Compassion Arts Festival 2018

Painting “Crossing Over” by Janell O'Rourke

Painting “Crossing Over” by Janell O'Rourke

Painting “Woman Talking with Crow” by Linda G. Fisher

Painting “Woman Talking with Crow” by Linda G. Fisher


A Compassion Arts Concert to Benefit Maple Farm Sanctuary

Monday 10/22/18, 7:30-10pm
Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Harris Street, Framingham, MA

Compassion Arts Festival 2018 opens its 4th year with an evening of original music and theatre in two parts. The Rattle & the Thunder starts the night off with a concert of songs from an exciting new musical by Compassion Arts with performances by an ensemble of both established and emerging artists. Part Two of the event features a special presentation by NYC recording artist/composer/musician Michael Harren performing his acclaimed multi-media one-person theatre piece The Animal Show, accompanied by string quartet. The evening will be emceed by WCUW’s Marlene Narrow, host of Vegan Nation radio. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit Maple Farm Sanctuary, a non-profit organization for rescued animals and humane education.

Michael Harren “The Animal Show”

Michael Harren “The Animal Show”

Tickets go on sale September 21st - $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

This event is made possible by the generous contributions of time and talent from participating artists, event sponsors, Two Trick Pony, Vegan Nation, volunteers from Maple Farm Sanctuary and support from the Culture and Animals Foundation.





The Last Pig with Allison Argo

Tuesday, 10/23/18, 7 :00-9:00pm
Kendall Square Landmark Theater
One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

Six-time Emmy award winning filmmaker, writer, producer, director, and animal advocate Allison Argo is this year’s festival’s honored guest with a screening of The Last Pig; a thought-provoking documentary and lyrical meditation that follows the seminal year in the life of a pig farmer who journeys beyond the slaughterhouse. Deeply immersive, The Last Pig raises crucial questions about equality, the value of compassion and the sanctity of life through the soul bearing narrative of one man’s personal story.

The film will be followed by a talk by director Allison Argo. A filmmaker for two decades of over 20 compelling works, Allison Argo has been honored in 100 awards internationally for her work to inspire understanding and compassion for the animals we share the planet with; using the lens of her empathy and artistry to tell their stories. Ms. Argo is this year’s honoree of Compassion Arts Festival’s first “Artists for Ahimsa” award, for devotion in artistry to compassion for animals and nature, to be presented by artist/curator Jane O’Hara.

Tickets go on sale September 7th - $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

This event is made possible by a grant from Veg Fund, the time and talent of Argo Films, as well as the partnering volunteer support of Boston Vegetarian Society and Maple Farm Sanctuary.



Painting “Embracing Peace” by Linda G. Fisher

Painting “Embracing Peace” by Linda G. Fisher

Bella and the Eclipse

Thursday 10/25 /18
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Donald Vincent  (aka Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series) performs his poems at the Compassion Arts & Culture and Animals Festival, October 22, 2017. Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur

Donald Vincent (aka Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series) performs his poems at the Compassion Arts & Culture and Animals Festival, October 22, 2017. Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur

Vegan Paradise with Mr. Hip

Friday 10/26/18
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Creating a Compassionate World - POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER

We apologize for any inconvenience but due to severe weather we will be rescheduling this event. Please check back for the new date soon.

Saturday, 10/27/18, 1:00-4:00pm
Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center
Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary
414 Massasoit Road, Worcester, MA

Come and be inspired in an afternoon at Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook nature sanctuary, where Compassion Arts will close the festival with a sharing and listening event about creative alchemy and community for peaceful transformation. The afternoon will host talks from people using their work and their lives as a candle for inspiring holistic nonviolence and respect for animals (human and non-human) and the Earth. Local heroes such as educators, animal rescuers, environmental advocates, healing arts facilitators, creative artists, spiritual leaders, culinary artists and others will talk about their work and their vision for creating “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.” Guest presenters will include New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, World Peace Diet facilitators, The Vegans Nest, and many more to be announced.

This event is free.


Celebrating Compassion in the Culinary Arts

Join us in sharing in a celebration of vision and compassion in the vegan culinary arts. We are thrilled to be an exhibitor at the Boston Veg Food Festival on 10/20 or 10/21. We won’t have food at our booth, but we will be surrounded by inspiring creative vegan companies with products and delicious treats to sample and enjoy. If you stop by on 10/21, please visit the auditorium and catch our Compassion Arts talk “You Art What You Eat: The Arts, Animals, and Vegan Transformation” featuring artist/curator Jane O’Hara, composer/musician Michael Harren, poet/spoken word artist Donald Vincent, Compassion Arts founder/director Ellie Sarty and Food Chain friends.  Thank you to BVFF for presenting this amazing festival every year!