The Luminary in St. Louis is a leader in the field of socially engaged artistic practice. Located in a historic theater along the main thoroughfare of the economically and culturally diverse Cherokee Street neighborhood, the organization assists artists in undertaking meaningful and productive collaborations with the local community. The Luminary also sites ambitious new public works throughout St. Louis and produces a weekly arts publication. The Luminary is keenly attuned to the ambitions of artists and the needs of its local community. Its programs and publication provide space for global perspectives, shared methodologies, and critical reflection on socially engaged artistic practice. The Luminary nurtures collaborative exchange and provides opportunities for the creation of transformative new work.
“It is an honor to be part of The Warhol Foundation’s mission to support the visual arts coupled with its commitment to specifically support the voices of women, POC, Native Americans, and LGBTQ. It is simply thrilling to be part of an organization where we get to see these values writ large and implement real change in real life ways in the visual arts community that still so needs to move forward in terms of social justice, equality, and diversity. We put our money where our mouth is. How many institutions actually do that?”
Deborah Kass, Artist