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.
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.
- $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+