O+ empowers communities to take control of their collective wellbeing through art, music, and wellness.

O+ FESTIVAL KINGSTON 2021

October 8-10, 2021

11th Annual O+ Festival Submissions for our ExplO+re Wellness Classes are now open!

Applications Open April 23rd, 2021

All submissions due by June 23rd, 2021 at 11:59p.m.

The O+ Festival is a celebration of art, music and wellness that creates a bridge to access health care for its participating artists/musicians while providing the community with access to the healing and transformative power of art in all forms. O+ (pronounced Oh Positive) fosters complete physical, mental and social well-being by connecting visual artists and musicians directly with a coalition of healthcare and wellness providers + resources in a shared vision to nurture the individual and the community. By exchanging the art of medicine for the medicine of art, O+ empowers communities to take control of their collective wellbeing.

ExplO+re is the public facing wellness piece of the festival. It’s a chance for our community to experience different modalities, meet new teachers, explore what type of wellness practices work for them and get inspired. Explore group classes are generally 1 hour long and include movement, mindfulness, nutrition and any other approach that supports health and wellbeing. For example, one year we had a session on taking care of personal finances. All are welcome to apply.

Please note that most aspects of the festival this year will take place in outdoor and/or non-conventional venues due to guidance and restrictions for COVID-19 safety.

Following a year of placing most events on hold as our communities have grappled with crisis, O+ Festival will return to Kingston, NY October 8-10, 2021 with a celebration of life, through the exchange of art, music and wellness while holding space for the complexity that comes with the collective, and personal, trauma of the past year. Joy and connection is what we have to offer through the festival and they are, like oxygen, are essential to our ability to thrive as a community.

The theme of the 2021 O+ Festival is O+YGEN.

O+YGEN is breath and wind, energy, a chemical and a gas that flows between us; an invisible, essential force.

O+YGEN forms compounds like water which makes up 70% of the human body and covers 70% of the Earth’s surface.

O+YGEN is at the core of healing, balance, meditation and self-empowerment.

O+YGEN itself has been denied to some as an act of violent dehumanization; its denial acting as a signifier for inequity at its most intolerable.

O+YGEN is visible to us only in extremes - extreme cold, extreme intimacy or the extreme of a public health crisis.

O+YGEN is a symbol for all that has been lost, all that has been given and all that we have exchanged during the pandemic that cannot be contained within a singular form.

O+ Kingston is a convergence of the arts and wellness. Some questions to consider as you imagine your class offering. How do art and music support, complement, and magnify health and wellness? How does your work address the collective or personal trauma that is now associated with breath, oxygen, and their loss? Does your work attempt to heal after that trauma or to provide the collective sigh we are all longing for?

Additional information and reflections on the theme O+YGEN can be found HERE. We look forward to seeing and hearing your interpretations of this theme in the form of an ExlO+re Wellness Class.

Accepted submissions will be invited to participate at this year’s festival in exchange for full access to the festival. You can expect to be notified regarding your submission by late July.

We are expanding our wellness programming in the years ahead towards a more year-round model. If you aren’t accepted for this year’s festival, you may be contacted over the next year if there are other ways to connect with O+.

Also, If you're interested in volunteering in exchange for a clinic visit (minimum 8 hour requirement) please click HERE.

Thank you for your interest in O+ Festival and our mission.

We look forward to the opportunity to review your submission!

Positively,

The 2021 O+ ExplO+re Committee

Please do not let any barriers, personal, perceived or technical, get in the way of submitting your work. Please reach out to us for assistance in applying if you need support of any kind.

Contact info@opositivefestival.org for assistance or text 845-481-9146.

Greetings! 

If you are a practitioner interested in this exchange of the art of medicine for the medicine of art, you're in the right place! In exchange for 4 hours in our Artists' Clinic, you'll have access to the entire festival- a weekend chock full of art, music, wellness classes in our ExplO+re series, a public health ExpO+, and more! This year, as a part of the exchange you'll receive a special O+ clinic-edition artist's print and a limited edition music compilation of specially selected songs by O+ artists.

We'll feed you the day(s) of your shift(s) in our Green Room and don you with your own O+ t-shirt.  Best of all, you'll be caring for artists and musicians who are chronically un- and under-insured in a friendly and casual setting where there's no threat of a bill. Please be a part of this culture of caring. We need you there. 

Please indicate your availability by checking the boxes next to the shifts we have listed. Specific times, orientation sessions and fun gathering details to come soon.

If you have any questions about this process, please e-mail health@opositivefestival.org

With kindest regards,

The KingstO+n Wellness Team

The O+ Festival is a celebration of art, music and wellness that creates a bridge to access health care for its participating artists/musicians while providing the community with access to the healing and transformative power of art in all forms. O+ (pronounced Oh Positive) fosters complete physical, mental and social well-being by connecting visual artists and musicians directly with a coalition of healthcare and wellness providers + resources in a shared vision to nurture the individual and the community. By exchanging the art of medicine for the medicine of art, O+ empowers communities to take control of their collective wellbeing.

We do what we do because we see vividly the inequity of the healthcare system in our country, and because we are able to creatively support our musicians and artists in this way so they can keep doing what they do best -- make music and art. Volunteers are essential to the success of our festival, and we want to reward that service with the opportunity for our volunteers to receive healthcare services in our clinic. For eight hours of volunteer service, you will receive a 2021 festival T-shirt as well as (1) clinic visit of your choice. For four hours of volunteer service, you will receive a 2021 festival T-shirt. Volunteer clinic services will be available on Friday October 8. 

We expect our volunteers to show up on time and participate for the duration of their shift. All volunteers are required to attend a virtual volunteer orientation prior to the festival (date options coming soon) and there will be an additional in-person training for any volunteers managing financial transactions/handling money. When filling out the form, please select the types of work you are interested in and we will do our best to accommodate your requests! 

Thank you for volunteering with us, we greatly, greatly appreciate it.


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

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!

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