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KINGSTON, N.Y. - Going through Kingston this weekend you may notice signs like these,
marking the start of the 4th annual O+ festival.
"We have many venues through Wall Street and throughout the Stockade District." O+ Festival Co-Founder Alexandra Marvar said.
Venues that feature music, from rock to folk, and murals more than 3 stories high.
“It’s just a fantastic community center of revelry and there’s so much great music and art," said Marvar.
The festival is not only designed to show off artist’s work, but it's also meant to improve their health.
“A lot of people don’t know anything about the Affordable Care Act so I’m explaining things like Medicaid and subsidies and the fact you have to be insured by January 1st,” said Eastern Region Health Director Renata Marinaro.
Proceeds from the event goes toward free healthcare and information for the artists who for the most part, according to registered nurse and volunteer Mariah Bishop, don’t have any.
“I have a lot of friends who are artists and musicians and many of them don’t have healthcare coverage," Bishop said.
Musician Eric Krans didn't have health insurance at one time and says it's very common thing, especially in his band.
“A number of the members of our band got free healthcare and it was a very powerful thing
because a couple of them had some serious issues that they got checked out," Krans said.