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Two community arts gatherings will support assault survivor monuments

Hands Across the Shield
November 25 & 26, 2018

Two upcoming community arts gatherings in Killaloe and Pembroke, Ontario, will support the Countdown Public Art Legacy Project. The project creates public art monuments to increase awareness of gender-based and sexual violence. In the new year, we will be creating four new monuments throughout Ontario between February and June 2019.

Sunday November 25, 2018
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
CRC, 12 North Street
Killaloe,

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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,

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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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Countdown monument (Eganville, Ontario)

What is the first permanent public art monument in Canada to honour survivors of sexual violence?

Emerging out of a long-time vision of the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County (Ontario), Toronto-based Red Dress Productions were invited to lead the Countdown Public Art Project – a community-wide initiative that would create the first monument of its kind in Canada to recognize survivors of sexual violence.

In turn, Red Dress Productions invited Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio – a non-profit organization that promotes creative arts into community life – to join the project to develop partnerships and outreach.

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