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Luminaria 2019 San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Interpretive Arts Program, TX


Budget: $5,000
Activated: 02/01/2019
Deadline: 03/15/2019 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, performers, collectives and all creative organizations to submit a proposal for this highly competitive showcase in which two artists will be selected. Apply between February 1st and March 15th to showcase interpretive work on the grounds of Mission San José.

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 Artists fair compensation for their work. The Featured Artists for this program will receive $2,500 ($1,500 up front to produce work and $1,000 after production is complete).

Luminaria covers basic production elements such as electricity, stages, sound equipment, lighting, artist / stage / event managers, and security. Special production elements within application proposals are the responsibility of the artists.

This program is made possible by Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival, Mission Heritage Partners, the National Park Service and by a grant from the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation of the San Antonio Area Foundation.
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 Goals
In partnership with the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and Mission Heritage Partners, we are happy to announce a call for artist proposals to interpret the history of Mission San José within the mission grounds. This exciting 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.

All artists in the greater San Antonio area are encouraged to apply. Multimedia work, static installations and time based performances are all appropriate.
Artwork Location Description
Anchored in history - The San Antonio Area Foundation and Mission Heritage partners, funds this new program in which two artists 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, Mission Heritage Partners 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 as a group, consideration will be given to separate applications that resonate with another application. This call is only open to artists in the greater San Antonio area. All works must be new works and entirely your own creation.
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 committee reviews proposals in both quantitative and qualitative methods, ensuring Luminaria’s dedication to artistic excellence. 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. This is the only 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 this online application process to submit your proposal, (start with creating your user account on, it’s free).
Upon successful completion of the application process, you will receive a confirmation email from We will contact applicants with the results of this year’s open call for proposals – applications will be declined, accepted or waitlisted. Final programming and featured artists for Luminaria 2019 will be announced publicly in the fall.

Friday, February 1 – Call for proposals opens online at (Free)

Wednesday, February 6 – Application Information Session at the Schultze House in Hemisfair (6PM - 7PM)

Saturday, March 2 – Application Information Session at the Schultze House in Hemisfair (11AM - 12PM)

Friday, March 15 - Application deadline

Wednesday, May 15 – Artists Notified

Friday, November 8 – Luminaria 2019 VIP & Press Preview in Hemisfair (ticketed)

Saturday, November 9 – Luminaria 2019 Contemporary Arts Festival from 7 PM to Midnight in Hemisfair (free)

Sunday, November 10 – San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Interpretive Arts Program Reception (featured artist attendance mandatory), Community Day in Hemisfair (free and ticketed)
Additional Resources
Luminaria 2019 Info Sessions (PDF)
Contact Information
PO Box 120188
San Antonio TX 78212 United States