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Luminaria 2018, Mission San Jose Interpretive Arts Program, San Antonio, TX


Budget: $2,500
Activated: 04/01/2018
Deadline: 05/15/2018 11:59 PM Central Time
Call Summary
Luminaria is a dynamic non-profit organization that produces San Antonio’s free annual contemporary arts festival and citywide arts activation programs.

Luminaria invites greater San Antonio area artists, galleries, bands, collectives and all creative organizations to submit a proposal for this highly competitive showcase in which one artist will be selected. Apply between April 1st and May 15th to showcase interpretive work on the grounds of Mission San José in observation of the 300th anniversary of San Antonio, Texas. The Featured Artist’s work will open on November 11, 2018 and be on display or active through January 6, 2019.

This is a separate call from the call for artist proposals for Luminaria's free annual contemporary arts festival in Hemisfair.
Budget Description
Luminaria is committed to paying the Featured Artist fair compensation for their work. The Featured Artist for the San José Mission Program will receive $1,500 up front to produce work and $1,000 after production is complete.

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 wait list your application. Final programing and featured artists will be announced publicly in the fall.

Artwork sales will be prohibited, as it is a showcase event. The Featured Artist will be required to be present with their work on the opening day and for any special program dates. We also request the Featured Artist be open to interacting with the public and press to promote this project, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and the Arts.
Artwork Goals
In honor of San Antonio’s Tricentennial year and in partnership with the National Park Service and Western National Parks Association, we are happy to announce a call for artist proposals to interpret the history of Mission San José within the mission grounds. This exciting new program will shed light on the “Queen of the Missions,” or Mission San José, founded in 1720 by Fray Antonio Margil de Jesús. The site is part of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which is also a World Heritage Site.

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 San Jose Mission Arts Program is an official event of San Antonio’s Tricentennial.
Artwork Location Description
Anchored in history - The Western National Parks Association, a non-profit partner of the National Park Service, funds this new program in which one artist will be carefully selected by a diverse Curatorial Committee to interpret the site and history at Mission San José. This historic mission, founded in 1720 by Fray Antonio Margil de Jesús, is the best known of the Texas missions besides the Alamo. To learn more about San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, visit their website:

This program will be activated on the property of the National Park Service and cannot be within the church boundaries. No permanent connections, marks or other alterations or damages to the historic Mission structures will be permitted. This program best suits work that will be highly effective during the daytime when the Mission is open to the public. While generally a safe and respected historic site, the applicant for this public art program accepts risks of vandalism, theft or accidents. Luminaria, The National Park Service, Western National Parks Association and Mission San José cannot be held liable for vandalism, theft or accidents.
Site History
Please visit the National Park Service's page on the history of Mission San Jose:
Applicants may apply as an individual or in teams. This call is only open to artists in the greater San Antonio area. Please see "Artwork Goals" for details about this project.
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
Project Proposal Document Upload
Selection Information
Selection Process
A special Curatorial Committee builds a comprehensive vision for the historical interpretive arts program. The applications are reviewed in both quantitative and qualitative methods to select one Featured Artist from the greater San Antonio region. Through an open call for proposals, Luminaria’s curatorial committee ensures Luminaria’s 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 public arts and historic site 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). All works must be new works and entirely your own creation. Applicants must live in the greater San Antonio area to be considered.
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
Kathy Armstrong
Executive Director
PO Box 120188
San Antonio TX 78212 United States