250+ Renfrew County community members contributed to the creation of The Countdown Public Art Project: the first Canadian monument honouring survivors of sexual violence. This community-wide initiative aims to create public spaces for survivors to reconnect to community, and invites vital, but often private, conversations to more public platforms so that communities can heal from collective trauma, gain insight, and move towards a world free from sexual violence.
Workshops and gatherings were held in Eganville, Killaloe, Pembroke, and Pikwàkanagàn First Nation where community members, municipal bodies, local partners, and a team of artists had robust conversation, and generated more than 100 sketches. Lead Artist Anna Camilleri stewarded the progression of this raft of ideas into design, and community members came together to build the pebble mosaics.
Inspired by the long-time vision of the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County. The community-engaged arts initiative was developed and led by Red Dress Productions with collaborating partner Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OV-CAOS).