Thursday, August 25, 2016

Production Work on the Countdown Public Art Project

More frame building for The Countdown Public Art Project -- 30 + components for our 4 pebble mosaic public artworks that we'll build on tables one pebble at a time, then pour/ cast and cure, and then assemble on site. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/countdownproject2016/



Thursday, August 18, 2016

Public Artwork Design for the Countdown Public Art Project!!!

Way back in the way back (as time goes) a plan was hatched by the Women's Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew to create a monument to end sexual violence. Red Dress Productions was invited to lead the Countdown Project, and Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio was invited to collaborate, and community partners came aboard with offers of outreach support, and workshop venues, public park space, and cash and in-kind contributions, and many community members joined -- and continue to join -- in this many hands and many hearts effort.


In July we held four workshops to generate ideas in Pembroke, Eganville, Pikwakanagan First Nation, and Killaloe. We recorded pages of notes and archived more than 100 sketches. In August, we reconvened in the four communities to review 9 design concepts that reflect the themes and motifs generated by contributors. In small working groups, community members modified, revised, and built upon the images that were offered. From there, a design was produced for the anchor monument that will live in Centennial Park, Eganville, along with designs for three sister monuments that will live in Pembroke, Pikwakanagan First Nation, and Killaloe. In September, we’ll build the four pebble mosaic public artworks with community members. Everyone is welcome to join in the countdown to end sexual violence – returning contributors and new contributors. Everyone, all of us, is needed to end sexual violence.

On October 15, 2016 we’ll unveil the monument(s). More information on that soon!


It's Never Okay: Ontario's Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment provided funding for the Countdown Public Art Project.






Saturday, July 23, 2016

August 2, 3, 4, 5: Design Feedback Workshops for the Countdown Public Art Project

JOIN THE COUNTDOWN PROJECT! CONTRIBUEZ AU PROJET COMPTE À REBOURS! 

Offer design feedback for a pebble mosaic monument in Renfrew County to honour survivors of sexual violence. * Faites-nous part de vos commentaires sur les dessins de la mosaïque de cailloux qui sera créée dans le comté de Renfrew pour rendre hommage aux personnes qui ont survécu à la violence sexuelle.

KILLALOE
Community Resource Centre, 12 North St. * Centre de Ressources Communautaires, 12, rue North
Tues. August 2 @ 6 – 8 p.m. * Le mardi 2 août, de 18 h à 20 h


PIKWAKANAGAN
Pikwakangan Elder’s Lodge, 96 Chibekana Inamo
Wed. August 3 @ 1 – 3 p.m. * Le mercredi 3 août, de 13 h à 15 h

PEMBROKE
WSAC, 526 Pembroke St. West * WSAC, 526, rue Pembroke Ouest
Thurs. August 4 @ 5 – 7 p.m. * Le jeudi 4 août, de 17 h à 19 h


EGANVILLE
Bonnechere Union Public Library, 74-A Maple St. * Bibliothèque Municipale Bonnechere Union, 74-A, rue Maple
Fri. August 5 @ 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. * Le vendredi 5 août, de 18 h 30 à 20 h 30






August 2, 3, 4, 5: Design Feedback Workshops for the Countdown Public Art Project

JOIN THE COUNTDOWN PROJECT! CONTRIBUEZ AU PROJET COMPTE À REBOURS! 

Offer design feedback for a pebble mosaic monument in Renfrew County to honour survivors of sexual violence. * Faites-nous part de vos commentaires sur les dessins de la mosaïque de cailloux qui sera créée dans le comté de Renfrew pour rendre hommage aux personnes qui ont survécu à la violence sexuelle.

KILLALOE
Community Resource Centre, 12 North St. * Centre de Ressources Communautaires, 12, rue North
Tues. August 2 @ 6 – 8 p.m. * Le mardi 2 août, de 18 h à 20 h


PIKWAKANAGAN
Pikwakangan Elder’s Lodge, 96 Chibekana Inamo
Wed. August 3 @ 1 – 3 p.m. * Le mercredi 3 août, de 13 h à 15 h

PEMBROKE
WSAC, 526 Pembroke St. West * WSAC, 526, rue Pembroke Ouest
Thurs. August 4 @ 5 – 7 p.m. * Le jeudi 4 août, de 17 h à 19 h


EGANVILLE
Bonnechere Union Public Library, 74-A Maple St. * Bibliothèque Municipale Bonnechere Union, 74-A, rue Maple
Fri. August 5 @ 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. * Le vendredi 5 août, de 18 h 30 à 20 h 30






August 2, 3, 4, 5: Design Feedback Workshops for the Countdown Public Art Project

Offer design feedback for a pebble mosaic monument in Renfrew County to honour survivors of sexual violence. * Faites-nous part de vos commentaires sur les dessins de la mosaïque de cailloux qui sera créée dans le comté de Renfrew pour rendre hommage aux personnes qui ont survécu à la violence sexuelle.


KILLALOE
Community Resource Centre, 12 North St. * Centre de Ressources Communautaires, 12, rue North
Tues. August 2 @ 6 – 8 p.m. * Le mardi 2 août, de 18 h à 20 h


PIKWAKANAGAN
Pikwakangan Elder’s Lodge, 96 Chibekana Inamo
Wed. August 3 @ 1 – 3 p.m. * Le mercredi 3 août, de 13 h à 15 h

PEMBROKE
WSAC, 526 Pembroke St. West * WSAC, 526, rue Pembroke Ouest
Thurs. August 4 @ 5 – 7 p.m. * Le jeudi 4 août, de 17 h à 19 h


EGANVILLE
Bonnechere Union Public Library, 74-A Maple St. * Bibliothèque Municipale Bonnechere Union, 74-A, rue Maple
Fri. August 5 @ 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. * Le vendredi 5 août, de 18 h 30 à 20 h 30






Monday, July 11, 2016

Photos from Countdown Public Art Project July workshops

Thanks to community members in Pikwakanagan First Nation, Eganville, Killaloe, and Pembroke for joining the countdown to end sexual violence -- for contributing presence, conversation, creative ideas, and images to the July workshops from which the design will emerge for a monument to honour survivors of sexual assault. 

Thanks to our team for facilitation, coordination, graphic design, photography, translation support, and production: JoAnne Brooks, Anna Camilleri, Tristan R. Whiston, Andy Trull, Megan Spencer, Roberta Della-Pica, Karis Pard-Jones, Tomas Chin, Maureen MacMillan, Megan Cyr, Katie Yealland, Alana McLeod, Bev Ritza, Tariq Sami, and Liane Alessi.

Special thanks to our community partners for supporting this significant project through outreach and promotion, provision of space, and cash or in-kind support:  CRC (Community Resource Centre, Killaloe), Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation Health Centre, Killaloe, Haggarty, and Richards Township, EVA-Ending Violence Against Women Renfrew County, Jumblies Theatre (Youth Intern Exchange Program), The Township of Bonnechere Valley, and the Ontario Arts Council.  

Funding for this work was provided by It's Never Okay: Ontario's Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment." 

The Countdown Public Art Project was initiated by the The Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County, and is being led in collaboration with arts partners Red Dress Productions and OV-CAOS.


Photography by Maureen MacMillan.