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

ABOUT O+ FESTIVAL, NORTH ADAMS

By exchanging the art of medicine for the medicine of art, O+ (pronounced “O positive”) empowers communities to take control of their collective wellbeing. 

On Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, 2019, North Adams will host the first O+ North Adams festival of art, music and wellness. O+ is a cultural and wellness organization that supports the health of underinsured artists and musicians through festivals at which they exchange artmaking and performances for wellness services. O+ helps strengthen community wellbeing with Narcan and CPR trainings, expos of local health and wellness-related businesses and nonprofits, cycling events, healing art classes, mural tours, healthcare forums, and neighborhood dinners. More information here

O+ NORTH ADAMS is now accepting submissions for its 2019 festival to transform the city into a site-specific public art experience. For the inaugural year, the festival's focus is on the theme of "Home". The focus is on place, specifically the history and culture of our area, 01247. What is home?

Artists, creatives, art educators, community members, et al. are invited to submit a proposal for an installation, event, workshop, art performance, happening, etc., which will take place at this year’s festival in exchange for access to healthcare in the O+ Artists’ Clinic.

Please note: this call is for art-related programming and projects other than murals. Are you a visual artist who would like to submit a proposal for a mural? Submit here! Are you primarily musical (i.e. a musician, band, sound-based performance)? Please submit here

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Contact information (name, email address, phone number, physical address)
  • Written statement detailing your proposed art-related program along with an outline that stipulates how the program will engage the community with respect to the mission of O+ Festival.  (min. 200 words)
  • Written statement outlining special requirements for the proposed project such as access to electricity, WiFi, indoor/outdoor space, access to water, lighting, etc.
  • Written statement as to why you want to participate in the O+ North Adams Festival (min. 50 words)
  • Short bio/artist profile (50-100 words—if selected, this information will be used for press and promotion, examples here)
  • Five images of past work demonstrating a creative approach that aligns with your proposal (optional, only if relevant)
  • Current CV (or resume) and artist statement, highlighting qualifications relevant to social practice as well as mural design/public art (optional)
  • Website and social media links (optional)

ELIGIBILITY  

This call is open to anyone who has an idea for an art-related program. However, please note that priority will be given to local residents living within 60 miles of North Adams, MA and/or those who have demonstrated experience in managing a creative community project.

PARTICIPATION DETAILS

If accepted, the North Adams O+ Festival is able to provide the participants with access to the Artists' Clinic and festival and free meals from the green room. Please note: The mission of the festival is to deliver care to participating artists and musicians in the Artists' Clinic. We strongly encourage any applicant to consider whether going to the clinic is something they will be motivated to do before applying. Why? Read more about O+ and its mission here

TIMELINE

Call for proposals: November 15, 2018-January 5, 2019

Review submissions: January 6-19, 2019

Notification of selected proposals: January 23, 2019

Confirmation of participation: February 6, 2019

Final program description due: March 1, 2019

O+ Festival (and access to wellness clinic): May 10-11, 2019

ABOUT THE SELECTION COMMITTEE

The North Adams O+ Art Committee is made up of four members: Ashley Strazzinski, Glenda Matos-Carter, Julia Dixon, and Michelle Daly. More information about the O+ team can be found here. Questions? Email Ashley Strazzinski at astrazzinski@opositivefestival.org

We eagerly anticipate your submissions! 


Positively, 

The O+ NORTH ADAMS Art Committee


HAVE QUESTIONS? Want to participate, volunteer, and/or support O+ North Adams in other ways? Email us! northadams@opositivefestival.org

ABOUT O+ FESTIVAL, NORTH ADAMS

By exchanging the art of medicine for the medicine of art, O+ (pronounced “O positive”) empowers communities to take control of their collective wellbeing. 

On Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, 2019, North Adams will host the first annual, O+ Festival. O+ is a cultural and wellness organization that supports the health of underinsured artists and musicians through festivals at which they exchange artmaking and performances for wellness services. O+ helps strengthen community wellbeing with narcan and CPR trainings, expos of local health and wellness-related businesses and nonprofits, cycling events, healing art classes, mural tours, healthcare forums, and neighborhood dinners. More information here

O+ NORTH ADAMS is now accepting submissions from visual artists and muralists for its 2019 festival to transform the city into a site-specific public art experience. For the inaugural year, we are seeking mural proposals that address the theme of home—or place—specifically the history and culture of our area, 01247. Accepted artists will be invited to create their mural at this year’s festival in exchange for access to healthcare in the O+ Artists’ Clinic. 

Not a muralist? Still want to participate in an arts-related program or installation? Please submit your proposal here!

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Contact information (name, email address, phone number, physical address)
  • Five images of past work demonstrating a creative approach that aligns with your proposal
  • Written statement describing your mural concept as well as a plan for community engagement in mural design and creation (min. 100 words)
  • Illustration(s) or digital mockup of proposed mural concept
  • Written statement as to why you want to participate in the O+ North Adams Festival (min. 50 words)
  • Short bio/artist profile (50-100 words—if selected, this information will be used for press and promotion, examples here)
  • Current CV (or resume) and artist statement, highlighting qualifications relevant to social practice as well as mural design/public art (optional)
  • Website and social media links (optional)

ELIGIBILITY  

This call is open to all artists or artist teams, however, please note that priority will be given to local artists living within 60 miles of North Adams, MA and/or those who have demonstrated experience in managing a creative community project.

PARTICIPATION DETAILS

If accepted, (weather permitting) artists are expected to complete their mural one to two weeks in advance of the festival. The North Adams O+ Festival is able to provide the artists with access to the wellness clinic, housing during the week-long/two week stay, a per diem for meals, donated paint from Golden, a $500 stipend, access to the festival and free meals from the green room. 

Please note: The mission of the festival is to deliver care to participating artists and musicians in the Artists' Clinic. We strongly encourage any applicant to consider whether going to the clinic is something they will be motivated to do before applying. Why? Read more about O+ and its mission here

TIMELINE

Call for mural proposals: November 15, 2018-January 5, 2019

Review submissions: January 6-19, 2019

Notification of selected artists/proposals: January 23, 2019

Artists confirm participation: February 6, 2019

Final design due*: March 1, 2019

Begin creating murals: April 28, 2019

O+ Festival (access to wellness clinic): May 10-11, 2019

*We are currently in the process of selecting and securing available walls for this years festival. Upon acceptance, invited mural artists will be provided with their wall information including images, surface type, any restrictions, and dimensions. Final designs should reflect building scale and wall dimensions. 

ABOUT THE SELECTION COMMITTEE

The North Adams O+ Art Committee is made up of four members: Ashley Strazzinski, Glenda Matos-Carter, Julia Dixon, and Michelle Daly. More information about the O+ team can be found here.

Questions? Email Ashley Strazzinski at astrazzinski@opositivefestival.org.

We eagerly anticipate your submissions!  

Positively, 

The O+ NORTH ADAMS Art Committee


HAVE QUESTIONS? Want to participate, volunteer, and/or support O+ North Adams in other ways? Email us! northadams@opositivefestival.org

O+ creates public artworks with the community to bring beauty and positivity to our neighbors and everyone who passes through North Adams.

Thank you for your interest in having 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. However, murals still 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.

On average each mural costs $5,000-$10,000 to produce. To give you an idea of how that breaks down, here are some expenses:

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.


Artists' Skill and Labor

Artists provide their services in exchange for access to our medical and dental clinic. Those chosen to install artwork or perform a music show during the festival will receive access to the complimentary health and wellness Artists' Clinic, staffed with providers from Berkshire County and Berkshire Health Systems. The long term impact of the festival is most directly manifested through the legacy of the work artists create. While they will only be painting for a week or two - the work will be enjoyed by all of us for years to come.


Lifts and Lights

We want our artists to work in the best and safest conditions. To do so, we need to provide them with lights, scaffolding, and lifts. 


Insurance

O+ provides liability insurance for each mural, which protects your wall as well as the artist who is creating the work.


Travel Lodging and Food

We need to get the artist here, provide a place to sleep, and keep them well fed and hydrated.

Please note: O+ murals are curated, not commissioned works of art. If your wall is selected, the North Adams O+ Art Committee will work with both the artists and the building owners to ensure a complementary pairing of art and artist with property owner and wall. Property owners will be asked to sign an agreement which states they will endeavor to maintain the mural for a minimum of 3 years, unless there are extenuating circumstances.

If selected, your building/business and the mural will be featured on a printed (and digital) mural map and will also be included in educational materials. 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.

If you have questions or would like participate or volunteer in the O+ exchange in other ways (in addition to providing a wall), let us know. Please email Ashley Strazzinski, Art Director, North Adams at: astrazzinski@opositivefestival.org.

Thank YO+U!

EXPLO+RE is an opportunity for the public who have festival wristbands to try offerings related to mindfullness, yoga, meditation, fitness classes, bicycling, organized walks, and more. If you would like to introduce the public to a related offering that you have during the O+ N. Adams festival (May 10 and 11, 2019) and be part of this programming, please fill out this form.
 

Ends on January 5, 2019

O+ NORTH ADAMS is now accepting submissions 

for its inaugural festival (May 10-11, 2019)


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.


Bands, solo performers, ensembles, multimedia artists and those specializing in sound installation are encouraged to submit. 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 January. In our first year, we expect to receive a large number of submissions for a maximum of just fifteen available performance slots, so we ask for your patience and understanding, should you not be selected for this year's festival. We eagerly await your submissions and thank you for your support!


Positively,

The 2019 O+ NORTH ADAMS Music Committee

We pride ourselves on engaging local and regional volunteers who deeply care about the mission of O+ and want to help bring it to life. 


Thank you so much for giving us your time, energy, and love. This couldn't happen without you. 

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!

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 and a half 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!
We'll feed you the day(s) of your shift(s) in our Green Room and don you with your own O+ tee 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 NO+rth Adams Wellness Team

O+ Festivals