By exchanging the art of medicine for the medicine of art O+ empowers communities to take control of their collective wellbeing

As an alumnus, you can help us tell the story of O+ Festival by sharing your story. We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to answer the questions below. Your responses may be used in an upcoming O+ Festival print magazine and in future promotion and fundraising efforts. Thank you for helping O+ to Apply Pressure and Elevate our communities!

O+ gifts public artworks to the community, bringing beauty and positivity to our neighbors and everyone who passes through Kingston.

Thank you for wanting to have an O+ mural on your building. O+ works on the exchange of equal value. We believe sharing resources through these partnerships strengthens our community. Your building will become a focal point for our city and the artist who paints your building will be doing so in exchange for medical and dental services. Cool right? However, the wall will cost thousands of dollars to produce. Because of this we ask you what you would like to do to offset this expense. It could be fiscal, which we need the most. It may be something your business does that we can "exchange." Let's talk.

To give you an idea, here are some rules of thumb for the cost of a mural:


Materials

We have a wonderful paint sponsor that donates thousands of dollars worth of mural paint, but we still need to purchase primer, prep and materials like brushes, rollers and drop cloths, and spray paint (which can cost in the high hundreds per mural) for artists who use that medium.

Lifts, Lights, Action!

Perhaps our biggest cost is lifts and lights. We want our artists to work in the best and safest conditions. Lifts cost between $1,500 and $3,500 to rent a week; lights rent for around $400 a week.

  • This expense is our biggest issue to determine how many murals we can produce in a year.

Insurance

  • $500-$1000 to underwrite each mural production

Travel Lodging and Food

We need to get the artist here, house them and keep them well fed and hydrated. If you have a restaurant and want to feed them that is wonderful. Got an extra room in your building and want to house them? Fantastic!


Remember, your building will not just be an attraction as the mural is being produced during O+ Festival week; the large-scale artwork will draw people to your building yearround. Your building and the mural will also be featured on a printed (and digital) mural map and included in educational materials, all of which carry their own production costs. Your building will be photographed and Instagrammed often and may be part of a time lapse video or O+ mini-documentary. O+ murals have been featured in a number of regional and national media outlets.

How would you like to participate in the exchange? Financial support is our most pressing need. But if you can’t fully fund your mural production we encourage you to think outside the box. What are you willing to exchange for a mural?


Thank YO+U

Thank you for wanting to have an O+ mural on your building. O+ works on the exchange of equal value. We believe sharing resources through these partnerships strengthens our community. Your building will become a focal point for our city and the artist who paints your building will be doing so in exchange for medical and dental services. Cool right? However, the wall will cost thousands of dollars to produce. Because of this we ask you what you would like to do to offset this expense. It could be fiscal, which we need the most. It may be something your business does that we can "exchange." Let's talk.

To give you an idea, here are some rules of thumb for the cost of a mural:


Materials

We have a wonderful paint sponsor that donates thousands of dollars worth of mural paint, but we still need to purchase primer, prep and materials like brushes, rollers and drop cloths, and spray paint (which can cost in the high hundreds per mural) for artists who use that medium.

Lifts, Lights, Action!

Perhaps our biggest cost is lifts and lights. We want our artists to work in the best and safest conditions. Lifts cost between $1,500 and $3,500 to rent a week; lights rent for around $400 a week.

  • This expense is our biggest issue to determine how many murals we can produce in a year.

Insurance

  • $500-$1000 to underwrite each mural production

Travel Lodging and Food

We need to get the artist here, house them and keep them well fed and hydrated. If you have a restaurant and want to feed them that is wonderful. Got an extra room in your building and want to house them? Fantastic!


Remember, your building will not just be an attraction as the mural is being produced during O+ Festival week; the large-scale artwork will draw people to your building yearround. Your building and the mural will also be featured on a printed (and digital) mural map and included in educational materials, all of which carry their own production costs. Your building will be photographed and Instagrammed often and may be part of a time lapse video or O+ mini-documentary. O+ murals have been featured in a number of regional and national media outlets.

How would you like to participate in the exchange? Financial support is our most pressing need. But if you can’t fully fund your mural production we encourage you to think outside the box. What are you willing to exchange for a mural?


Thank YO+U

O+ gifts public artworks to the community, bringing beauty and positivity to our neighbors and everyone who passes through Poughkeepsie.

Thank you for wanting to have an O+ mural on your building. O+ works on the exchange of equal value. We believe sharing resources through these partnerships strengthens our community. Your building will become a focal point for our city and the artist who paints your building will be doing so in exchange for medical and dental services. Cool right? However, the wall will cost thousands of dollars to produce. Because of this we ask you what you would like to do to offset this expense. It could be fiscal, which we need the most. It may be something your business does that we can "exchange." Let's talk.

To give you an idea, here are some rules of thumb for the cost of a mural:


Materials

We have a wonderful paint sponsor that donates thousands of dollars worth of mural paint, but we still need to purchase primer, prep and materials like brushes, rollers and drop cloths, and spray paint (which can cost in the high hundreds per mural) for artists who use that medium.

Lifts, Lights, Action!

Perhaps our biggest cost is lifts and lights. We want our artists to work in the best and safest conditions. Lifts cost between $1,500 and $3,500 to rent a week; lights rent for around $400 a week.

  • This expense is our biggest issue to determine how many murals we can produce in a year.

Insurance

  • $500-$1000 to underwrite each mural production

Travel Lodging and Food

We need to get the artist here, house them and keep them well fed and hydrated. If you have a restaurant and want to feed them that is wonderful. Got an extra room in your building and want to house them? Fantastic!


Remember, your building will not just be an attraction as the mural is being produced during O+ Festival week; the large-scale artwork will draw people to your building yearround. Your building and the mural will also be featured on a printed (and digital) mural map and included in educational materials, all of which carry their own production costs. Your building will be photographed and Instagrammed often and may be part of a time lapse video or O+ mini-documentary. O+ murals have been featured in a number of regional and national media outlets.

How would you like to participate in the exchange? Financial support is our most pressing need. But if you can’t fully fund your mural production we encourage you to think outside the box. What are you willing to exchange for a mural?


Thank YO+U

Thank you for wanting to be a O+ venue. As you know O+ works on the exchange of equal value. We believe we are all part of the same community. Your building will become a focal point for our city during the festival weekend and beyond. The artists, musicians and performers who appear in your venue will do so in exchange for medical services. Cool right?  You know your space, however we do not. Please answer the following questions to help us better understand what you would like to offer.  

In exchange for being an O+ venue you will be listed on the O+ festival weekend map, schedule (of course) and we will give you tons of O+ shout outs and social media love. We will provide volunteers at your venue to check and sell O+ wristbands by donation. We will provide any necessary insurance riders. We all have costs so we ask you a simple question: What would you like to exchange with O+ for becoming a venue? Think outside the box. Maybe you are a restaurant and you can feed our artists or contribute to our clinic? Maybe you have a empty space but can provide a P.A. for the weekend to turn your space into a stage? You tell us what you would like to do.

Thank you for wanting to be a O+ venue. As you know O+ works on the exchange of equal value. We believe we are all part of the same community. Your building will become a focal point for our city during the festival weekend and beyond. The artists, musicians and performers who appear in your venue will do so in exchange for medical services. Cool right?  You know your space, however we do not. Please answer the following questions to help us better understand what you would like to offer.  

In exchange for being an O+ venue you will be listed on the O+ festival weekend map, schedule (of course) and we will give you tons of O+ shout outs and social media love. We will provide volunteers at your venue to check and sell O+ wristbands by donation. We will provide any necessary insurance riders. We all have costs so we ask you a simple question: What would you like to exchange with O+ for becoming a venue? Think outside the box. Maybe you are a restaurant and you can feed our artists or contribute to our clinic? Maybe you have a empty space but can provide a P.A. for the weekend to turn your space into a stage? You tell us what you would like to do.

By exchanging the art of medicine for the medicine of art, O+ (pronounced O Positive) empowers communities to take control of their collective wellbeing. O+ curators select a theme and request artists’ proposals to make large-scale murals as well as sculpture, site-specific installation, film, theater and performance in public spaces during O+ festival weekends. Accepted artists receive complimentary health and wellness care from volunteer providers during the festival in exchange for their creative gifts.

O+ KINGSTON is now accepting submissions for its 2018 festival (October 5-7) from visual artists to transform the city into a site-specific public art experience. O+ juxtaposes the historic architecture of the Stockade District, the Midtown Arts District, and the Rondout waterfront with compelling and thought-provoking contemporary artwork. This year’s theme is SHADO+W.

What can we learn by examining SHADO+W?  What beauty exists in the darkness cast?  What needs to be seen?

Powerful yet immaterial, shadow describes that which is obscured from the light.  Shadow is visible but it cannot be grasped.  Ever shifting in relation to the source of light, shadow dances, elusive and beguiling. 

Are we living in shadow times?

What does it mean to live in the shadow of something, someone …?

Solar and lunar eclipses exemplify the power and impact potential of shadow.

Shadow tells us where the light is.

What lurks in the shadows?  

Shadow is a teacher, reporting a version of what is true.

The sundial marks time in shadow. 

Shadow can exaggerate and distort.

Shadow is mysterious.

To shadow is to follow closely.

By highlighting shadow we hope to gain a fuller understanding, illuminating the rich material and medicine in the fertile depths.  

ACCEPTED artists will be invited to share their project at this year’s festival in exchange for access to care in the O+ Artists’ Clinic (click HERE for detailed information on our mission and the health and wellness services provided at last year’s festival).

A note to O+ Art Alumni:  if you have made work for O+ KINGSTON within the past 2 years, we will happily review and consider your submission, but the art committee may give priority to submissions from artists who are new to the festival.

We eagerly anticipate your submissions! 

Positively,

The O+ KINGSTON Art Committee

(en Español)

The O+ Festival is a celebration of art, music and wellness that creates a bridge to access health care for its participating artists/musicians. O+ fosters complete physical, mental and social well-being by connecting musicians and visual artists directly with a coalition of healthcare and wellness providers/resources in a shared vision to nurture the individual and the community.

O+ KINGSTON is now accepting submissions for its 2018 festival (October 5-7, 2018) from bands, solo artists and ensembles (multimedia artists and those specializing in sound installation are encouraged to submit detailed proposals for new work/installation/etc., inspired/informed by year’s festival theme, SHADOW (click HERE for more information ).

ACCEPTED submissions will be invited to perform at this year’s festival in exchange for access to care in the O+ Artists’ Clinic (click HERE for detailed information on our mission or HERE for typical health and wellness services available). You can expect to be notified regarding your submission by late June. This year we expect to receive well over 200 submission for just about 50 available performance slots, so we ask for your patience and understanding, should your submission not be accepted for this year.

A note to O+ Music Alumni:  if you have played O+ KINGSTON within the past 2 years, we will happily review and consider your submission, but the music committee may give priority to submissions from musicians who have yet to perform at O+ KINGSTON.

We eagerly anticipate your submissions! Positively,

The O+ KINGSTON Music Committee

ExplO+re (Friday Evening, Saturday and Sunday of the 3-day festival), is an opportunity for the public to try a new mind-body-spirit class, learn from a new teacher, and/or experience a new studio setting. Class offerings, include Yoga, Meditation, Sound Healing, Fitness Classes and more.

Poughkeepsie O+ August 3rd & 4th 2018 Clinic Provider Registration

O+ (say, "Oh Positive") Festival is an exchange of music, art, and wellness, in which artists create in exchange for treatment from art and music loving health care providers in our Artists' Clinic. This form is for health care providers who wish to participate in this exchange. Shifts in the Artists' Clinic will be Friday, August 3rd and Saturday, August 4th. 

We are currently seeking nurses, physicians, massage therapists, mental health professionals, chiropractors, physical and occupational therapists and energy workers, just to name a few disciplines we welcome in our Artists' Clinic. If you are a practitioner of the healing arts, please join us! Space and shifts are limited.

Dentists are needed, too! Dental treatments take place outside of the Artists' Clinic in the offices of the volunteer dentists. Our Clinic Director will be happy to speak with you.

In exchange for a four-hour Artists' Clinic shift, practitioners receive two all-access festival wristbands, an O+ Clinic t-shirt and access to the Green Room where we feed you on the days of your clinic shifts. 

Practitioners who are licensed by the State of New York are required to provide a copy of their license as well as proof of malpractice insurance if required by your practice. Orientation to the Artists' Clinic takes place in two sessions in the two weeks leading up to the festival. Practitioners need only attend one session. 

If you would like to teach a group wellness class (yoga, dance, meditation, etc.) as part of the festival ExplO+re series, please complete this form:
https://opositive.submittable.com/submit/81526/poughkeepsie-explore-classes

General festival volunteers please complete this form
https://opositive.submittable.com/submit/80227/poughkeepsie-volunteer
It takes a team to make the festival happen!

Thank you. We're looking forward to a wonderful festival and are looking forward to having YO+U there!
ExplO+re is an opportunity for the public to try a new mind-body-spirit class, learn from a new teacher, and/or experience a new studio setting. Class offerings may include Yoga, Meditation, Sound Healing, Fitness Classes and more.

O+ POUGHKEEPSIE 2018 festival (August 3 & 4, 2018)