Luminaria Convergence

Saturday, November 8

Generosity or Philanthropy: A Conversation on Hispanic Giving

10:00 – 11:00 am
Café Commerce, San Antonio Central Library

There’s an old adage… Hispanics don’t give… but is it truth or stereotype? While there’s an almost universal Hispanic core value of giving and volunteerism for church and charity, how does this tradition translate to other sectors? Our expert panel examines the issues, challenges, and rewards of giving, volunteerism, and community service.





Panelists: Martin R. Acevedo, Director of Development and Community Partnerships, San Antonio Area Foundation
Ernest Bromley, Chief Executive Officer, Bromley
Ricardo Guzman, Chief Executive Officer, CRIT USA/Fundacion Teleton USA
Gaby Poler-Buzali, Director of Development, Texas State University, Moderator


Luminaria Artists Connection

Linking San Antonio performing artists to the country

1:15– 2:45 pm
Café Commerce, San Antonio Central Library

Get connected with arts professionals from the Western Arts Alliance, a performing arts market serving the Western United States and Canada! Meet face-to-face with venue directors, festival programmers, booking agents, promoters, and others from across the country and the region. Advance your work, look inside the artist selection process, gain insight into the regional touring market, or simply practice your pitch and get feedback. It’s a valuable opportunity to go one-on-one with arts leaders on the regional and national scene. These pre-scheduled 15-minute meetings are open to professional performing artists, artist representatives and companies (must be a resident of San Antonio). Pre-registration is required; registration open October 1 - November 1.


Comida de la Calle: Culinary Crossroads

A tasty conversation on Street Food, Regional Cuisine, & Culture

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Pearl Studio

Careful, this meme is hot! In the last few years, street food has gone from what you eat after a late night to an expression of culture, taste, and identity, especially in Texas. There are celebrity chefs in food trucks, carts with a national following, and just to prove the meme, a Hollywood motion picture, Chef. Join Restaurant Mixtli chefs Diego Galicia and Rico Torres, scholar and author Dr. Ellen Clark, and Austin’s taco journalist and influencer, Mando Rayo, for a spirited conversation on Texas food trends and how the rise of street food is changing culture and the way we eat.






Panelists: ​Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark, Professor Emerita, UTSA & co-author of Tamales, Comadres, & the Meaning of Civilization
Diego Galicia, Chef & Owner, Restaurant Mixtli
Mando Rayo, consultant & author of Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day
Rico Torres, Chef & Owner, Restaurant Mixtli


Creative Placemaking – A Debate

Building Community or Displacing It?

3:00 – 4:30 pm
Café Commerce, San Antonio Central Library

Creative placemaking is the hot new buzzword in arts funding. Artplace America, a consortium of 12 major foundations supporting creative placemaking, defines it as an endeavor “in which art and culture plays an explicit and central role in shaping communities’ social, physical, and economic futures.” But art historian/critic Rosalyn Deutsche has called it “Artists as the ‘shock troops of gentrification’.” Which is it? Our panel of arts and civic leaders debate the pros and cons of a movement already underway in San Antonio.






Panelists: Ron Berry (Artistic Director, Fusebox Festival); Amada Cruz (Executive Director, Artpace); Michael Anthony Garcia (Visual Artist & Curator); Moderated by Sixto Wagan (Director, UH Center for Arts Leadership)