget Form

Luminaria Artist Foundation 2021 Professional Development Funding

The 2021 Luminaria Artist Foundation open call for professional development funding for San Antonio artists will open Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 1AM.

These funds will be awarded to individual, professional artists residing in San Antonio, Texas, for professional development. Artists can apply for up to $500 for professional development opportunities including, but not limited to, fees for in-person or distance education opportunities, technology software that enhances professional artistic capacity, production related services, and/or travel expenses.

Find eligibility requirements and application instructions HERE.

Join our mailing list and follow us on social media for updates as we plan for 2021!

Corona Arts Relief

Early on, Luminaria recognized the significant impact COVID-19 was having 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 109 individual artists for losses and professional development support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Luminaria launched the 4-month long 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’s 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.

“I truly appreciate this wonderful opportunity during this time of global uncertainty. Thank you for providing hope to our community.” – Corona Arts Relief Recipient

Read more about the impact of this program in our Corona Arts Relief Stakeholder Report.

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.

Join our mailing list and follow us on social media for updates as we plan for 2021!

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