Countdown public art legacy project announced

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The Countdown Public Art Legacy Project will be launched at Take Back the Night in Eganville, Ontario on September 25, 2018. This legacy project will see the creation of four new sister monuments across Ontario in 2019.

In 2016, the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County (WSAC), Red Dress Productions (RDP), and Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OV-CAOS) joined together with hundreds of community members to realize the Countdown Public Art Project — a community-wide initiative in Renfrew County, Ontario that engaged in the creation of one large permanent public art monument and three ‘sister’ monuments to honour survivors of sexual violence. Since the unveilings in October 2016, people have gathered at the monuments for Take Back the Night and for less formal gatherings.

My hope is for the project to spread all over other communities – spread to other communities in the County and beyond.

— The Countdown Public Art Project Contributor

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.

Take Back the Night March ~ Eganville, Ontario
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
6:30 p.m. Meet at Centennial Park parking lot
7:15 p.m. March
7:45 p.m. Gathering in Centennial Park with Countdown Public Art Legacy Project Announcement
Special Guests and Speakers ~ Performing Artists ~ Activities
8:15 p.m. After Party at Bonnechere Union Public Library

Further information available from: 
WSAC at 613-735-5551 or directorwsac@vianet.ca
RDP at 647-937-1470 or reddressproductions@gmail.com
OV-CAOS at 613-757-2985 or arts@ov-caos.org
The organizers 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.

 

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