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.


Wakarusa Wetlands © 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

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

Marc Bekoff