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Luminaria 2016, San Antonio, Texas


Budget: $150,000
Activated: 04/01/2016
Deadline: 05/05/2016
Call Summary
San Antonio’s multi-arts festival is scheduling programming from November 9th-13th, with the epic night festival on Friday, November 11, 2016. Luminaria invites you, your gallery, your collective, or other creative organization to submit work for this highly competitive showcase. Submit an artistic proposal by May 5th 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, but as a nonprofit organization we understand selected projects may need to seek additional funds. In the past, typical Luminaria honorariums have ranged from $250 to $3,000 depending on the scope of work. Luminaria may designate a few projects for full funding as a commissioned work.
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 2016 will be in the Downtown East neighborhoods. The Carver Community Cultural Center will be our anchor partner with a historic 650 seat proscenium theatre and a modern versatile 150 seat black box theatre. Other partners include the IDEA Carver School (exterior only), the recently renovated historic pedestrian Hays Street Bridge, and the neighborhood parks of Dignowity and Lockwood. Luminaria expects more locations within the footprint to be confirmed soon.

Luminaria appreciates specific location requests, but will make final placement decisions within the footprint.

Luminaria will work with invited artists to confirm production needs. Luminaria provides basic site, staging, lighting and electrical needs. Artists provide special equipment and are responsible for their installation / performance needs.
Application Requirements
Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 2 - 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
Budget Document Upload
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 August 1st, we will contact you with the results of this year’s open call for proposals – we may decline, accept or wait list your application. Participating artists for Luminaria will be invited through direct invitation or commission, as well as acceptance through this open call for proposals. Programming for Luminaria 2016 will be publically announced in September.
Additional Resources
Contact Information
Yadhira Lozano
Executive Director
PO Box 120188
San Antonio Texas 78212 United States



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