Be inclusive

Anyone may be a part of the OKF.  No prerequisites exist for participation.

Limited commodification

In order to preserve the spirit of gifting and skill sharing (most events are free), the OKF seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising by a for-profit organization. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

Encourage reduction and re-use

Strive for activities that leave no carbon footprint. Avoid projects that generate plastics that will end up in the landfills. When possible, encourage participatory ecology and education.


The OKF is a many headed hydra, managed by only two heads (Kate’s and Rod’s). For this reason it is important to be self reliant and self sufficient--bring your own extension cords, tents if you have them, signage, tools, etc. Test your event the day before the OKF to make sure you have everything you need, plus some spares.


The OKF works well with good communication, and projects are compromised terribly when there is not communication. For this to work, it is important to send communications (email, phone, etc.) and also respond quickly. Also, it is important to communicate, with respect, with your neighbors on the OKF site.

Unique Self-expression

Use the motto: look at what everyone else is doing, and then do something different--sameness is not a guideline of the OKF.

Communal Effort

The OKF values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction. When a neighbor needs a hand, please lend it.

You and Your Needs

If you need access to things like water or electricity while at the festival please let us know well in advance.  These are available but in limited locations so placement is important. Also, communicate early your needs in regards to tables, chairs, tents, etc. so that everyone has what they require to have the best experience possible.  Food and drinks are available for sale at the festival.


Although we hate to even mention it, there is always the chance with an outdoor festival in April that it may rain.  A little rain will just be tolerated.  Torrential rain will necessitate moving the festival activities inside Millett Hall.  Please think this through ahead of time and have a plan in place for the indoors version of your project. The weather in April in the Midwest is unpredictable.  Encourage those in your charge to wear layers and sunscreen. 

Civic Responsibility

The OKF values civil society. participants who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Leaving No Trace

The OKF respects the environment, and we also want to be able to come back to the site every year. Please be committed to leaving no physical trace of your activities. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them. Due to regulations of the site projects cannot involve digging of holes, removal of turf, painting of ground / grass, cutting of trees, or anything that will be attached to a building.

Show up early and be practiced

If you are providing an event, food truck, participatory program, theme camp, etc, make sure that you are physically on site, ready, and practiced before your event/sales begins. We ask that all vehicles other than food trucks be off the site and in parking lots by 11:00 and that folks are ready to go with their booth or activity by 11:30.


The OKF is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.