Through the exchange of art and music for medicine, O+ empowers communities to take control of their collective wellbeing. 

O+ has a new Clinic and multi-use space at 36 St. James Street and we are inviting art, music, and wellness alumni to use it in an ongoing effort to support creative and wellness practitioners. 

The concept is similar to the festival exchange: by offering your skills (which could look like offering workshops, services, artwork, or performances), you also have the opportunity to access a variety of services (dental and primary care, massage, acupuncture, etc. ) throughout the year. As our exchange network grows, so will the array of offerings that can be shared. 

Please take a moment to respond to our questions so that we have an understanding of how you would like to use our space. Someone will respond to you after we have received your request.

Thanks!

O+ 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.

Volunteers are essential to the success of the festival and yearround programming through which that exchange is made possible.

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. In recognition of your service, we offer volunteers the opportunity to receive healthcare services in our clinic during the festival. For 8 hours of volunteer service, you will receive the annual festival volunteer T-shirt as well as (1) clinic visit of your choice. For 4 hours of volunteer service, you will receive an annual festival volunteer T-shirt. 

We expect our volunteers to show up on time and participate for the duration of their shift. All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation prior to the festival (date options coming soon) and there will be an additional 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 and for your support of the exchange of art, music and wellness at the center of our mission. 


HO+USING for the 2024 O+ FESTIVAL KINGSTON 

HO+using for artists and musicians is needed to support the 14th Annual O+ Festival returning to Kingston October 11-13th, 2024. 

Do you have a spare room in your home? Do you have a second home or apartment in town? Or a really comfortable couch, a finished basement, a yard that is perfect for camping in, or an RV in your driveway? Are you a hotel, B&B or apartment building manager who would like to offer a room or two or ten to support a local arts non-profit organization through an in-kind donation? 

The O+ Festival is seeking accommodations for artists and musicians who will be performing, exhibiting, producing and activating the City of Kingston during the 14th Annual O+ Festival October 11-13th, 2024. 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.

The ability to provide safe, welcoming, local housing for participating artists and musicians, at low to no cost, is essential to the success of O+ Festival Kingston. Artists and musicians may need one night of accommodation following their performance, activation or installation of their work. They may need two to three nights of housing to allow them to participate and also attend the festival. And we also have mural artists who will need to be housed for 5-14 days depending on the scale and complexity of the mural they are producing. 

By providing artists/musicians with a place to stay while they offer their talents and that joy to our community, you contribute to the health of the festival but also their sense of connection to our community. That said, providing housing for O+ Festival participants does not mean that you need to "host" them. We do not have the expectation that artists and musicians would be fed or entertained through housing that is offered. We do expect that both you and the person/people staying in your home are respectful of each other, safe during their stay and are in communication about any issues or concerns. 

All housing offers will be reviewed and a staff member will follow up with any further questions or concerns to ensure that any placement in your home is in-line with the accommodation offered, needs of the artist/musician and will be as positive of a fit as possible. 

Click HERE to learn more about O+ Festival. You can expect to be notified regarding your accommodation by early September. If you are also interested in volunteering in exchange for a clinic visit (minimum 8 hour requirement) please click HERE.

Thank you for your interest in O+ Festival, our mission and for your willingness to open your home to artists and musicians. 

Positively,
The O+ Team

Please do not let any barriers, personal, perceived or technical, get in the way of connecting to O+. Please reach out to us for assistance if you need support of any kind. Contact info@opositivefestival.org for assistance or call/text 845-481-9146.

If you are a practitioner and are interested exchanging the art of medicine for the medicine of art, please join the team of providers in the O+ Festival Clinic. In exchange for 4 hours of service in our Artists' Clinic, you'll have access to the entire festival- a weekend 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 clinic shirt, a wellness bag full of locally curated gifts, a wristband for the weekend's festivities, access to the Greenroom, a meaningful connection with our creative community and our gratitude forever.

By offering your services in the O+ Clinic, you will be caring for artists and musicians who are chronically un- and under-insured in a friendly and casual setting free of the bureaucracy of institutions. We welcome folks who value the healing power of art and music as well as the power of working in community. 

The O+ Clinic welcomes ALL health and wellness providers from all schools of thought, areas of medicine and all alternative and complimentary care practices. We believe that wellness includes mind, body, spirit and connectedness. The O+ Artists’ Clinic is curated each year by the Wellness Team to ensure diverse, expansive offerings to meet as many needs as possible. Providers will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the open submission period. Please indicate your preferred shifts by checking the boxes next to the days we have listed. Assigned work shifts, orientation sessions and information will be communicated upon invitation to participate. 

If you have any questions about this process, please e-mail clinic@opositivefestival.org.
Stay PO+sitive,
The KingstO+n Wellness Team

What is the BLO+ck Party at O+ Festival?
   Since 2013, O+ Festival has hosted an ExpO+ to highlight local healthcare providers, makers of wellness products and community groups to allow them to engage directly with the 3,500 - 4,500 attendees that converge in Kingston for the festival weekend. For 2024, we’re expanding upon that vision to create an afternoon street fair with vendors, food, music, performances and family activities to create an atmosphere of fun around the wellness screenings and info tabling.

The BlO+ck Party will take place this year on Saturday, October 12th from 1:00 - 6:00pm in Uptown Kingston on Wall Street between Main Street and John Street. The street will be closed off for foot traffic only. Set-up is between 10:00am-12:30pm and breakdown between 6:00-7:30pm The ExpO+ is free to all attendees, regardless if they have purchased a ticket to the O+ Festival. 

Our goal is to connect folks to resources that support their wellness in a myriad of ways, from enhancing awareness to direct care, to information on youth services, mental health, delicious food and healthy NA drinks, crafts and wellness products, and connection through community interaction and activities 

Who can apply?

  • Health, wellness or recovery-based organizations
  • Providers who can offer preventative healthcare information or screenings to the public
  • Organization, groups or individuals wishing to table about wellness, nutrition or empowerment
  • Family friendly activities (ie. Clothing or book swaps, games, performances, photo booths..)
  • Community partners wishing to engage with public
  • Vendors: 
  •  Wellness-based products
  • Hot food & drinks (non-alcoholic)
  • Artisans/Crafts
  • Vintage

We do not support the presence of any political candidates or parties at BLO+ck party but welcome those who can share information, insights, and empowerment opportunities in an issue-focused manner.*

Please fill out the form below with information about your services, organization and/or brand, as well as what you propose for your booth setup and/or activity. 

Have questions? Please email blockparty@opositivefestival.org


What happens next?
             Once we've received your submission, we will confirm whether or not we are able to extend an invitation to you to participate in this year's BLO+ck Party*. We will then follow with additional details regarding time, space, load in/out, etc. 

Please note: Non-profits and providers are invited to table for free, but vendors who will be selling will be charged a $50 vending fee which will cover the costs of the permit from the city and they will need to fill out corresponding paperwork. BLO+ck Party participants also receive 2 wristbands to access the entire O+ weekend which can be picked up early on Friday if desired. 

Thank you for your interest in contributing to this annual celebration of art, music and wellness and for supporting wellbeing within our community in all forms! 

Be well,
              The O+ Wellness & Partnership Team


              *O+ reserves the right to deny participation in the BLO+ck Party to any group, provider, brand or organization that does not reflect our community or the values of the organization.
 

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