Luminaria took place on March 9 and once again it was a great success. This year over 325,000 attendees were entertained by the various art forms and disciplines. Luminaria included 93 performances and installations utilizing over 600 national, international and local artists. This year, artistic director Richard Rosen and co directors Melissa Marlow and Kathy Armstrong expanded the event footprint to include Hemisfair Park, the closing of South Alamo (Market to Chavez) with some exciting artists designed vehicles, La Villita and the Arneson River Theatre.
The Riverwalk (Southbank from the Grotto to Arneson) and Houston street were also included allowing for “fringe” art activities to take place and to showcase the city’s “X Marks the Art” program, which is a program designed to enhance the vacant windows along the Houston street vicinity.
Luminaria is a public and private partnership and we would like to thank all the sponsors that help to make these “Night of the Arts” possible, including the City, Valero, HEB, Rackspace and the 80/20 Foundation, Bank of America, AT&T, SAWS, Bud Light, Coca Cola, TheFund and NuStar Energy. The City plays a major role contributing by not only making a financial investment but also by allocating Personnel and the team that supported the event includes the Department of Culture and Creative Development, Downtown Operations, Parks & Recreation, Police and Fire.
As we look towards the future of Luminaria, a team of three professionals were hired in partnership with the City and the Luminaria Board to develop a strategic plan for the event. The team is comprised of artists and arts administrators that have extensive national and international experience with art events and festivals. They are charged with looking at the governance, the artistic direction and fundraising strategies to ensure the success of this event.