Compassion Arts Festival is an annual program of Compassion Arts, an all-volunteer arts and education project exploring our connection with all life. Our yearly festival event takes place during the last 10 days of October, much like a harvest festival of the heart. Workshops, concerts, exhibits, readings, film and other presentations reflect on our relationship with animals, nature, and intersections of connection.

This year our festival has the great honor of partnering with the Culture and Animals Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides grants to artists and scholars for advancing the understanding of and compassion for animals and the earth.  Our shared event, Compassion Arts & Culture and Animals Festival , will feature a weekend of afternoon and evening programs at Symphony Space in NYC on 10/21 & 10/22 to benefit Culture and Animals. See Events & Tickets for details.

Compassion Arts Festival is also excited to announce  O’Hara Projects’ pop-up exhibit Beasts of Burden: Our Complex Relationship with Animals, curated by Jane O’Hara, which will open our festival events this year on Friday 10/20 evening and run through the weekend at 208 E 73rd St, TUF Gallery, NYC.

Last, Compassion Arts will be hosting a closed workshop series, The Stories of All of Us, in Mass (our home base) for animal caregivers, animal rescuers and advocates, who wish to explore the art of storytelling for sharing about animals and their experiences. The workshops will offer tools for inspiring awareness about animals as individuals and their rich emotional lives, as well as reflection on our misperceptions about animals. As part of these workshops, we will join Maple Farm Sanctuary on Saturday, 10/28 for a story share, interactive art mural, songwriter circle, and vegan feast to benefit the sanctuary.

The Compassion Arts Festival philosophy is rooted in the principles of Sacred Economics as described by Charles Eisenstein, author of The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible. Our project is all-volunteer and does not accept donations, but we welcome support in the form of sponsorship, services, volunteering, being a presenter or contributing directly to the non-profit organization that is our festival’s charitable cause that year. As the saying goes, “we join in a circle, to do together that which we cannot do alone.”     Ahimsa Peace.