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Over Columbus Day weekend in October, the second annual O+ Festival took place in Uptown Kingston. The event is the brainchild of a group of artists and medical practitioners who wanted to create a barter system for musicians and artists (two groups generally without health insurance) to receive health care. Over 100 musicians performed at the festival, from rockers Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea to avant-garde composer Pauline Oliveros. Visual artists also contributed work to O+, mostly in the form of paste-up paper versions of their work, which were plastered onto building exteriors across the streetscapes of Uptown Kingston. (Despite ongoing heavy rains, much of the paste-ups are still in viewable condition.) The photos on the previous spread are a small sampling of O+’s ephemeral guerilla public art project.

While the bands played, doctors, dentists, nurses, chiropractors, massage therapists, and other practitioners provided 272 total hours of free health care to 120 artists, musicians, and volunteers in a temporary clinic. A total of $42,500 worth of care was delivered, from dental fillings to acupuncture treatments. Patients were also offered an opportunity to register for care from the Institute for Family Health, which has residency programs in Kingston and Brooklyn, and offers ongoing care on a sliding scale.

For more information about the O Positive Festival: www.opositivefestival.org.
































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"O+ Horde," featuring Jason Sebastian Russo, Paul Heath, Jon Edelhuber, Joe Concra. - ROY GUMPEL
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  • "O+ Horde," featuring Jason Sebastian Russo, Paul Heath, Jon Edelhuber, Joe Concra.
"Paper Airplane" by Joe Concra - ROY GUMPEL
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  • "Paper Airplane" by Joe Concra
"Sniper" by Denise Orzo; still from cut paper stop animation video Money Talks, Tona Wilson. - ROY GUMPEL
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  • "Sniper" by Denise Orzo; still from cut paper stop animation video Money Talks, Tona Wilson.
Still from cut paper stop animation video "Money Talks," Tona Wilson. - ROY GUMPEL
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  • Still from cut paper stop animation video "Money Talks," Tona Wilson.
"Please Share," by Zed Lucienne. - ROY GUMPEL
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  • "Please Share," by Zed Lucienne.
Girl with balloons by YEAAAH!!!. - ROY GUMPEL
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  • Girl with balloons by YEAAAH!!!.
By Samson Contompasis - ROY GUMPEL
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  • By Samson Contompasis
By Denise Orzo - ROY GUMPEL
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  • By Denise Orzo
By Geddes Jones Paulsen and Raudiel Sanudo. - ROY GUMPEL
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  • By Geddes Jones Paulsen and Raudiel Sanudo.
Skulls by Mike Egan and shoe by Kevin Paulsen. - ROY GUMPEL
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  • Skulls by Mike Egan and shoe by Kevin Paulsen.
"Fu Dog" by Bill Dunlap. - ROY GUMPEL
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  • "Fu Dog" by Bill Dunlap.
"Couple Feeding" by Giselle Potter - ROY GUMPEL
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  • "Couple Feeding" by Giselle Potter
"Bird and Tires" by Derrick McNab - ROY GUMPEL
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  • "Bird and Tires" by Derrick McNab

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