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Luminaria 2017, Contemporary Arts Festival, San Antonio, TX


Budget: $100,000
Activated: 03/28/2017
Deadline: 05/15/2017
Call Summary
San Antonio’s multi-arts festival is scheduling programming from November 9th-11th, with the epic night festival on Friday, November 10, 2017. Luminaria invites you, your gallery, your collective, or other creative organization to submit work for this highly competitive showcase. Submit your proposal by May 10th to be part of this edgy celebration of contemporary arts in downtown San Antonio, Texas.

Project Proposals will be evaluated on their overall professionalism, creativity, originality, and innovation. There is only one application form to submit, whether your work is visual, performance, literary, musical, environmental, fashion, comedy, film, dance or a combination of artistic genres. Cross-discipline works are encouraged. All artists are required to be present at the festival and open to interacting with the public.

All works must be created specifically for Luminaria, unless Luminaria is also its Texas or US premiere. Art work sales are not permitted at the festival.

All proposals must be submitted via this online application process.
Budget Description
Luminaria believes in fair compensation, and as a nonprofit organization we understand selected projects may need to seek additional funds. In the past, typical Luminaria artist payments have ranged from $250 to $5,000 depending on the scope of work.

This year, artists will select a requested budget of $250, $500, $1000, $2500 or $5000. Please consider the scope of your project when selecting your requested budget. Luminaria does not have a formula for how the funds will be awarded amongst the different budget levels. Luminaria will provide funds upon completion of the project / on the festival weekend.
Project Description
Our Mission Statement:
Luminaria delivers an annual contemporary arts program that includes a festival of international stature; supports downtown development; and brings attention to San Antonio arts and culture.
Artwork Location Description
Because Luminaria moves the festival footprint annually within San Antonio, we want you to know that Luminaria 2017 will be in the downtown Hemisfair District. Our anchor artistic partners include the Instituto Cultural de Mexico, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and Magik Theatre -- providing Luminaria indoor programming in 3 theatres and 3 visual art galleries. Outdoors, programming can be situated on the front porches / facades of 6 historic homes and 1 gazebo, within the family friendly Yanaguana Park, on 1 stage, and off the newly renovated E. Nueva Street. Luminaria expects more locations within the footprint to be confirmed. The festival will be accessible from Alamo Street and from the San Antonio Riverwalk.

Luminaria welcomes specific location requests, but will make final placement decisions within the footprint. Luminaria provides basic site, staging, lighting and electrical needs. Artists are responsible for their installation / performance needs and any special equipment. We will work with featured artists to confirm logistics.
Call is open worldwide
Application Requirements
Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 4 - 10
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
Project Proposal Document Upload
Promo Image Image/Video Upload
Selection Information
Selection Process
All proposals will be reviewed in both quantitative and qualitative methods. These proposals will then be evaluated as matches for the festival footprint, thus building a comprehensive vision for the ever changing multi-arts festival. Final invitation will be by unanimous recommendation from the Artistic Advisory Committee to the Executive Director.

Luminaria does not provide feedback on internal selection process.
Upon successful completion of the application process, you will receive a confirmation email. On or by July 10th, we will contact you with the results of this year’s open call for proposals – we may decline, accept or wait list your application. Featured artists for Luminaria will be invited through direct invitation or commission, as well as acceptance through this open call for proposals. Programming for Luminaria 2017 will be announced publicly in late September. The night contemporary arts festival is scheduled for Friday, November 10, 2017 from 7 PM to midnight.
Additional Resources
Contact Information
Yadhira Lozano
Executive Director
PO Box 120188
San Antonio Texas 78212 United States



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