Video and Performance Art Festival

LUMEN 2016 | DATE: Sat, June 25 | 7PM-midnight

Location: Atlantic Salt Company, 561 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
LUMEN is an authentic contemporary art experience in New York City featuring emerging and established artists. LUMEN’s goal is connecting artists with the community all while exposed in a nomadic alternative space. The annual event brings original visual, performance and installation art to new audiences, under the artistic vision of various curators from across NYC.
EARLY BIRD (through June 15th) Tickets for this community event are $5/individual and $15/Group (Groups can include up to 10 friends/family, all persons need to enter festival together at same time.)
REGULAR ADMISSION (after June 15th and at the door) $10/individual $20/Group (Up to 10 persons). Tickets can be purchased starting April 15, 2016.
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Photo by Garrett Ziegler

Photo by Garrett Ziegler


  • About the Curator

    Monica Valenzuela is a curator, arts administrator, and freelance photographer who specializes in storytelling, community-based project management, and lifestyle portraiture. As the Deputy Director at Staten Island Arts, she works closely with the diverse cultural ecosystem of Staten Island and values neighborhood-based cultural activities. She enjoys identifying alternative spaces for art and working with artists to develop sustainable projects that bring art in the public sphere. Notable projects include Staten Island Arts’ LUMEN festival, a cutting-edge video and art festival on Staten Island’s waterfront. Monica’s past curatorial projects include, “MEXICANation” (presented at Snug Harbor Cultural Center in 2010), an exhibit featuring twenty-four prints that are part of a long-term photo essay by Irma Bohórquez-Geisler; “Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings” (presented at Open Art Surgery, as part of 2012), Matilde Cassani’s comprehensive archive of sites of worship in the five boroughs located in otherwise “non-religious” buildings; “Passenger & Vessel” (presented at SI Arts Culture Lounge, 2014), featuring interactive video art by The Sperm Whale Collective; and “Great Richmond” (presented at SI Arts Culture Lounge, 2015), a crowd-sourced public sculpture/interactive diagram that is a collaboration between cartographer and urban theorist Neil Greenberg and sculptor Will Corwin. Recent projects includes “Great White,” featuring artist Victoria Munro investigating ideas relating to the physical gallery space of Culture Lounge, its proximity to its harbor setting, and the broader community need for exhibition space. Great White is currently on view at Staten Island Arts’ Culture Lounge Gallery. Monica currently serves as a member of the Times Square Alliance Curatorial Committee, Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts of New York, DOT Art Committee, and the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Group Leadership Committee.

  • General Event FAQ

    Where is the event and how can I get there?
    LUMEN 2016 will take place at Atlantic Salt Company, located at 561 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301.

    Is there a rain date?
    LUMEN is an outdoor event. Light rain will be handled with tarps, heavy rain will cancel the event. There is NO rain date.

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Staten Island Arts is looking for energetic and outgoing volunteers to help make another LUMEN a success. Your help is vital to this event! It’s also great way to network and meet other artists and art-lovers.

    We’re looking for people who are skilled in, or are interested in learning about:
    – Technical operations: electrical, audio, video
    – Production management
    – Art installation
    – Customer service
    – Merchandise/ticket sales

    Help make the festival happen and meet other LUMEN Lovers! Fill out this form and/or contact Meredith Sladek, 2016 LUMEN Volunteer Coordinator, at