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Luminaria 2018, Contemporary Arts Festival, San Antonio, TX


Budget: $100,000
Activated: 04/01/2018
Deadline: 05/15/2018
Call Summary
Luminaria is a dynamic non-profit arts organization that produces San Antonio’s annual after-dark contemporary arts festival. Luminaria’s FREE 2018 arts festival is scheduled on Saturday, November 10th 2018 from 7PM to Midnight, with additional community programming and ticketed events throughout the holiday weekend.

Luminaria invites you (your gallery, your band, your collective, or other creative organization) to submit a proposal for this competitive showcase. Apply between April 1st and May 15th to be part of this luminous after-dark celebration of contemporary arts during the 300th anniversary year of San Antonio, Texas.
Budget Description
Luminaria is committed to paying all featured artists fair compensation for their work. The base fee for small projects and performances is $250 while fees for larger projects can be up to $2,500. Luminaria encourages you to review the Working Artists for Greater Economy calculator. Detailed budgets are encouraged and all projects are evaluated on an individual basis. Limited support for travel and lodging of national and international artists is available. Payment to artists will be at the festival.

Luminaria covers basic production costs such as electricity, stages, sound equipment, site lighting, artist / stage / event managers, and security. Special production elements within application proposals are the responsibility of the artist.
Project Description
Upon successful completion of the application process, you will receive a confirmation email from On or by July 15th, we will contact you with the results of this year’s open call for proposals – we may decline, accept or waitlist your application. Final programming and featured artists for Luminaria 2018 will be announced publicly in the fall.

Artwork sales are prohibited at the arts festival, as it is a showcase event. Artists are required to be present at both the tech rehearsal and the festival. We also request all artists be open to interacting with the public and press to promote the festival and the Arts.
Artwork Goals
Luminaria’s 2018 contemporary arts festival will be a special Tricentennial edition celebrating San Antonio’s 300th anniversary. For the first time, Luminaria asks artists to consider the identity, history, people, land and culture of San Antonio in their application proposal. Luminaria’s Contemporary Arts Festival is an official event of San Antonio’s Tricentennial. Works that are highly effective at night and multimedia projects are encouraged.
Artwork Location Description
Anchored in Hemisfair, Where San Antonio Meets, the contemporary arts festival establishes this downtown district as a cultural and entertainment destination. Site partners for the arts festival include Mexican Cultural Institute, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Magik Theatre, Yanaguana Garden and the San Antonio Convention Center. At last year’s 10th annual festival, an estimated 20,000 people attended, checking in from all over the city, the U.S. and other countries including Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Site History
Research by Claudia Guerra

The area where Luminaria’s contemporary art festival is celebrated today originally included the farmlands
of the Mission San Antonio de Valero, founded in 1718. A portion of the Acequia Madre, built to provide water
for the mission occupants and fields, still flows through this area. By the 18th century, the area was known
as the Barrio del Alamo. It was a small community of former mission Native Americans, Spanish settlers,
military soldiers and their families.

Beginning in 1856, the corporate limits of San Antonio were divided into four wards covering 36 square
miles. Hemisfair district falls within the boundaries of Ward 4, which included all of the land east of the San
Antonio River and south of Commerce Street. Well into the 19th century, this area was predominately German
in population—giving it the colloquial name, German Town—but it was a diverse community comprised of
multiple cultural groups including those of Polish, African, Alsatian and Mexican heritage.

By the mid-20th century, many of the residential areas around the city’s urban core had aged and were
deemed un-restorable. The phenomenon afflicting the Hemisfair district was common amongst many U.S.
cities at the time. Cities were given federal monies to purchase areas termed “blighted,” which were sold to
construct new public areas. In 1959, local business leaders conceived what would eventually become the
1968 World’s Fair. A 92.6 acre site on the southeastern edge of the central San Antonio Business District—
the old German Town —was chosen.

Held from April 6 through October 6, 1968, the World’s Fair commemorated the 250th anniversary of the
founding of San Antonio. Its theme, the “Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas,” celebrated the long
tradition of economic and cultural collaboration between the United States and Latin America and positioned
San Antonio as the “Gateway to the Americas.” The fair attracted more than 30 participating nations,
entertained 6.3 million visitors and focused international attention on the city.

Today, Hemisfair is transforming into a district that will reconnect surrounding neighborhoods through
pathways and multi-modal streets. Visitors to Hemisfair can enjoy the recently opened Yanaguana Garden, an
exciting 4-acre park that is dotted with public artwork created by many of San Antonio’s most prolific artists.
Additionally, historic structures from the Worlds Fair that speak to San Antonio’s culture have been preserved.
Here, not far from the San Antonio River, the past, present and future mingle in the Hemisfair district.
Applicants may apply as an individual or in teams. This call is open worldwide. Please see "Artwork Goals" for the festival theme.
Application Requirements
Resume: 1 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
Artist Fee Request Document Upload
Project Proposal Document Upload
Promo Image 1 (required) Image/Video Upload
Promo Image 2 (optional) Image/Video Upload
Promo Image 3 (optional) Image/Video Upload
Selection Information
Selection Process
Luminaria’s Curatorial Committee builds a comprehensive vision for the ever-changing arts festival. The applications are reviewed in both quantitative and qualitative methods to build a cohesive selection of regional, national, and international artists and to ensure all artistic disciplines are represented. Through an open call for proposals and through direct invitations, Luminaria’s curatorial committee ensures the festivals dedication to excellence in the arts. Members of the curatorial committee are appointed by Luminaria’s Executive Director, and represent a diverse group of San Antonio arts professionals.
Selection Criteria
Applications will be evaluated on their overall professionalism, creativity, originality, and innovation. There is only one application to submit, whether your work is visual, performance, literary, musical, architectural, fashion, film, dance, comedy or a combination of artistic genres. You must use the online application process to submit your proposal, (start with creating your user account on, it’s free). Cross-disciplinary works and site-specific works are encouraged. All works must be created within the last two years or new works and entirely your own creation.

For the first time, Luminaria asks artists to consider the identity, history, people, land and culture of San Antonio in their application proposal in celebration of San Antonio's 300th anniversary.
April 1 – Call for artist proposals opens online at (No Fee)

April 3 – Mexican Cultural Institute - Press announcement of Luminaria footprint, 2018 Curatorial Committee and Open Call for Artist Proposals

May 15 - Applications close online

July 15 – Artists Notified

November 9 - VIP & Press Preview (Ticketed)

November 10 – Luminaria 2018 Contemporary Arts Festival from 7 PM to Midnight (FREE)

November 11 - Community Outreach Events (TBA)
Additional Resources
Contact Information
Yadhira Lozano
Executive Director
PO Box 120188
San Antonio Texas 78212 United States



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