¡VIVA! A Live Telethon

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In support of arts and artists in San Antonio, ¡VIVA! A Live Telethon will take place on Saturday, May 8 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, in partnership with Luminaria, Nelco Media, and Texas Public Radio. The 6-hour telethon will be hosted by local musician Garrett T. Capps and livestreamed on the Texas Public Radio Facebook page from the Malú & Carlos Alvarez Theater & Studio, inside the Irma & Emilio Nicolas Media Center, at Texas Public Radio’s new downtown headquarters. The program will also be streamed on multiple Facebook channels, YouTube, TPR.org, and LuminariaSA.org. In addition, viewers can watch the livestream in-person during a watch party at The Lonesome Rose, courtesy of Slab Cinema

Proceeds raised during this livestream event will help fund Luminaria’s new Working Artist Fund, which addresses the impact of COVID-19, the recent winter storm, and other on-going economic hardships on individual artists living and working in Bexar County. The fund will offer support toward a sustainable livelihood for area artists through generous year-round donations from individuals, foundations, government entities, corporations, and partners that wish to support a vibrant arts community.

“As we emerge from a difficult pandemic year, we seek to move forward and assist local artists as they adjust to new ways of expressing their creativity,” said Yadhira Lozano, Luminaria Executive Director. “The need for virtual presentations requires costly software, upgrades, and better equipment while costs for traditional expenses have risen due to demand. Through the Working Artist Fund, we hope to address some of these needs.”
“The arts are core to our mission and are significant to TPR’s community engagement,” says Adam Fleming, Events Manager at Texas Public Radio. “We are thrilled to be working with Luminaria to promote and support a vibrant, strong arts community.”

"¡Viva! Uno Más is going to be better than Fiesta!" added host Garrett T. Capps.

This second arts fundraiser will feature live interviews and performances from local talent; pre-recorded videos of special performances; appearances from artists, dancers, and filmmakers; plus surprise co-hosts, games, and viewer polls of a live friendly competition to elect three artists who will be featured during TPR’s Nightstream activation at the 2021 Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival.

TPR's Nightstream at the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival:

This year, as part of the Luminaria partnership, ¡Viva! will ask viewers to participate in a vote that will be tallied at midnight, at the conclusion of the telethon, and proclaim the top three winners LIVE. Voters will choose from the top 10 favorite videos as selected by Luminaria and Texas Public Radio from all of the submissions previously collected in April.

The top three winners’ works will be featured during the annual iconic Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival on Nov. 13, 2021, at Hemisfair. Winners will also be part of a new virtual feature of the festival, TPR’s Nightstream. Similar to TPR’s monthly Daystream program, Nightstream will feature pre-recorded performances, which will be taped live inside the Malú and Carlos Alvarez Theater & Studio at TPR and played back on video screens throughout the festival. The three winning artists will each receive a full day inside the Malú & Carlos Alvarez Theater & Studio to have their performance professionally recorded with state-of-the-art multi-camera and audio production.

For more information or questions about the ¡Viva! telethon, please email viva@tpr.org.

About the Working Artist Fund: The Working Artist Fund addresses the impact of COVID-19, the recent winter storm, and other on-going economic hardships on individual artists living and working in Bexar County. The fund will offer support toward a sustainable livelihood for area artists through generous year-round donations from individuals, foundations, government entities, corporations, and partners that wish to support a vibrant arts community.

About Luminaria: Luminaria is a dynamic nonprofit arts organization dedicated to producing and promoting the arts to the city of San Antonio by managing the annual iconic Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival on Nov. 13, 2021, the Luminaria Artist Foundation grants program, and culturally driven creative placemaking projects. Luminaria receives support from the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation of the San Antonio Area Foundation, Bank of America, and numerous foundations and private donors.

For more information or to make a donation, visit LuminariaSA.org, email Luminaria at admin@LuminariaSA.org, or call (210) 721-1670. Visit on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube at @LuminariaSA – #Luminaria #LuminariaSA #Luminaria2021.