San Antonio's Contemporary Arts Festival - Saturday, November 10, 2018
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This year we have calls for two different opportunities.

Both open April 1, 2018. Both end May 15, 2018.
Please read this page, and then apply online at PublicArtist.org


2018 TIMELINE

April 1 – Call for artist proposals opens online at PublicArtist.org  (No Fee)

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

April 11 – Q&A Session: applying to Mission San José Interpretive Arts Program at 6701 San Jose Dr., 78214 (5:30 – 6:30 PM)

April 14 – Q&A Session: applying to Mission San José Interpretive Arts Program at 6701 San Jose Dr., 78214 (10 – 11 AM)

April 18 – Q&A Session: applying to Luminaria 2018 Contemporary Arts Festival at 611 Hemisfair Blvd., 78205 (5:30 – 6:30 PM)

April 21 – Q&A Session: applying to Luminaria 2018 Contemporary Arts Festival at 611 Hemisfair Blvd., 78205 (10 – 11 AM)

May 5 – Q&A Session: applying to Mission San José Interpretive Arts Program at 6701 San Jose Dr., 78214 (10 – 11 AM)

May 9 – Q&A Session: applying to Luminaria 2018 Contemporary Arts Festival at 611 Hemisfair Blvd., 78205 (5:30 – 6:30 PM)

May 15 - Applications close online at 11:59 PM

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)

 

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Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival 2018

Call for artist proposals: 

Luminaria is a dynamic non-profit organization that produces San Antonio’s annual 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.

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 publicartist.org, 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.

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.

 The application requires:

Upon successful completion of the application process, you will receive a confirmation email from PublicArtist.org. 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 publically in the fall.

 

CURATING LUMINARIA

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.

 

ABOUT LUMINARIA'S 2018 CONTEMPORARY ARTS FESTIVAL

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.

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.

 

ABOUT ARTIST FEES

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.

 

ABOUT PRODUCTION EXPENSES

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.

 

Official Tricentennial Event

 

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Mission San José Interpretive Arts Program

Call for artist proposals: 

Luminaria is a dynamic non-profit organization that produces San Antonio’s free annual contemporary arts festival and citywide arts activation programs.

In honor of San Antonio’s Tricentennial year and in partnership with the National Park Service at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park 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 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.

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 publicartist.org, 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.

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.

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.

The application requires:

Upon successful completion of the application process, you will receive a confirmation email from PublicArtist.org. 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.

 

CURATING LUMINARIA’S SAN JOSE MISSION INTERPRETIVE ARTS PROGRAM

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.

 

ABOUT 2018’s CONTEMPORARY ARTS FESTIVAL & SAN JOSE MISSION

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.

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.

 

ABOUT ARTIST FEES

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.

 

ABOUT PRODUCTION EXPENSES

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.

 

 

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PO Box 120188, San Antonio, Texas 78212 (210) 721-1670 info@luminariasa.org