Presenters

Mihoko Suzuki – And the Hummingbird Says . . . 

Mihoko Suzuki conceives and writes multi-disciplinary works, including opera, ballet, music-theater, film, and sound-art installations, that explore the complex and often contradictory relationship between humans and the natural world. Some of Mihoko’s works include This World, a song cycle; Litany for the Animals, a multi-media opera; and To the Dogs, a visual auditory ritual dedicated to 33 dogs on death row at NYC Animal Care Center. Mihoko has composed for numerous award-winning collaborations in dance, video, and film. Her musical composition of the Alice Walker poem “We Have A Beautiful Mother” was adapted for Wangari Maathai’s memorial service in New York City in November 2011.

Martin Rowe – And the Hummingbird Says . . .  and  Captive

Martin Rowe is an author, playwright, and co-founder of Lantern Books—a publisher of titles for 18 years on veganism, environmentalism, social justice, and animal advocacy, which include Jo-Anne McArthur’s recently launched book Captive. Martin is the author of a novel and several works of non-fiction, including The Polar Bear in the Zoo: A Reflection, a meditation on McArthur’s photo of Kunik, a polar bear in the Toronto Zoo, and The Elephants in the Room about his time with Wangari Maathai. Martin published Maathai’s first book The Green Belt Movement, and when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, he and his partner Mia MacDonald worked with her on her autobiography Unbowed as well as two subsequent titles: The Challenge for Africa and Replenishing the Earth. Martin is the former co-founder and editor of Satya magazine, and is currently the co–vice president of the Culture & Animals Foundation.

Jane O’Hara – Reflections on Beasts of Burden

Jane O’Hara has mounted solo exhibitions at the South Rotunda Gallery, Hynes Convention Center, Boston and Gallery 55 in Natick, MA. Selected group exhibition venues include Denise Bibro Fine Art in NYC, Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, CT, William Scott Gallery in Provincetown, MA and the former Animal Museum Los Angeles, CA. O’Hara is the curator of the exhibit Beasts of Burden where she joins 14 artists using the animal as subject.

 

Joy Askew – Reflections on Beasts of Burden

Joy Askew is a musician, singer, composer, performer, published songwriter, recording artist, and humane educator. She has toured with Peter Gabriel, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, and Joe Jackson, among others. Her songs have been featured in films, most notably the award-winning Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home. Joy has an extensive discography that includes her recently released new album, Queen Victoria.

Gretchen Primack – Reflections on Beasts of Burden

Gretchen Primack is a poet, editor, and animal advocate living in the Hudson Valley. She is the author of two poetry collections, Kind (2013) and Doris Red Spaces (2014), and a chapbook The Slow Creaking of Planets (2007). Her poems have been published in several anthologies and in publications, including The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, FIELD, and many others. She is a coordinator of literacy programs and a teacher.

 

Jo-Anne McArthur – Captive

Jo-Anne McArthur is an award-winning photojournalist, author, and educator who’s been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for over a decade. Her internationally celebrated archive, We Animals, has enabled over one hundred animal organizations to benefit from her photography. Jo-Anne’s work is featured in books and publications including National Geographic, Elle Canada, Photolife, Huffington Post, and others. She is the subject of the acclaimed documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine.

Michael Harren – The Music of Michael Harren

Michael Harren is a Brooklyn-based composer who combines elements of classical composition with experimental electronics and storytelling. He is an artist-in-residence at Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary and the musical director of Cabaret for a Cause. He has toured as pianist for Sandra Bernhard and performed at Joe’s Pub, Dixon’s Place, and venues across the country. A 2016 Culture & Animals Foundation grant recipient, he is currently on tour performing his multi-media musical theatre piece, The Animal Show.

 

Ayten Alkan – Kedi Documentary Discussion 

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Ayten Alkan is a political scientist and Culture & Animal Foundation grant recipient. She has conducted extensive research on the history on the lives of dogs in Istanbul, Turkey. In September 2017, she joined the Institute for Advance Study at Princeton University.

 

 

John Yunker – Sanctuary

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John Yunker is a writer of plays, short stories, and novels focused on human–animal relationships. He is the editor of the anthology Among Animals: The Lives of Animals and Humans in Contemporary Short Fiction, and co-founder of Ashland Creek Press, an independent press devoted to environmental and animal rights literature.

 

Our Hen House – Sanctuary

OurHenHouseOur Hen House is a central clearinghouse for all kinds of ideas on how you can make change for animals. They will be putting on the radio play along with Jasmin Singer, Mariann Sullivan, Eric Milano, and John Frusciante.

 

 

Radhika Subramaniam The Journeys of Abu’l Abbas and Al-Hindi

Radhika Subramaniam is a curator and writer, with an interdisciplinary practice that utilizes exhibitions, texts, and public art interventions. The Director /Chief Curator at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at the New School, she teaches in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parson’s School of Design. She is presently working on an experimental non-fiction work titled The Elephant’s I.

Donald Vincent – New Works from Compassion Arts

Donald Vincent is an educator, poet-activist, and founder of Mr. Hip Presents, a creative arts project that brings together poets, musicians, and spoken-word artists for readings at Boston art galleries. He recently launched That’s So Vegan, a project merging creativity and education on plant-based foods and products for information on conscious healthy living. Through poetry, humor, hip-hop, jazz, and rap, Donald Vincent leads us to contemplate the intersections of social justice, food, environment, animals, and ourselves. Donald Vincent lectures and teaches at Emerson College.

Ellie Sarty – Food Chain Re-Imagined

Ellie Sarty is the founder of Compassion Arts and the Compassion Arts Festival. She is a past Culture & Animals Foundation grant recipient, a published songwriter with the late Phil Ramone, and a singer. Her music has been featured in film and documentaries, including the original Tribe of Heart Peaceable Kingdom premiere at Lincoln Center, as well as on her CDs Top of the Food Chain and Constant As The Sun. She was a NYC-based performing artist for over 20 years until changing her life’s path to devote her work to animal advocacy and humane education outreach through the arts.

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