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.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.