San Antonio’s Contemporary Arts Festival

Luminaria was founded by then-mayor Phil Hardberger, a passionate supporter of the arts who was inspired by two night-time multi-genre festivals: Nuit Blanche in Paris, and Madrid’s La Noche en Blanco. Mayor Hardberger and his team of volunteer organizers recognized that the creative community of San Antonio deserves a night arts festival. And in a city renowned for annual public celebrations, Luminaria would hold a unique role — spotlighting the arts as an important part of city life, while illuminating our historic downtown. It’s a role that Luminaria fulfills every year.

Since March 2008, San Antonio artists have showcased new theatrical and dance performances, film screenings, light projections, creative demonstrations, live music ranging from garage bands to orchestras, and other site-specific experiences. And each year, Luminaria has embraced an ever-larger audience as the arts community came together to experiment, collaborate, and innovate on a large scale.

For its first three years, Luminaria lit up the historic area surrounding the Alamo, occupying nearby spaces in transition. 2008 took place in Alamo Plaza, along Peacock Alley, and within then-empty storefronts on Navarro Street. In 2009, a pop-up exhibition space was staged in the soon-to-be-renovated Convention Center, visual artists occupied the empty shop windows of the former Joske’s department store, and the streets were closed to roving performers.

Luminaria illuminated Hemisfair Park from 2011 through 2013. The arts festival enlivened Hemisfair’s underutilized gazebos, storage sheds, and other buildings with live music, projections, and light sculptures at every turn. The audience grew, and participating artists were invited from San Antonio’s sister cities, beginning with Gwangju, South Korea.

Beginning in 2014, Luminaria expanded from a single night to a weekend event. The festival also transitioned to the River North district, including the newly opened Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The 2015 Luminaria partnered with the Museum Reach neighborhood, San Antonio Museum of Art and nearby businesses. A hurricane dampened the original weekend, so “Take Two” events were orchestrated at later dates. Eastside community integration took precedence in 2016’s festival, and Luminaria received an award from Centro San Antonio as Best Downtown Event. The 2017 festival returned to a newly redeveloped Hemisfair Park, providing a fresh experience in a familiar venue where it will remain through 2020.

Luminaria highlights San Antonio as a city of the arts. A changing roster of directors, curators, producers, and advisory boards built a brilliant history. A growing organization The organization continues to expand opportunities for artists while inspiring tens of thousands in the weekend festival.

Staff

Kathy Armstrong, Executive Director
Holly Holbrook, Administrative Manager
Pam De La Mora, Digital Media Manager

Applications for the Executive Director position will open in August 2020 via Indeed.com.
Click here for the job description. Click here to email questions.

2019 Artist Grants Judges

Kate Bonansinga
Constanza Cosamadrid
Michael Fox
Dale Neal
Rich Perez
Gregory Sale
Sussy Santana
Maya Taylor
Michelle Whittaker

Mission San José Placemaking Curators

Brooke Rosser
Chris Sauter
Lindsay Compton
Yadhira Lozano

Production Managers

Ethel Shipton
Maritza Cirlos
Tonya Baum

Board of Directors

Phil Hardberger, Founder
Eric Rodriguez, Chair
Stuart Allen, Vice Chair
Rebecca A. Gonzalez, Secretary
Jane Jackson Lewis, Treasurer
Lara August
Keith Conklin
Eric Michael Garza
Cari Hill
Dr. Angelika Jansen
Paul Martin
Chris Nwabueze

Luminaria Policies

Diversity Policy

Luminaria ChangeMakers

Luminaria is proud to receive support from the following organizations and individuals:





Phil & Linda Hardberger

Angelika Jansen
Cari Hill
Eric Rodriguez
Hopscotch

Kathy Armstrong
Kay & Scott Armstrong
Lifshutz Foundation
Lyons & Lyons

Merritt Clements & Karen Kelley
Bonnie Reed & Stu Schlossberg

John Newman Family Charitable Fund
Patricia Pratchett
Paul Martin Capital

Robert Brown &
Dennis Karbach
Tina & John Gillis

Gerry Frost & Leonel Rodriguez
Smothers Foundation

In-Kind Support

Luminaria is proud to receive in-kind support from the following organizations:

Artistic Partners

Artist Foundation of San Antonio
Contemporary Art Month (CAM)
Mexican Consulate
National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC)

Site Partners

Hemisfair
Magik Theatre
Mexican Cultural Institute (MCI)
Universidad Nacional Autonomo de Mexico (UNAM)
San Antonio Convention Center
Mission San Jose San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Members of the media are invited to contact: media@luminariasa.org

Recent Press

New Exhibits At Blue Star, Diwali Festival… NEWS ROUDUP, Nov. 5, 2020, Arts Alive San Antonio, November 5, 2020

Luminaria makes art accessible during ‘dog days of COVID’ with free fall series, San Antonio Report, October 22, 2020

San Antonio’s Luminaria Artist Foundation to showcase six artists in fall series, San Antonio Current, October 7, 2020

San Antonio Art Teacher Painting Tricentennial Mural for Mission San José, Spectrum News, September 12

Luminaria Leader Armstrong Stepping Down at End of Month, San Antonio Report, June 10, 2020

Kathy Armstrong Stepping Down as Executive Director of San Antonio Arts Organization Luminaria , San Antonio Current, June 10, 2020

Kathy Armstrong, director of San Antonio arts festival Luminaria, stepping down, San Antonio Express News, June 10, 2020

Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival Cancelled, The Paisano, April 18, 2020

San Antonio arts festival Luminaria has been cancelled because of COVID-10 pandemic, Express News, April 17, 2020

Canceling 2020 Festival the “Smart Thing to to Do”, Rivard Report, April 17, 2020

Corona Arts Relief program overwhelmed with applications, will pause program after April 3, KSAT, April 1, 2020

New Program to Help Bexar County Artists in the age of Coronavirus, Texas Public Radio, March 27, 2020

Relief fund for San Antonio artists impacted by COVID-19 cancellations set up by the city and Luminaria Artist Foundation,
San Antonio Express News, March 25, 2020

Scaled-back Luminaria announces 2020 date, San Antonio Express News, March 9, 2020

Luminaria Kicks Off $10,000 Grant Open Call for San Antonio Area Artists, Glasstire, January 23, 2020

Luminaria takes over Artist Foundation’s grant’s program for Bexar County artists, San Antonio Express News, January 15, 2020

Artist Foundation Dissolves, Grants shift to Luminaria, Rivard Report, December 5, 2019

Luminaria Lights Up Hemisfair for Third Year, San Antonio Express News, November 10, 2019

Luminaria Illuminates Hemisfair with Local, Global Talent, Rivard Report, November 9, 2019

Artful Weekend Ahead for San Antonio, Texas Public Radio, November 8, 2019

Luminaria 2019 art festival in San Antonio will feature piñatas, percussion and fire, San Antonio Express News, November 7, 2019

Luminaria returns to Hemisfair this Saturday with Meditation Temple, Giant Twister Game and More, San Antonio Current, November 6, 2019

Luminaira set to light up the city, Fox KABB, November 6, 2019

No te pierdas Luminaria!, Univision TV, November 6, 2019

Luminaria: A Weekend of Light, Art, & Community in the Alamo City, Texas Lifestyle Magazine, November 4, 2019

Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival celebrates creative artists, Focus on South Texas, KABB Fox TV, October 27, 2019

Luminaria Announces 2019 Featured Artists, and a Chance for All to Participate, Rivard Report, October 16, 2019

LGBTQ+, Cultural Intersectionality, Immigration Named Themes for Luminaria, Spectrum News, October 2, 2019

Luminaria announces details of 12th annual arts festival, My San Antonio, October 2, 2019

An Artist’s Guide to San Antonio’s Cultural Boom, Amtrak The National, October 2019

10 Events You Don’t Want to Miss This Fall, Southwest The Magazine, Sep 6, 2019

Many Opportunites for SA Artists, Rivard Report, February 28, 2019

Calling all Artists, San Antonio Current, February 4, 2019

Luminaria is Looking for Artists for 2019 Festival, San Antonio Express News, February 4, 2019

Sonic Illuminations …, San Antonio Current, November 8, 2018

Dazzling Performances…, San Antonio Current, November 7, 2018

Luminaria Arts Festival, Don’t Miss It!, KSAT, November 9, 2018

Luminaria is Back in Town, KENS, Nobember 10, 2018

Critic Picks 5 Must-see Works, San Antonio Express News, November 1, 2018

Luminaria hosting Contemporary Arts Festival, KENS 5, October 20, 2018

Luminaria Returns to San Antonio, Glasstire, October 19, 2018

50 Artists to Seek Out at This Year’s Luminaria …, San Antonio Current, October 17, 2018

Art for the Crowd: Luminaria Layers History in San Antonio, Arts & Culture, October 2018

Luminaria Adds a Market and Open Stage / Ooen Gallery, San Antonio Express News, October 11, 2018

Luminaria expands to Daylight Hours, Mission San Jose for Tricentennial Year, Rivard Report, October 11, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About This Years Luminaria Contemporary Art Festival, San Antonio Current, October 11, 2018

Spanish Muralist Creating a Portrait of San Antonio, San Antonio Express-News, June 14, 2018

Artist Daniel Muñoz Begins Work on Mural Commemorating San Antonio’s Tricentennial, San Antonio Current, June 14, 2018

San Antonio Composer Turns Opera into Silent Rave With Immersive Work, San Antonio Express-News, April 18, 2018

Luminaria Builds Foundation for Tricentennial Year, La Prensa, April 6, 2018

Luminaria Announces Three More Years in Hemisfair, San Antonio Current, April 3, 2018

Luminaria Announces Date and Location for 2018, Express-News, April 3, 2018

Calling All Artists, Luminaria set to Celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial, KSAT TV, April 3, 2018

A Night of Light and Warmth Amid Novembers Chill, Rivard Report, November 11, 2017

Luminaria will Fill Hemisfair with Sights and (Loud) Sounds, San Antonio Express-News, November 10, 2017

Luminaria Art Festival: Artist Frank Valdez, KENS TV, November 9, 2017

A Leader for Luminaria, San Antonio Women, November 9, 2017

Celebrates its 10th Anniversary, San Antonio Current, November 7, 2017

The Afterglow of Luminaria will Linger Across San Antonio, San Antonio Express News, November 1, 2017

A Decade of Surprises: The Refined and Undefined Appeal of Luminaria, Arts & Culture, October 24, 2017

Collaborative Mural Marks Luminaria’s Growing Presence, Rivard Report, June 14, 2017

Luminaria Returning to Hemisfair, San Antonio Express News, March 28, 2017

Luminaria Announces New Artistic Committee and a Return to Hemisfair, San Antonio Current, March 28, 2017

San Antonio’s Fall Events You Won’t Want to Miss, San Antonio Current, February 22, 2017

Luminaria, KLRN, December 6, 2016

Unsung Hero, San Antonio Express-News, November 23, 2016

Luminaria 2016 is Done, but the Assesments are Just Beginning, San Antonio Express News, November 15, 2016

Luminaria Illuminates the Carver, Dignowity and Lockwood Parks, Rivard Report, November 12, 2016

Luminaria Shines on the Eastside Hays Street Bridge, Rivard Report, November 10, 2016

Luminaria Marks 9th Anniversary, San Antonio Express News, November 10, 2016

High Hopes for Luminaria’s Ninth Chapter, San Antonio Current, November 9, 2016

Meeet Luminaria’s Artistic Advisory Committee, San Antonio Current, November 9, 2016

Chinese Artists Look Forward to Luminaria, Rivard Report, November 9, 2016

Luminaria: A festival for Audiences and Artists, Paisano, November 2, 2016

Luminaria Prepares to Light Up East Side, La Prensa, September 17, 2016

Luminaria Set to Rise in the East, Texas Public Radio, September 13, 2016

Let’s Reignite the Eastside, Rivard Report, September 13, 2016

Biggest Ever Luminaria set for Eastside, San Antonio Express News, September 13, 2016

Eastside Murals to Build Momentum for Luminaria, Rivard Report, July 29, 2016

Eastside to Host Luminaria Art Festival in November, Rivard Report, March 23, 2016

Luminaria Set for Next Round in Downtown East, San Antonio Current, March 23, 2016

Luminaria Moving to East Side, San Antonio Express-News, March 21, 2016

One Last Blast from Luminaria 2015, San Antonio Express-News, February19, 2016

Luminaria Take Two Wraps up in February, San Antonio Express-News, January 17, 2016

Luminaria Presents Take Two, KLRN, November 20, 2015

Plato’s Drums Kicks Off Luminria’s Rain Check Performances, Texas Public Radio, November 9, 2015

Luminaria Take Two: Buttercup and Chris Sauter, The Rivard Report, November 7, 2015

Luminaria Illuminates the Darkness, The Paisano, October 27, 2015

Artists to (Still) See at Luminaria, San Antonio Express-News, October 23, 2015

Luminaria: Come Hell or High Water, The Rivard Report, October 23, 2015

Luminaria Weathers a Storm, San Antonio Express-News, October 23, 2015

Stormy Weather Prompts Luminaria to Shift Gears, San Antonio Express-News, October 22, 2015

Dreary Weather Forces Artists out of Luminaria, KSAT News, October 21, 2015

Luminaria Cancels Some Outdoor Events, San Antonio Current, October 21, 2015

Luminaria 2015 Kicks off Friday, WOAI News, October 20, 2015

Behind the Scenes at Luminaria, KLRN, October 16, 2015

Luminaria Strives to Enlighten, San Antonio Express-News, October 15, 2015

Luminaria is Back for 8th Year, KLRN, October 9, 2015

Bring the Streets to Life, Arts and Culture, October 13, 2015

Luminaria Plans Rolling Along, San Antonio Express-News, September 9, 2015

Luminaria 2015 The Metamorphosis Continues, The Rivard Report, September 9, 2015

Sneak Peak at Luminaria, WOAI News 4, September 9, 2015
Ever-evolving Luminaria heads for SAMA area, San Antonio Express-News, July 18, 2015

Luminaria 2015 Announces Call For Proposals, River North Location, Rivard Report, April 30, 2015

Luminaria names first artistic director, mysanantonio.com, March 12, 2015

New Director Sparks Hope For Luminaria, San Antonio Current, March 12, 2015

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