Compassion Speaks: Women Artists for Animals
Women Artists for Animals (WAFA) is a three-part series for Compassion Speaks for 2019-20 to acknowledge, support, and advance the community of women artists who help animals by using their artistry as a window through which the culture may bear witness to our treatment of other species and see animals as the soul-baring, kindred individuals they truly are.
The first event of the series will be a powerful and inspiring afternoon featuring presentations by artists such as Jane O’Hara, Janell O’Rourke, and others, exploring the work of Jo-Anne McArthur and reflecting on animal advocacy through the lens of other women in the visual arts.
Jo-Anne McArthur is a critically acclaimed and thought-provoking photojournalist as well as a globally recognized speaker and advocate for animals. She is the author of groundbreaking books Captive and We Animals and subject of the 2013 documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine. McArthur is also this year’s Compassion Arts Festival honoree for the 2019 Artists for Ahimsa Award, given in recognition of compassion in action through the arts. She will be presented with the award’s signature painting by Jane O’Hara at the end of the event.
Proceeds from this event will go to McArthur’s current work in progress, UNBOUND, a photographic project celebrating women working to help animals worldwide. As the Unbound Project quotes:
“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing” - Arundhati Roy.
This program is “pay what you can” or a love offering. Suggested ticket price is $20.
Tickets and Registration
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About Compassion Speaks
The 2019 Compassion Arts Festival will launch Compassion Speaks, an outreach program from Compassion Arts in which four or five special guests give voice to compassion in action through the arts and education. Guests share their work in relation to a specific topic by contributing a short talk, performance, or presentation. The program will be an integral part of Compassion Arts going forward and will take place in multiple cities.