Luminata 2019 – Call for Artists, Musicians and other Performers

Fremont Arts Council’s
2019 Luminata Call for Artists, Musicians and other Performers

Art Grant Application Deadline (has passed – no more funding available)
Art Proposal Deadline: September 12, 2019 (for proposals not requesting funding)

Do you have an illuminated creation or performance piece swimming in your mind, in progress, or created and itching to get out into the world? The Fremont Arts Council is seeking proposals for large-scale art installations, movable creations, experiences, and performances for the 2019  Luminata Lantern Festival held at Green Lake Park, Saturday, September 21st, on the evening of the Autumnal Equinox. We have both unpaid opportunities and artist grants available to support artists to create inspirational art and performance for this event. We are looking for illuminated creations to transform the entire space for the night!

Luminata is production of the Fremont Arts Council (FAC), a community-based celebration arts organization. We value volunteer-ism; community participation; inclusiveness, artistic expression; and the sharing of arts skills.

Luminata is the autumn celebration of the FAC. We celebrate the season of balance, the solar autumn equinox, with a gathering of community for a lantern procession around Green Lake Park. The procession culminates with more art, live acoustic music and hot cider. Luminata is a family friendly, nighttime event from 7:00PM- 10:00PM.

Green Lake Park is a beautiful urban park with a meandering path around a large lake. The Art Council encourages artists to consider the park field clearings, trees, and lake along the procession route for illuminated art installations.

Please consider this:

  • There is only limited AC electricity available. Battery or quiet generator power is preferred.
  • While candles are OK to use for individual lanterns, larger installation work should NOT use candles for illumination.
  • The FAC will not be permitted for fire or any open flame activities. Any proposals inclusive of fire must provide their own professional fire certificate; permits; and insurance to be accepted.
  • Luminata is a rain or shine event. All artwork must be designed to withstand inclement weather.
  • Interactive installations are encouraged.
  • Artists are responsible for all set-up and strike of their work.
  • Set-up can begin as early as 12PM, and must be deconstructed by 11PM, on the night of the event.
  • There are areas of some diffused ambient light around the pathway of the procession, but it can be very dark in other places. Please consider the impact of your work and provide for enough illumination to achieve maximum effect at night.

Applicants: Any artist or artist group who has a vision for something awesome they want to bring to life in front of hundreds of people should send us their proposal.

Grant Funds: The Luminata Art Grant Fund will provide funding for projects ranging in scale from $100 to $500.  Grant funds may be used for artists’ fees, materials and supplies, equipment purchase or rental, travel and transportation. Existing artwork can be re-mounted for exhibition.   

Grant funds may NOT be used to stage fundraising events; for project expenses that occur prior to or after the project dates; or for operating costs not directly associated with the event project.

Selection:  A selection committee composed of FAC members will review applications and make awards by August 23rd. This is an open competitive process and, unfortunately, not every applicant will receive funding.

Special consideration given to:

  • Inspired illuminated artwork.
  • Innovative use of lighting technology
  • First time FAC grant applicants
  • Creating the project at the Powerhouse community art studio
  • Leading a public workshop in the production of artwork
  • Use of repurposed materials
  • Kinetic movement
  • Cross-disciplinary collaboration (i.e., dance and visual arts)

To Apply:     Luminata Art Proposal and Grant Application

Find out More:

Luminata Public Art Workshops