The inaugural O+ Poughkeepsie, a festival of art, music and wellness, takes place Aug. 5 on the block of Main Street between Academy and Market streets. Participating visual artists and musicians will receive complimentary health and wellness care from art-loving volunteer providers.
The lead sponsor is WMC Health and confirmed partners include: Changepoint Church (pop-up wellness clinic site), Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Arts Mid-Hudson, Institute for Family Health, Hudson River Health Care and The City of Poughkeepsie.
Corene Concepcion-Rivera has been named festival director of O+ Poughkeepsie. Poet Gold, the 2017 Dutchess County Poet Laureate, will serve as the festival’s music coordinator.
MidHudson Regional Hospital will host a Wellness EXPO+ for the community during O+ Poughkeepsie.
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Poughkeepsie is the second O+ Festival to take place in the Hudson Valley. The eighth O+ Kingston, where the national nonprofit O+ Festival is headquartered, takes place Oct. 6-8.
The nonprofit’s first festival of 2017 is the inaugural O+ Haverhill, which takes place in Haverhill, Mass., on May 6.
O+ Festivals have previously been celebrated in San Francisco, Petaluma, Calif., Chicago and The Bronx.