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

O+ FESTIVAL KINGSTON 2022

October 7-9, 2022

Submissions for our 12th Annual O+ Festival are now open!

Applications Open April 8th, 2022

All submissions due by May 22nd, 2022 at 11:59p.m.

The O+ Festival is a celebration of art, music and wellness that creates a bridge to accessing 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 physical, mental and social well-being by connecting visual artists and musicians directly with a coalition of healthcare and wellness providers and 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.

O+ Festival Kingston is now accepting submissions from artists of all mediums and modalities - from 2D or 3D visual art, large-scale murals, sculpture, temporal work,  installation, film, animation, projections, theater, dance and performance in public spaces- to transform the city into a public art experience. The O+ Art Committee aims to curate work that contributes to or reflects the meaningful juxtaposition between Kingston’s dynamic, multicultural neighborhood communities and compelling, radical, relevant contemporary artwork. O+ Festival builds its program around a new theme each year and we invite artists to respond to the theme in their proposals.

The O+ Festival will return to Kingston, NY October 7-9, 2022 for the 12th annual celebration of the exchange at the heart of what we do: exchanging the art of medicine for the medicine of art. As everyone imagines a “new normal” after the extraordinary last two years, we ask our community to envision where we are going together.

The theme of the 2022 O+ Festival is SO+mewhere.

The term Somewhere is defined by Merriam Webster as: in, at, from, or to a place unknown or unspecified, to a place symbolizing positive accomplishment or progress,  in the vicinity of, or an undetermined or unnamed place. We welcome our community to join us in imagining what “Somewhere” can look like, feel like, where we are going and what we build together.

Somewhere is an imagined utopia, a place of refuge, a place free of the confines of antiquated structures or arbitrary boundaries. Somewhere is a place we go in our memories of the past, it is being present in the present, and it is a future moment not yet relegated to history. Somewhere is pink neon in the sky, a Stephen Sondheim song, a place we have never been and a place we discover along the way. Somewhere is where we lost or left things along the way, it is a future home not yet found, it is searching, seeking, striving. Somewhere is possibility. It is where we find hope, direction and the inevitability that change is the only constant.

Additional information and reflections on the theme SO+MEWHERE can be found HERE. We look forward to seeing and hearing your interpretations of this theme and to reviewing your work through the lens of all of its meanings.

All submissions will be reviewed, and the festival art program will be curated, by the O+ Art Committee - a group of alumni, practitioners, industry professionals, etc. representing different practices, identities and perspectives. Accepted submissions will be invited to participate at this year’s festival in exchange for access to care in the O+ Artists’ Clinic.

Please remember that the festival takes place in traditional and non-conventional venues, both indoor and out. While there will be opportunities for more traditionally exhibited work we strongly encourage submissions that are site specific, nomadic or amenable to non-traditional/outdoor exhibition, installation or performance spaces.

*Work that is a collaboration or hybrid between visual art/movement and music or art/wellness may choose to submit in either category. Please do not submit in both categories.

Click HERE for detailed information on our mission. You can expect to be notified regarding your submission by late June. This year, we expect to receive hundreds of submissions for a finite number of artist slots. Capacity is determined, in large part, by the amount of care we are able to provide at our clinic during the festival weekend. We ask for your patience and understanding should your submission not be accepted for this year and encourage all who are not chosen for O+ Festival 2022 to reapply next year.

A general note and message to O+ Art Alumni: 2022 marks our 12th festival year in Kingston - an unbelievable achievement, made possible by the commitment and ongoing work of this community, its artists, musicians, health care providers, volunteers & festival attendees. We may give lower priority to artists who participated in the previous three O+ Kingston Festivals, though we encourage all to apply. As our mission is centered in cultivating a diverse community of artists to whom we are offering access to healthcare, we want to make sure we reach those who have yet to participate and may have a need to acquire care.

We are currently expanding our art programming towards a year-round model, as we are constantly looking for new ways provide care to artists. 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+. We thank you in advance for your understanding. It is our hope to maintain a connection with alumni and cultivate new relationships with artists not yet in our community.

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 2022 O+ KINGSTON Art 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.

O+ FESTIVAL KINGSTON 2022

October 7-9, 2022

Submissions for our 12th Annual O+ Festival are now open!

Applications Open April 8, 2022

All submissions due by May 22nd, 2022 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 physical, mental and social well-being by connecting visual artists and musicians directly with a coalition of healthcare and wellness providers and 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.

Bands, solo artists, ensembles, multimedia artists and those who specialize in sound installation are encouraged to submit (please note: we do NOT generally book cover bands). If your submission includes a new work/installation/etc., you'll have an opportunity to submit a more detailed proposal in the form that follows. Proposals for new works, installations and/or inter-disciplinary submissions should be informed by this year's festival theme, which is SO+MEWHERE

There's a place for us, Somewhere a place for us.
Peace and quiet and open air, Wait for us, somewhere.
There's a time for us, Some day a time for us, Time together with time to spare,
Time to learn, time to care. Some day, Somewhere, We'll find a new way of living…” 

~ Stephen Sondheim

For years, Somewhere Alley was an essential element of O+ Festival’s programming; a place that was unexpected, intimate and where innumerable memories and connections were made. Marked by a neon sign made by local artist Erika DeVries, Somewhere Alley was a tunnel behind BSP marked with graffiti writing and bands playing pop-ups for those who stumbled upon it. While the community now grieves the loss of beloved venues like BSP, and we respond to change in our communities, the surprise, wonder, weirdness and joy brought by experiences like Somewhere Alley are being carried into O+’s future… somewhere.

Additional information and reflections on the theme SO+MEWHERE can be found HERE. We look forward to seeing and hearing your interpretations of this theme and to reviewing your work through the lens of all of its meanings.

All submissions will be reviewed, and the festival music program will be curated by the O+ Music Committee -- a group of alumni, musicians, industry professionals, etc. representing different genres, identities and perspectives. Accepted submissions will be invited to perform at this year’s festival in exchange for access to care in the O+ Artists’ Clinic. Performances take place in a combination of traditional and non-traditional venues, both indoor and outdoor. We encourage music submissions that are site specific, nomadic, mobile, unplugged, or those that prefer a typical staged production. ALL genres and forms of music or sound pieces are welcome. 

*Work that is a collaboration or hybrid between visual art/movement and music or music and wellness may choose to submit in either category. Please do not submit in both categories.

Click HERE for detailed information about our mission. You can expect to be notified regarding your submission by late June. This year, we expect to receive hundreds of music/sound submissions for a very finite number of performance slots. Capacity is determined, in large part, by the amount of care we are able to provide at our clinic during the festival weekend. We ask for your patience and understanding should your submission not be accepted for this year and encourage all who are not chosen for O+ Festival 2022 to reapply next year.

A general note and message to O+ Music Alumni: 2022 marks our 12th festival year in Kingston - an unbelievable achievement, made possible by the commitment and ongoing work of this community, its artists, musicians, health care providers, volunteers & festival attendees. We may give lower priority to acts who performed at O+ Kingston in previous three festivals, though we encourage all to apply. As our mission is centered in cultivating a diverse community of musicians to whom we are offering access to healthcare, we hope to bring as many artists into our community as we can.

We are currently expanding our music programming towards a more year-round model, as we are constantly looking for new ways provide care to musicians through that channel. 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+. We thank you in advance for your understanding. It is our hope to maintain a connection with alumni and cultivate new relationships with musicians.

If you're interested in volunteering in exchange for a clinic visit (minimum 8 hour requirement to qualify for clinic) 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 2022 O+ Kingston Music Committee

Questions or difficulties completing the submission form?

* Don't 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. 

Please contact info@opositivefestival.org for assistance.

O+ FESTIVAL KINGSTON 2022

October 7-9, 2022

Submissions for our 12th Annual O+ Festival are now open!

Applications Open April 8th, 2022

All submissions due by Sunday May 22nd, 2022 at 11:59p.m.

The O+ Festival is a celebration of art, music and wellness that creates a bridge to accessing 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 physical, mental and social well-being by connecting visual artists and musicians directly with a coalition of healthcare and wellness providers and 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.

O+ Festival Kingston is now accepting submissions from writers, performers, spoken word artists, poets, activists, advocates, and everyone in between for the annual Literary SalO+n. We welcome folks of all ages and levels of experience to read, recite, perform, sing, sign, speak words of all forms, languages and genres. We call annual gathering around the written/spoken word the Literary SalO+n because it’s not a collection of works so much as meeting of minds, voices and perspectives around an experience. We strongly encourage, and may prioritize, original work but are also open to found text, dramatic interpretations, etc. We expect those submitting to provide appropriate and thorough credit for all text that is not your own.

O+ aims to curate work that contributes to or reflects the meaningful juxtaposition between Kingston’s dynamic, multicultural neighborhood communities and compelling, radical, relevant contemporary work in all forms. O+ Festival builds its program around a new theme each year and we invite artists, musicians, instructors and writers to respond to the theme in their proposals.

The O+ Festival will return to Kingston, NY October 7-9, 2022 for the 12th annual celebration of the exchange at the heart of what we do: exchanging the art of medicine for the medicine of art. As everyone imagines a “new normal” after the extraordinary last two years, we ask our community to envision where we are going together.

The theme of the 2022 O+ Festival is SO+mewhere.

The term Somewhere is defined by Merriam Webster as: in, at, from, or to a place unknown or unspecified, to a place symbolizing positive accomplishment or progress,  in the vicinity of, or an undetermined or unnamed place. We welcome our community to join us in imagining what “Somewhere” can look like, feel like, where we are going and what we build together.

Somewhere is an imagined utopia, a place of refuge, a place free of the confines of antiquated structures or arbitrary boundaries. Somewhere is a place we go in our memories of the past, it is being present in the present, and it is a future moment not yet relegated to history. Somewhere is pink neon in the sky, a Stephen Sondheim song, a place we have never been and a place we discover along the way. Somewhere is where we lost or left things along the way, it is a future home not yet found, it is searching, seeking, striving. Somewhere is possibility. It is where we find hope, direction and the inevitability that change is the only constant.

Additional information and reflections on the theme SO+MEWHERE can be found HERE. We look forward to seeing and hearing your interpretations of this theme and to reviewing your work through the lens of all of its meanings.

All submissions will be reviewed, and the festival Literary SalO+n will be curated, by the Literary Committee - a duo of SalO+n Alum representing different practices, identities and perspectives. 

*Work that is a collaboration or hybrid between the written word and art, music or wellness should only be submitted in one category. 

Click HERE for detailed information on our mission. You can expect to be notified regarding your submission by early . Capacity will be limited to 8-10 participants due to the duration of the Literary SalO+n. We ask for your patience and understanding should your submission not be accepted for this year and encourage all who are not chosen for O+ Festival 2022 to reapply next year. We are looking forward to creating additional opportunities for writers in 

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 2022 O+ KINGSTON Literary 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.

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 eight hours of volunteer service, you will receive the annual festival volunteer T-shirt as well as (1) clinic visit of your choice. For four 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 2022 O+ FESTIVAL KINGSTON 

October 7-9, 2022

HO+using for artists and musicians is needed to support the 12th Annual O+ Festival.

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 12th Annual O+ Festival October 7-9, 2022. 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.

With the support of local building owners, O+ gifts public artworks to the community, bringing beauty and positivity to our neighbors and everyone who passes through Kingston.

Thank you for your interest in the O+ mural program. 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.  

Walls do cost thousands of dollars to produce. Because of this we ask you what you would like to do/are able to provide to offset this expense. It could be fiscal, but may also be something you or your business can provide the artist or O+ as an exchange. 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. 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. 

Some of the costs of mural production are listed below. These are NOT items you would be invoiced for. This is meant to give you a sense of the scope of production and help to guide/validate any fiscal or material support you are able to offer. Again, the mural program is not driven by capital and not being able to cover the costs listed below does NOT determine your eligibility for housing an O+ 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 (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!

In what ways are YOU able to participate in the exchange? Financial support may be a pressing need BUT remember if you can’t fully fund a mural production we encourage you to think outside the box and not be discouraged. We would love to learn more about you, see your wall and discuss mural program in more depth with you. 

Thank YO+U for supporting O+ 

O+ FESTIVAL KINGSTON 2022

October 7-9, 2022

12th Annual O+ Festival Submissions for our ExplO+re Wellness Sessions are now open!

Applications Open April 24th, 2022

All submissions due by June 19th, 2022 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 one hour long on average and include movement, mindfulness, nutrition and any other approach that supports health and wellbeing. For example, we have held sessions ranging from a gong bath to medical marijuana 101,  a somatic movement workshop or even a class based on  financial health. All are welcome to apply.

Please note that workshops will take place in both indoor and outdoor and/or non-conventional venues throughout the festival footprint.

The O+ Festival will return to Kingston, NY October 7-9, 2022 for the 12th annual celebration of the exchange at the heart of what we do: exchanging the art of medicine for the medicine of art. As everyone imagines a “new normal” after the extraordinary last two years, we ask our community to envision where we are going together.

The theme of the 2022 O+ Festival is SO+mewhere.

Somewhere is an imagined utopia, a place of refuge, a place free of the confines of antiquated structures or arbitrary boundaries. Somewhere is a place we go in our memories of the past, it is being present in the present, and it is a future moment not yet relegated to history. Somewhere is pink neon in the sky, a Stephen Sondheim song, a place we have never been and a place we discover along the way. Somewhere is where we lost or left things along the way, it is a future home not yet found, it is searching, seeking, striving. Somewhere is possibility. It is where we find hope, direction and the inevitability that change is the only constant. We welcome our community to join us in imagining what “Somewhere” can look like, feel like, where we are going and what we build together.

Additional information and reflections on the theme SO+MEWHERE can be found HERE. Submissions will be reviewed by the ExplO+re Committee - a group of alumni, practitioners, industry professionals, etc. representing different practices, identities and perspectives. 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 mid-July. If you aren’t accepted for this year’s festival, due to capacity or curation, 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 reviewing your submission!

Positively,

The 2022 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.

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 bureucracy 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. Please indicate your availability by checking the boxes next to the days we have listed. Specific times for your shifts, orientation sessions and information will be communicated upon invitation to participate. 

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

Stay PO+sitive,

The KingstO+n Wellness Team

O+ Festivals