Capital Campaign

New Ideas Use Old Buildings

Following a successful capital campaign that saw over 500 individuals and businesses lend their support, The Luminary officially purchased a new permanent location at 2701 Cherokee Street on December 31st, 2013. The 17,000 sq/ft complex in the center of the burgeoning arts district hosts an expansive gallery, venue, studios, workshop space, and housing for international artists-in-residence. The space, which opened on May 17, 2014, is now a unique asset in the region as an incubator for art, music and cultural projects, bringing together diverse resources and public events into one fluid location.

Currently, the campaign is in its final phase, with funding still necessary to finish on-site artist studios and housing on the second floor of the building.

Overview of the project

The Luminary launched in 2007 in a former convent as an artist-run resourcing organization. Since that time, the organization grew quickly, initiating acclaimed exhibitions, an ambitious concert series, an international artist-in-residence program and independent projects such as Temporary Art Review, AV Equipment Library, and FORM Contemporary Design Show. In December 2011, we announced plans to move to Cherokee Street as the next step in our commitment to develop a sustainable platform for supporting artists in our region. In searching for the best location for that vision, we sought out a number of possible options before moving forward with 2701 Cherokee Street, a historic corner complex at Cherokee and Ohio. The building required a complete renovation, with the process of clean-up, demo and stabilization begun at the end of 2012 and continued through much of 2013 with the help of over 1,500 volunteer hours.

On December 31st, 2013, we closed on a loan to purchase and renovate the building through IFF, a nonprofit lender that serves community-focused nonprofits throughout the Midwest by providing capital support. Acclaimed architecture firm UIC provided major pro bono support to oversee the design and implementation of the project.

The main components of the project will be complete by May 17th, 2014, with a grand opening on that date. However, significant support is needed to complete several aspects, including renovations of the partial second story for the artist-in-residence program; a sprinkler system to utilize 3,000 sq/ft of the lower level (currently not able to be zoned for public use); and a mezzanine to house offices and meeting areas. The estimates to complete these areas is an additional $90,000.

How you can help

Gifts to the Capital Campaign are fully tax deductible. For more information, or to make a gift to the campaign, contact Co-Director Brea McAnally at 314-650-6848 or We would love to set up a time to discuss this opportunity in person. We are also in need volunteers and in-kind donations to help offset ongoing expenses.

Mail a check, money order, or credit card information to:

The Luminary
2701 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118

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Volunteer Work Day Time Lapse

Volunteer work days 2012-2013 from The Luminary on Vimeo.