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!


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.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.