David Walega, Creating Compassion Workshops
The Creating Compassion Workshops at the Skid Row Housing Trust in Los Angeles address the interconnections between marginalized people and animals who are also excluded from the circle of care by much of our society. Through art workshops, artists help foster a community which celebrates the bond we share with other animals through creative expression and accomplishment. David Walega founded these workshops to encourage all people to be advocates for the animals. Many individuals in our country have experienced prolonged discrimination and limited access to resources, as have some of the most vulnerable beings in our world, the animals. The goal is to create a safe space to investigate issues pertaining to mindfulness for all beings and allowing individuals to become connected to a greater whole through artistic expression where empathy is celebrated.