CAF Founder Tom Regan Honored in Venice
In September, CAF president Tom Regan presented a lecture, “Animal Rights,” to a SRO crowd of more than 1,200 people at the festival/filosofia in Modena, Italy. A few days later, Tom received a special award from the city of Venice, Italy: a solid bronze statue of a winged-lion, the symbol of Venice. The award was presented, “with admiration and gratitude,” by Gianfranco Bettin, Deputy Mayor of Venice, who also serves as Counselor of the Environment. Photos of the occasion can be found here.
Tom’s remarks on this occasion can be found here.
Past Grant Recipients Continue to Garner Praise and Raise Awareness
Marisa Miller Wolfson’s “Vegucated” Takes Top Film Award
“Vegucated,” a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers on a six-week transformative journey to adopt a vegan diet, grabbed the Best Documentary jury award at the Toronto Independent Film Festival. The film, created by 2009 and 2011 grantee Marisa Miller Wolfson, is currently touring the U.S. with premieres in major cities across the country.
Public Eye Presents “Carnivores Anonymous” at 2011 Philly Fringe Festival
2009, 2010 and 2011 grantee Public Eye: Artists for Animals premiered “Carnivores Anonymous,” a talk-show themed performance, at the 2011 Philly Fringe Festival. The improv piece featured celebrities discussing their vegan lifestyles, performing talents and fielding questions from the audience.
Bradley Rowe Publishes in Prestigious Educational Journal
2010 grant recipient Bradley Rowe has been published in Critical Education, an international peer-reviewed journal which seeks manuscripts that critically examine contemporary education contexts and practices. His article, “Understanding Animals-Becoming-Meat: Embracing a Disturbing Education” appeared in the July 2011 publication.
Artist Jerstin Crosby’s Work Attracts National and International Attention
Works by 2009 and 2011 grant recipient Jerstin Crosby were included in recent exhibitions at Good Citizen Gallery in St. Louis, MO, and at Mattress Factory, a museum of contemporary art in Pittsburgh, PA. Crosby brings awareness to animal rights and environmental issues through interdisciplinary works that combine seemingly unrelated contexts into forms that are both humorous and subversively dark.
Crosby’s installation piece, “In the Manner of Smoke,” showed at Good Citizen Gallery from February 19 to March 20, 2010, and was reviewed in ARTFORUM International by critic, Ivy Cooper. His site-specific installation “On The Inside,” which combined video, sculpture, and two-dimensional works, showed at Mattress Factory from March 25, 2011 – August 7, 2011.
Residencies and Teaching
These exhibitions led to other opportunities, including a Summer 2011 art residency in Greece at Sfakiotes Residency, and artist-in-residence status at Pittsburgh’s Artists Image Resource where Crosby is creating a silkscreened stop motion animation based on fictionalized outcomes of the effects of the BP oil spill in the Gulf. He has also taught courses as a part-time professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and Chatham University, both located in Pittsburgh, PA.
Also in the past year, Crosby, together with fellow artist Orvokki Halme, has assembled a vegetarian/vegan cookbook, “Elf Chow.” Contributors include CAF’s own Nancy Regan! The final collection is a hand-assembled book with silkscreen cover, created in zine style, which the artists have graciously shared in PDF format here.
CAF Co-Founder and President, Tom Regan, Honored by North Carolina State University
April 17, 2011 - This year marks the 36th anniversary of the publication of Tom Regan's, "The Moral Basis of Vegetarianism" (Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 1975). This article laid the foundation for Regan’s groundbreaking book, The Case for Animal Rights, which is widely regarded as the seminal work in the field. On April 15 and 16, 2011, NC State Philosophy and Religious Studies Department together with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, honored Regan’s work with a celebration and scholarly workshop. Learn More »
2011 Grant Awardees Announced
March 31, 2011 - Culture and Animals Foundation (CAF) has announced the recipients of the 2011 grants. This year, the Foundation awarded a total of 17 grants: six in Research, seven in Creativity and four in Performance. With a unique approach best described as cultural activism, CAF funds academic and artistic projects that raise public awareness about concern for animals. Learn More »
CAF President – Moving Around the World
CAF President Tom Regan gave lectures at Gotherberg and Stockholm Universities to mark the release of the Swedish translation of his book, Empty Cages. More »
Grant Recipient’s Film Plays at Major Film Festivals
CAF grant recipient Camilla Calamandrei's film, "The Tiger Next Door," is receiving rave reviews as it chalks-up a growing list of "Official Selections" at major film festivals. Learn more and see the trailer at http://thetigernextdoor.com/