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Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute

Project Love mosaic will support LGBTQ Marc Garneau students

Fall 2019

Over the fall months, we will be creating a mosaic with high school students that welcomes and celebrates students of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

Emma Munro and Scott Pearce, supervisors of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club at Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute in Toronto, created the Project Love initiative to bring visibility to the needs of queer youth in the school.

Last year the club won a $5,000 youth engagement grant from Rosedale United Church,

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Megan Spencer mounting Pembroke youth mural

Youth mural unveiling in Pembroke, September 28

Artist Megan Spencer (right) mounts youth mural with Andy Trull of Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OV-CAOS)

From December 2017 to September 2019, Red Dress Productions mentored OV-CAOS’ artist-in-residence Megan Spencer, for the Youth Mural Mosaic Project in Pembroke, Ontario.

Please join us as we celebrate and unveil this mural at a BBQ reception:

Saturday, September 28, 2019

1:00 p.m.

Family & Children’s Services of Renfrew County
Winning Kids Centre
464 Isabella Street
Pembroke,

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Not a victim, but a survivor written on stone used in Countdown mosaic

Five monument unveilings will honour sexual assault survivors across Ontario

May – July 2019

The Countdown Public Art Legacy Project is a series of pebble mosaic workshops to create monuments that honour survivors of sexual violence.

Pebble mosaic monuments

From February to March 2019, Red Dress Productions, Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre, Lanark County Interval House, the Sexual Assault Centre of Brant, Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, and Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre collaborated with 300 residents in North Bay,

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Tristan Whiston, Brigitte Lebel, and Roberta Della-Pica work on pebble mosaic

North Bay rallies to honour sexual assault survivors

Tristan Whiston, of Red Dress Productions, Brigitte Lebel, executive director of the Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing, and Roberta Della-Picca, of the Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew, place pebbles in a template for the Countdown Public Art Project in North Bay, Thursday. PJ Wilson/The Nugget

When Tristan Whiston and Andy Trull began holding workshops in Renfrew County to design and build memorials for sexual assault survivors, they weren’t sure what to expect.

“We were cautioned ‘you can’t count success by the number of people who come out,’” Whiston said Friday as he and Trull were getting ready to launch a project at Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre in North Bay.

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Three hands touch a small pebble mosaic monument

Ontario communities recognize sexual trauma through public art making

Residents of North Bay, Carleton Place, Brantford, and Peterborough will create 4 monuments to honour survivors of sexual violence

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TORONTO: What began as a request by one sexual assault centre in rural Ontario has evolved into a quest to dignify the experiences and visibility of survivors across the province. From February 28 to March 30, 2019, Toronto’s community arts non-profit Red Dress Productions will lead the Countdown Public Art Legacy Project — a series of pebble mosaic workshops to create monuments that honour survivors of sexual violence.

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