Announcing The Countdown Public Art Legacy Project honouring survivors of sexual violence

A white illustration that resembles a spiral, or one large circle with three smaller concentric circles, feature the encircled words: Join the countdown - to end sexual violence - The Countdown Public Art Project. Clock arms are in the centre of the illustration, against a background of wet stones in soft focusIn 2016, the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County (WSAC), Red Dress Productions (RDP), and Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OVCAOS) joined together with 400 community members to realize the Countdown Public Art Project to honour survivors of sexual violence — a community-wide initiative in Renfrew County, Ontario that engaged in the creation and public unveiling of one permanent public art anchor monument in Eganville, and smaller sibling monuments in Algonquins Pikwakanagan First Nation, Pembroke, and Killaloe, Ontario.

“My hope is for the project to spread to other communities in the County and beyond— to root our intentions and activisms to end sexual violence and tangibly connect people across geographic and cultural communities.”— The Countdown Public Art Project Contributor

We’re honoured to announce the Countdown Public Art Legacy Project that will create four new sibling monuments between February and June 2019.

People have gathered at the monuments for Take Back the Night actions, and less formal gatherings since the unveilings in October 2016 — it’s fitting that the Countdown Legacy Project was launched in a circle of support and activism at Take Back the Night in Eganville, Ontario on September 25, 2018.

At the heart of the Countdown Public Art Project is the hope that the process of creating the monument(s) and the amplification of this initiative will continue to play a generative role in inviting more people into the conversation to become change-makers in their own communities by joining the countdown to end sexual violence.

PLEASE DIRECT INQUIRIES TO:

RDP at 647-937-1470 or reddressproductions@gmail.com

OV-CAOS at 613-757-2985 or arts@ov-caos.org

WSAC at 613-735-5551 or directorwsac@vianet.ca

We gratefully acknowledge funding for The Countdown Public Art Project provided by It’s Never Okay: Ontario’s Gender-based Violence Strategy), and administered by the Ontario Arts Council.