STEPS creates one-of-a-kind public art plans, installations and engagement strategies that:
- meet your public art and placemaking needs
- transform your space into a cultural destination
- foster stronger relationships with your community
- showcase the talent of diverse Canadian artists
We’re a CRA registered charity and welcomes financial contributions towards our free community arts programs.
STEPS (Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space) has received numerous awards for our high-impact programs, including the inaugural national Culture Days Innovative Event Award; the NXT City Prize, and Imagination Catalyst Best Social Enterprise Award from OCAD University.
Since 2011, we have produced:
- 300+ public art installations
- 600+ paid artist opportunities
- 1,000+ youth leadership opportunities
- 10,000+ community engagement opportunities
Our inclusive approach
Great public art can challenge systemic inequities in public space. Our programs foster inclusive public art practices, support equity-seeking artists and demonstrate the power of public art to reimagine equitably designed cities. We encourage, support and celebrate the diversity of our Board, staff and advisory network. This approach fuels our innovation and connects us closer to the communities we serve.
ALEXIS KANe SPEER
Alexis is responsible for STEPS’ strategic planning, partnership development and fundraising. Inspired by the city and the people who bring it to life, she has 15+ years experience leading public art, cultural planning and community building initiatives, for which she has received numerous awards.
Program Director (on parental leave)
Anjuli oversees STEPS’ community and agency programs, including developing the partnerships that make them possible. She is a painter and public artist with 15+ years in community engagement, public programming and urban research.
Program Director (interim)
Bebhinn is responsible for managing STEPS’ community programming, including our artist capacity building programming. In the last decade of her creative practice, Bebhinn focused on developing interdisciplinary and intergenerational arts programs that build a sense of community, develop new skills and expose participants to opportunities within the arts sector.
Renee facilitates STEPS’ community engagement and program delivery activities. She is a visual artist and arts administrator passionate about community-building, creative expression, and improving access in the arts.
Praneti coordinates STEPS’ placemaking services. She is a narrative environments designer who loves exploring multiple layers of the physical and digital spaces that help people navigate cities. Praneti loves the imperfections of handcrafted objects and their stories.
Margaux supports STEPS’ agency services. She is an urban and cultural planner, with a life mission to build equitable cities and spaces. Taking a human-centred approach in their work, they ensure that a diversity of people and perspectives are reflected. They are passionate about public spaces, art, affordable housing, food systems, and using creativity and innovation to solve complex urban challenges.
Janet coordinates STEPS’ public art projects and artist capacity building programs. She is a multidisciplinary artist and arts administrator passionate about shared histories and community building. She is driven to explore concepts around equity, diversity, gender rights and mixed race identity.
Ima is an urban planner and community builder. She is passionate about social equity and local placemaking initiatives. Ima is driven to support vibrant and resilient urban spaces that reflect the histories, cultures, and experiences of local communities.
Grace oversees STEPS’ communications initiatives and community engagement channels. She is a content creator who enjoys exploring different artistic mediums for print and digital spaces. She is passionate about fostering vibrant communities and supporting local artists and makers near and far.
Main Streets Coordinator
Alexandra coordinates STEPS’ main street services. She is passionate about the arts, the environment, urban planning, and the creative ways that they intersect to enhance our cities and promote the vibrancy of our communities.
Josh supports STEPS’ outreach and communications activities. He is passionate about promoting community programs that both engage local residents and make creative initiatives more accessible for all. He is also a wordsmith with a zeal for poetry and prose.
Kira is a fourth-year student specializing in the technology of architecture at the University of Toronto who is passionate about architecture, design, the arts, and how they are integrated into the urban fabric.
Jackie assists STEPS’ outreach initiatives and administration. He is a photographer interested in urban landscapes, and how communities engage and value public spaces. Jackie is entering his final year at Ryerson University pursuing his BA in Creative Industries.
Selina supports STEPS’ visual storytelling work. She is a hardworking, ambitious photographer and videographer. She graduated from the University of Windsor in spring 2019 with a double degree in Digital Journalism and Communications Media and Film.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Appiah Law, Board Chair
The Daniels Corporation, Secretary
City of Mississauga, Member at Large
Hubba, Member at Large
Allied REIT, Member at Large
Canadian Art Foundation, Member at Large
- Adrian Forrow (OCAD University)
- Alica Hall (NIA Centre for the Arts)
- Benjamin Freedman (CONTACT Photography Festival)
- Charles Smith (Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Ontario)
- Chris Mitchell (The Gladstone Hotel)
- Dina Graser (Chair, Toronto Arts Council)
- Emily May Rose Brown (Northern Contemporary Gallery)
- Jamaias DaCosta (Professional Artist, Writer, Performer)
- Jennifer Smith (National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition)
- Jimmy Baptiste (Multidisciplinary Quebec-based artist)
- Josh Heuman (Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery)
- Katherine Kerr (Public Art Consultant, Alberta)
- Layne Hinton (Co-Curator, Art Spin)
- Lisa Rochon (Citylab, Red Embers, Canadian Canoe Museum)
- Nico Taylor (Black Speculative Arts Movement Canada)
- Queen Kukoyi (Black Speculative Arts Movement Canada)
- Sean Lee (Tangled Arts & Disability)
- Sidi Chen (Multidisciplinary Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations based artist)
- Tash Naveau (Indigenous Arts, Toronto Arts Council)
- Umbereen Inayet (Curator, Nuit Blanche)
- Zainab Abbasi (Planner, City of Mississauga)
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