Oct
21
to Oct 22

Compassion Arts & Culture and Animals Festival

  • Leonard Nimoy Theatre at Symphony Space (map)
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to benefit the Culture & Animals Foundation

Saturday, October 21st: 1:45pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, October 22nd: 1:45pm and 7:30pm

Compassion Arts Festival and the Culture & Animals Foundation present a weekend of song, artistry, discussion, film, and performances on our multifaceted relationships with the Earth and the animals with which we share it. All proceeds will go to the Culture & Animals Foundation, which provides grants for artists and scholars who wish to advance our understanding of and compassion for animals through intellectual and artistic expression.

“And the Hummingbird Says…” World Premiere by Mihoko Suzuki and Martin Rowe

“Reflections on Beasts of Burden” by Jane O’Hara with Joy Askew and Gretchen Primack

“Captive” Presentation and Book Launch by JoAnne McArthur and Martin Rowe

“The Animal Show” Performance by Michael Harren

Kedi Film Documentary

Ayten Alkan

The Art of Sunaura Taylor

Radhika Subramaniam

Donald Vincent

Ellie Sarty and Compassion Arts Special Guests TBA

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Oct
20
to Oct 22

Beasts of Burden: Our Complex Relationship with Animals

A  pop-up art exhibit curated by Jane O’Hara
Opening Reception:
Friday, October 20th from 5 - 8pm
Exhibit: Saturday and Sunday, October 21st and October 22nd from 11am – 6pm      

Animals have played an important yet complex role in our lives. Humans have hunted and bred animals for food, feared them as predators, revered them as spiritual beings, enlisted them as laborers, sacrificed them in scientific experiments, and prized them as pampered pets. Animals can be enlisted to fill the void in our lives where human interaction and connection to nature are inhibited. Their beauty and otherness have inspired multiple reactions—pure appreciation, the desire to own them, mold them, steal their horns and hides, and to train them to entertain us. In this group exhibit, curator and artist Jane O’Hara joins together the work of 15 artists collectively, to hold these contradictions. 

www.beastsofburden.org

 

 

 

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Oct
10
to Oct 24

Compassion Arts Festival Workshops

“The Stories of All of Us”

Tuesdays October 10th, 17th & 24th 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Doorways to Empathy Storytelling Workshop with Diane Esdgecomb
A Compassion Arts Project for Maple Farm Sanctuary (Mendon, MA)
This workshop is full. To sign up for waiting list email compassionartsfestival@gmail.com 

Compassion Arts Festival Workshops in NY at Woodstock Sanctuary TBA

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Nov
13
12:00 PM12:00

“Most Good” Book Study Workshop

A Program of Compassion Arts held at Unity of Central Mass

Neil Hornish, from the Institute for Humane Education, will lead an introductory workshop on the Zoe Weil book, Most Good Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life.

In this short book study, we will explore simple ways that we can be change we want to see in the world. We will discuss ways to work with the “Most Good” principles outlined in the book, for utilizing our daily lives, our talents, dreams and passions for creating a more compassionate world that works for all.

A delicious vegan lunch will be provided Noon-1pm for those attending, followed by the Book Study 1pm-3pm at Unity of Central Mass www.uccm.org.

Attendees must register in advance by emailing an RSVP to Compassion Arts CompassionArts@gmail.com.

 

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Oct
29
11:00 AM11:00

Compassion Arts Festival: Vegan Potluck & Presenters

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Mendon and Uxbridge (map)
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Our main “festival” event is a benefit for Maple Farm Sanctuary. It is a vegan potluck with an afternoon of presentations by speakers, artists and musicians that is being partnered with Maple Farm Sanctuary. As a very special feature of the afternoon, speaker Lewis Randa will present The Peace Abbey’s 2016 Courage of Conscience Award to Maple Farm Sanctuary’s co-founder and director, Cheri Vandersluis. For tickets, visit www.maplefarmsanctuary.org.

The Potluck will be served from 11am to 3pm. Presentations and speakers will be 12:30-4pm. 100% of this event's proceeds benefit Maple Farm Sanctuary.

SCHEDULE

12:30 – The Promise Is Hope (musical duo ) www.thepromiseishope.com
1:00 – Compassion Arts www.compassionarts.org
1:10 – Citizens for Farm Animal Protection www.citizensforfarmanimals.com
1:20 – Marlene Narrow, WCUW radio host of Vegan Nation www.wcuw.org
1:40 – Alfee Westgroves, WCUW host of Vegan Parenting Tips www.wcuw.org
2:00 – Videos: Reflections on Creativity for Change
2:20 – Donald Vincent poet, rapper, educator, founder Mr. Hip Presents www.mrhippresents.com
2:40 – Jane O’Hara – Visual Artist www.janeohara.com www.beastsofburden.org
3:00 – Lewis Randa – founder of The Peace Abbey www.peaceabbey.org
3:20 – Peace Abbey presentation of Courage of Conscience Award to Cheri Vandersluis 3:30 – Cheri Vandersluis of Maple Farm Sanctaury www.maplefarmsanctuary.org
4pm – Close

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Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

“Animals and Culture in Art”: A talk and slide presentation by artist Jane O’Hara with music performed by singer-songwriter Joy Askew and readings from poet Gretchen Primack

Compassion Arts is honored to announce that we will be presenting two programs for PACE University’s month long Earth Month celebration.  Our programs will be held at Pace University’s Butcher’s Suite, Kessel Campus Center, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY.

The events are free and open to the public but seating is limited. You must pre-register by Apr. 5th by contacting Angelo Spillo, director of the Nature Center at PACE aspillo@pace.edu.

Animals, the environment, the human-animal bond and the duality of our relationship with animals in society are explored in this compelling presentation of visual art, music and poetry that reflects on the interconnection of animals, humans, nature and culture. “Animals and Culture in Art” presents a poignant and thought-provoking creative arts experience on the paradoxes of selective compassion and its impact on the world we share. Through the paintings of Jane O’Hara, songs of Joy Askew and poems of Gretchen Primack we are asked to reflect through the arts on the human story and its defining resonance in the world we live in for animals and nature.

Jane O’Hara is an artist and the recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award. Jane’s work has been shown in numerous exhibits. She is the curator of Beasts of Burden, of which she is also a participant, featuring the work of 14 artists whose range captures the complex ways in which animals have influenced our lives, opening at National Museum of Animals and Society in Los Angeles in 2017.

 

Joy Askew is a performing singer-songwriter, recording artist and musician who has toured and performed with Peter Gabriel, Laurie Anderson and David Byrne and has been a songwriter with Quincy Jones Music Publishing and Warner Chappell.  She is a humane educator and advocate for animals and the environment. Her music is featured in the award winning documentary Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home.

 

Gretchen Primack is the author of two poetry collections, Doris’ Red Spaces and Kind. Also an animal advocate, she is also the co-author of the memoir The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals. Gretchen’s poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Field, Poet Lore, Ploughshares, and other journals. She coordinates an education program in a county jail and has worked as an advocate for laborers, women and non-human animals.

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“We Animals: The Photography of Jo-Anne McArthur” Presentation by Martin Rowe
Apr
5
1:30 PM13:30

“We Animals: The Photography of Jo-Anne McArthur” Presentation by Martin Rowe

Compassion Arts is honored to announce that we will be presenting two programs for PACE University’s month long Earth Month celebration.  Our programs will be held at Pace University’s Butcher’s Suite, Kessel Campus Center, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY.

The events are free and open to the public but seating is limited. You must pre-register by Apr. 5th by contacting Angelo Spillo, director of the Nature Center at PACE aspillo@pace.edu.

“If ever there was a document that might cause human beings to reconsider our entire relationship to the animal world, this hauntingly beautiful book is it.”  — Wade Davis, National Geographic Society

� Jo-Anne McArthur

Through an ever-expanding collection of compelling and beautifully composed images of animals within the human environment, We Animals, the Canadian photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur (the subject of the documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine) has explored the many ways that animals are exposed to us in zoos, aquaria, and other arenas, and in the photographs she takes. In this talk, writer and publisher Martin Rowe offers us a personal interpretation of the lives captured through McArthur’s lens, a lens that sometimes reflects our own preconceptions as it also reveals the animals’ own experience.

Martin Rowe, � Jo-Anne McArthur

Martin Rowe is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Lantern Books, which in 15 years has published nearly 300 books on environmentalism, vegetarianism, animal advocacy, social justice, family therapy, and religion. Titles include The World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle, We Animals by Jo-Anne McArthur, and Reflections on the Unknowable by Fr. Thomas Keating. Martin helped the 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate, the late Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai, write her four books, including her memoir, Unbowed, and assisted Gene Baur with his book, Farm Sanctuary. Martin is the author of several books, including The Polar Bear in the Zoo: A Speculation and The Elephants in the Room: An Excavation. He holds an honors degree from Oxford University in English Literature and Language and a master’s degree in Religious Studies from New York University. Martin is also co-host of a literary salon. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. martin-rowe.com

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