Compassion Arts Festival 2018



A Compassion Arts Concert to Benefit Maple Farm Sanctuary

Monday 10/22/18, 7:30-10pm
Amazing Things Art Center

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.


Tickets go on sale Sept 1st. Click here 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 Theatre

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 Sept. 1st. Click here 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.




Bella and the Eclipse

Thursday 10/25 /18
Details To Be Announced soon…





WeToo: Women Artists for Animals

Friday 10/26/18
An Online Event To Be Announced soon…





CREATIVE ALCHEMY & COMMUNITY ( Images #9, #10, #11)


Creating a Compassionate World

Saturday, 10/27/18, 1:00-4:00pm
Broad Meadow Brook Program Center

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 University of the Wild, 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!