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

In 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.”

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Countdown Project Unveilings on October 15, 2016

Thank you to all who came out to the October 15th monument unveilings in Eganville, Killaloe, and Pikwakanagan First Nation. All photos in this post by Maureen MacMillan.

The Countdown Public Art Project is a community-wide initiative in Renfrew County, Ontario to create a permanent public art monument to honour survivors of sexual violence – the first of its kind in Canada.
This community-wide initiative aims to create public spaces for survivors, and invites vital, but often private,

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Ottawa Citizen article about the Countdown Project

They say that in a small town, everybody knows everybody.

That’s all the more true in a town like Eganville, Ont. Population: 3,763, according to the latest available statistics.

So when a well-known figure in the community steps forward to share their story about a lifetime of sexual abuse, people will talk.

Sitting on a bench at the end of a footbridge by the south side of the Bonnechere River, Roberta Della-Picca points to a yellow building along the main road that crosses through the heart of Eganville.

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Installation of the Countdown Public Art Project

We set out to create one public art monument in Renfrew County to honour survivors of sexual violence, but several communities wanted to host the monument, so the project evolved to include the creation and production of one large monument and three “sister” monuments.

We’ve completed installation of the Pikwakanagan First Nation and Killaloe sister monuments, and we’re currently working on the massive Centennial Park installation in Eganville.

Sister Monument Unveiling programs
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

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