Illuminating Luminaria

Luminara San Antonio
Saturday, March 13, 2010

Not returning from a quick trip to Merida until March 13, the day of San Antonio’s much heralded event – Luminaria Arts Night in San Antonio – I have been checking the website continually to find out whether to invite out-of-town friends in to revel in the artistic fervor and see San Antonio shimmer.  

Alas, 13 days out, and still no exciting news from event organizers, other than dry words seemingly designed for corporate sponsors: 

A manifestation of the city’s cultural riches, Luminaria boosts tourism by drawing visitors to the city and through increased media attention….  The economic value of Luminaria is significant because of its affect on downtown restaurants, hotels, and other businesses, as well as cultural organizations and individual artists.

Contemporary Art Month
March 2010

Dan Goddard rides to the rescue, though, with an extremely informative article about the Contemporary Art Month portion of Luminaria, “Alamo City,” posted on Glasstire:

Despite much discussion about moving CAM to a cooler month, not much happened until newcomers Jason Jay Stevens and Leslie Raymond, who teaches New Media at UTSA, joined the CAM board. They were able to convince the art community to move CAM to March to coincide with Luminaria, a one-night, citywide arts festival that is the brainchild of former Mayor Phil Hardberger. And working with designer Chuck Ramirez and computer guru Ben Judson, they have come up with a new, much improved online CAM Calendar ….

Goddard reports Contemporary Art Month gets underway this very afternoon with a riverside sidewalk parade of artists:

A Rebirth of CAM parade is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, beginning at Roosevelt Park on the city’s South Side and meandering along the new Mission Reach of the San Antonio River to the Blue Star.  All artists who wish to participate are invited to come clad in “your craziest costumes and whatever you can find to play and bang on.”  The parade will end at the La Tuna bar for libations.

While the pot-banging artistic component seems to have its calendar lined up online, Luminaria organizers are keeping us in the dark.  Hopefully, Luminaria will shed light on what is going to be happening soon.  How else will all those Dallasites and Houstonians know whether to book hotel rooms and hop aboard a Southwest flight at the last minute?  Keep checking the calendar.  

For me, whatever happens on the 13th will just be a wonderful surprise on my return from Mexico.

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