Welcome - Compassion Arts Festival 2021


This year’s Compassion Arts Festival is based on THE TEN TRUSTS, inspired by the book The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do To Care For The Animals We Love by Jane Goodall and Marc Bekoff.

Each of CAF 2021 virtual events will cover one of the Ten Trusts (listed below), presented over ten days 11/14-11/23, and closing with a virtual Thanks-Living celebration the following day 11/24. People are welcome to attend as many programs of the festival as they wish. All events will be held online, and most of them will be free, except for those that are being presented as benefits for humane education programs or for organizations that help animals directly.

The program schedule for Compassion Arts Festival 2021: The Ten Trusts will be announced in June, followed by a monthly newsletter series profiling each of the festival events and their presenters. Click here to sign-up for the newsletter. Registration for all programs opens in the fall.

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Solo Egret © Chris Taylor


The First Trust:
Rejoice that We Are Part of the Animal Kingdom

The Second Trust:
Respect All Life

The Third Trust:
Open Our Minds, In Humility, To Animals and Learn From Them

The Fourth Trust:
Teach Our Children to Respect and Love Nature

The Fifth Trust:
Be Wise Stewards of Life On Earth

The Sixth Trust:
Value and Help Preserve the Sounds of Nature

The Seventh Trust:
Refrain from Harming Life In Order To Learn About It

The Eighth Trust:
Have the Courage of Our Convictions

The Ninth Trust:
Praise and Help Those Who Work With Animals and the Natural World

The Tenth Trust:
Act Knowing We Are Not Alone and Live With Hope


Sun 11/14 KINDRED SOUL: A Celebration of The First Trust ( “Rejoice that We Are Part of the Animal Kingdom”) in a concert for Tamerlaine Sanctuary & Preserve hosted by Michael Harren with guests TBA, to spotlight the sanctuary’s work and animals.
Mon 11/15 RESPECT ALL LIFE: Virtual Concert Piano Performance & Speaker Presentation on The Second Trust by musicians/educators Dr. Joanne Kong and Dr. Paul Hanson.
Tues 11/16 LEARNING FROM ANIMALS: Roundtable on The Third Trust hosted by Lisa Levinson from In Defense of Animals with animal studies behaviorist, advocate and author Marc Bekoff, filmmaker Allison Argo, Luvin’ Arms Sanctuary co-founder Shaleen Shah, and animal chaplain and advocate Rev. Sarah Bowen.
Wed 11/17 TEACHING OUR CHILDREN: Presentations on The Fourth Trust hosted by Alfee West with humane educators, performing arts groups and community projects.
Thurs 11/18 THE FIFTH TRUST EXHIBIT: A Virtual Group Exhibition featuring 15 women artists using their work for animals and nature, hosted by curators Jane O’Hara & Janell O’Rourke, on the The Fifth Trust tenet “Be Wise Stewards of Life on Earth.”
Fri 11/19 PRESERVING NATURE’S SONG: Readings, Presentations and Discussion on The Sixth Trust hosted by Ellie Sarty with guests John Yunker on Writing for Animals, Dawn Casteel Lorick on The Listening Project, artist Linda G. Fisher and others.
Sat 11/20 THE ABSENCE OF UNNECESSARY HURTING: Poetry on The Seventh Trust featuring a Persona Poetry workshop in the afternoon and an evening presentation of selected works by poet Gretchen Primack with her guest, Mandy-Suzanne Wong.
Sun 11/21 THE EIGHTH TRUST: Virtual Symposium on Having the Courage of Our Convictions hosted by, and featuring, poet and educator Donald Vincent with special guests.
Mon 11/22 LIFTING UP ALL WHO CARE: Multi-media conference program on The Ninth Trust hosted by Marla Andrews featuring films, interviews, and interactive discussion.
Tues 11/23 ACT WITH HOPE: Podcast on The Tenth Trust co-hosted by Ellie Sarty & Alfee West with guest moderator Joanne Kong, featuring interviews and discussion with photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur of We Animals Media, writer Martin Rowe of Lantern Publishing, Aryenish Birdie of Encompass Movement, Aysha Akhtar of Contemporary Sciences, and Rev. Carol Saunders of The Spiritual Forum podcast.
Wed 11/24 A NEW THANKS-LIVING: The closing event of the festival, a virtual Thanks-Living is presented by Vegans of New England and hosted by Marlene Narrow of Vegan Nation, with videos and live-streamed programs of artists, music, cooking demos, chefs, recipes, and a spotlight on three New England farm animal sanctuaries. This event is co-partnered with New England Veg Fest and CompassionFest.

”We must remain hopeful that a universal ethic of courage, caring, sharing, respect, radical compassion, and love will make a difference .....”

Marc Bekoff