Wednesday Evening Open House for Individuals or Group Studio Visits

RATIONALE FOR THE “REACHING OUT” MONUMENT
(PDF version for printing)


The rebuilding of trust in people,
to recognize those who are being abused,
that they know they have a future, a way out.

The graceful “Reaching Out” Monument is a remarkable work of art, visually and socially. It clearly works to respond to aesthetic, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and society.

The incidence of child abuse in Canada is staggering. We hear tragic stories in the media daily. The statistics are mind-boggling. Unfortunately, the stories are true and the statistics are probably underestimated. This tragedy implores a public response.

A fundamental premise of Dr. Irving’s Monument vision was that people who have confronted abuse have a special wisdom that can assist others. Their triumphs over the challenges of adversity make them role models for all of society. The messages on the quilt squares of the Monument speak of compassion and the desire to make a difference.

The Monument as good art speaks from heart

and soul to heart and soul to:

Make us feel the awe and wonder of standing in front of great art;
Honour and validate all Canadians who struggle to find health and happiness despite
what they have suffered;
Tell children that we want to empower them and keep them safe;
Provide care givers who are at risk encouragement to turn to help and support;

Make the issue of child abuse more visible and
affirm to all that we can do something about it;
Provide hope.

During our 1999 Cross-Canada Tour we met a woman who had lived with the secret of child abuse until major heart surgery in her mid-sixties. The life and death risk of the upcoming surgery compelled her to unburden to her surgeon the night before her operation. The woman had been abused as a child, had grown up, married, raised several children.

 

- About the Monument
- Monument Design
- Monument Rationale
- Endorsements for the Monument
- About Dr. Michael Irving
- Monument and Quilt Squares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your Donations are Needed
to Bring the Child Abuse Monument Home from the Foundry

* Donations *
* Story of the Monument/Phases of the Project * Phase 1: Design * Phase II: Create * Phase III: Implement * Phase IV:Positioning *
* Monument Overview * Monument Project Organization * Project Story - Flash Movie *
* A Healing Monument * Monument as Social Action * A Gift for Allies in Healing *
* Artistic Director: Michael C. Irving, Ph.D. * Assisting Sculptors * Studio Visits *
* Monument Conception/Creation * Monument Sculpting * Casting the Bronze *
* Quilt Square Workshop Participants *
Heroes of the Monument * Facing Challenges * Monument Lessons * Monument Stories
* Self Care Activities for Survivors * Well Being * Creating Coping Lists * Meditation Gallery *
* Information on Child Abuse
* Types of Abuse * Impacts of Abuse * Responses to Abuse *
* Resource Links on Child Abuse *
* Survivor Monument Poetry and Quilt Square Books *
* Awareness Campaign * Research Forum * Cambridge Tour * DAS School *
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Contribute a HandPrint Message for Placement Inside the Child Abuse Monument *
* Sponsorship as Healing * Sponsors * Local Sponsors * Sponsorship Opportunities *
* Unveiling *


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