By exchanging the art of medicine for the medicine of art, O+ (pronounced O Positive) empowers communities to take control of their collective wellbeing. O+ curators select a theme and request artists’ proposals to make large-scale murals as well as sculpture, site-specific installation, film, theater and performance in public spaces during O+ festival weekends. Accepted artists receive complimentary health and wellness care from volunteer providers during the festival in exchange for their creative gifts.

O+ KINGSTON is now accepting submissions for its 2018 festival (October 5-7) from visual artists to transform the city into a site-specific public art experience. O+ juxtaposes the historic architecture of the Stockade District, the Midtown Arts District, and the Rondout waterfront with compelling and thought-provoking contemporary artwork. This year’s theme is SHADO+W.

What can we learn by examining SHADO+W?  What beauty exists in the darkness cast?  What needs to be seen?

Powerful yet immaterial, shadow describes that which is obscured from the light.  Shadow is visible but it cannot be grasped.  Ever shifting in relation to the source of light, shadow dances, elusive and beguiling. 

Are we living in shadow times?

What does it mean to live in the shadow of something, someone …?

Solar and lunar eclipses exemplify the power and impact potential of shadow.

Shadow tells us where the light is.

What lurks in the shadows?  

Shadow is a teacher, reporting a version of what is true.

The sundial marks time in shadow. 

Shadow can exaggerate and distort.

Shadow is mysterious.

To shadow is to follow closely.

By highlighting shadow we hope to gain a fuller understanding, illuminating the rich material and medicine in the fertile depths.  

ACCEPTED artists will be invited to share their project at this year’s festival in exchange for access to care in the O+ Artists’ Clinic (click HERE for detailed information on our mission and the health and wellness services provided at last year’s festival).

A note to O+ Art Alumni:  if you have made work for O+ KINGSTON within the past 2 years, we will happily review and consider your submission, but the art committee may give priority to submissions from artists who are new to the festival.

We eagerly anticipate your submissions! 


The O+ KINGSTON Art Committee