Countdown Public Art Legacy Project

The Countdown Public Art Legacy Project honours 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.”— The Countdown Public Art Project Contributor

The Countdown Public Art Legacy Project will create four new sibling monuments throughout Ontario between February and June 2019.

UPCOMING EVENT!This image is a poster advertising "Hands Across the Shield"; the poster includes text about the event. Text can be found beside the image. Behind the text, there is a photograph of pebbles and stones held in a person's hands.

HANDS ACROSS THE SHIELD: a community arts gathering in support of The Countdown Public Art Legacy Project

When: Sunday November 25, 2018 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Where: CRC, 12 North St., Killaloe, ON

Join us to write postcards and create paper crafts to share with new contributors — we’ll amplify The Countdown Public Art Legacy Project by reaching our hands across the shield, in creative solidarity.

Snacks and arts supplies will be provided. All are welcome.


RDP at 647-937-1470 or

OV-CAOS at 613-757-2985 or

WSAC at 613-735-5551 or

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.