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The Luminary is purchasing a former variety store on Cherokee Street that will become a unique incubator for the arts.

New ideas use old buildings.

The Luminary is purchasing a 22,500 sq/ft former variety store on Cherokee Street that will become a unique incubator for the arts in the city. Not only will the space allow our award-winning concerts and exhibits to expand, but we will also have on-site housing and studios for international artists-in-residence, classroom and workshop space for more public programs and a host of other resources for the creative community. However, our real goal is to help build one of the most vibrant arts communities in the country. And, with your help, we think we will.

We have set our initial goal at $20,000. In reality, we need much more than that, but we want everyone to have a sense of ownership over this process, whether you donate $5 or $5,000. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so your donations are partially tax-deductible (minus the value of your rewards). For any questions, feel free to email us at info@theluminaryarts.com or call us at 314-773-1533.


Who we are.


The Luminary Center for the Arts is a platform for the presentation of innovative art, music and cultural projects. Since opening in 2007, The Luminary has quickly developed into a world-class cultural organization, presenting artwork from the collection of MoMA and The Guggenheim, launching numerous acclaimed projects with international reach and attracting residency applicants from 15 countries across 5 continents. Our new permanent location will be a unique asset in the region as an incubator for emerging artists, bringing together diverse resources and public events into one fluid location.

All that, and we are really small. We have 1 full-time staff and 2 part-time staff. We make it happen on a few shoe-strings, but we always make it happen. We have thrived because our supporters are generous, the artists we support work as hard as we do to make meaningful work and this city is ready for new ideas. This is just one of them, but we think it is a big one.

What is the Money For?
  • Securing the space. Buildings aren’t cheap.
  • Paint, drywall, wood. In other words, things that make rooms.
  • Renovations. The work to make the place.
  • Sound and Lighting. Tech support.

How you can help.

Back this project! We have interesting rewards (see below). They are our gifts to you. But, really, this is about supporting an idea. We hope you support the project because you want this to happen.

Share on Facebook and Twitter. Tell someone you know. This project is yours, too, so help us spread the message however you can.

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