The Culture & Animals Foundation joined with Compassion Arts for the first Compassion Arts & Culture and Animals Festival at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space in New York City on October 21–22, 2017. The Festival was preceded and accompanied by a pop-up art show entitled “Beasts of Burden,” curated by CAF grantee Jane O’Hara. Other CAF grantees who performed or presented at the Festival included: Ayten Alkan, Michael Harren, Jo-Anne McArthur, Ellie Sarty, Jasmin Singer, and Mariann Sullivan. CAF vice-presidents Martin Rowe and Mia MacDonald, and CAF grantee Marisa Miller Wolfson, were the em-cees. CAF co-founder and board member Nancy Regan was also in attendance. Cyrus Mejia, whose image was used for the program cover, is also a CAF grantee.