Capital Campaign for a New Permanent Location
The Luminary has announced a capital campaign to establish a new permanent location on Cherokee Street to create a cutting-edge incubator for art, music and cultural projects. The building will include expanded gallery and performance space, housing and studios for artists-in-residence, open work space for the artist equipment library, classrooms, offices and more.
The Luminary’s Directors, James and Brea McAnally, describe the move as “an investment in the growing potential of the St. Louis creative community.” The campaign’s slogan-New ideas use old buildings- underscores The Luminary’s commitment to the next wave of the arts in the area. They mark the importance of Cherokee street as well, stating that “the Cherokee arts district is one of the most promising communities in the region- it is a diverse urban neighborhood that is already home to many artists, musicians and creative entrepreneurs. At the same time, it is a tenuous region in which we feel like we can play a role in creating a stable future within the community.” The plans have elicited wide support from the community after initial discussions with business owners and residents of the street. Mayor Francis Slay has lent his support to the ambitious project, saying that “The Luminary’s mission enables artists to grow and refine their talents, helping to ensure the future growth of St. Louis’s creative class. I stand in support of their organization as they work to raise the necessary funds to make this a reality.”