Luminaria returning to Hemisfair
Luminaria is returning to Hemisfair for its 10th outing.
The annual multidisciplinary arts blowout started downtown, launched by then-Mayor Phil Hardberger as a way to showcase the city’s artists.
The centerpiece of this year’s festival will be a free all-night affair running from 7 p.m. to midnight Nov. 10 throughout Hemisfair, including Magik Theatre, Yanaguana Garden, the Instituto Cultural de México and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
In addition, there will be ticketed events Nov. 9-11, including a VIP preview on Nov. 9 and a closing party on Nov. 11. There also will be artist brunches, open studios and other educational activities, many of them taking place in Southtown.
“Luminaria showcases to others what we already know — San Antonio is a great place to live, work, play and create,” District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño said at a press conference Tuesday morning at the Instituto Cultural de México.
Organizers decided to return to Hemisfair, the event’s home from 2010 to 2013, as part of Luminaria’s mission to spotlight areas in transition and to show off the new development in the area, said Executive Director Kathy Armstrong.
Hemisfair has changed dramatically in the past four years. The old wooden play structure has been replaced by the sleek, funky funscape Yanaguana Garden, the landscaping has been upgraded and there are more walkways and points of entry.
“Hemisfair is a totally different space than it was in 2013, and I’m excited to see how Luminaria embraces that and how San Antonio experiences that,” said Drew Hicks, communications manager for Hemisfair. “We want to be the place where the city gets together, and Luminaria is the kind of event that brings everyone together. This is the perfect marriage of both of our missions.”
The deadline for artist proposals for Luminaria is midnight May 10. They can be submitted online at publicartist.org. Additional information can be found at luminariasa.org.
Artists whose proposals are accepted will be notified by July 10.
“This is an opportunity for artists to think outside the box, to really dream and envision big and make those visions come to life,” said Cassandra Parker-Nowicki, who works for the Carver Community Cultural Center and is part of Luminaria’s artistic advisory committee.
Artists with questions about the application and selection process may want to attend a Q&A session April 6 at the Blue Star Contemporary, April 22 at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center or April 25 at Artpace.