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What We Do

STEPS is an award-winning cultural organization.

We have the relationships, experience, and knowledge to undertake any public art initiative in Canada.

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

STEPS Public Art is a CRA registered charity, and welcomes financial contributions towards our free community arts programs. 

Our Impact

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 work has been featured by media including CBCThe Globe and Mail, BlogTO, and academic journals, while our team has been invited to speak at international conferences.

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.

 

Our Team

Ready to serve you from four provinces

Alexis Kane Speer

Alexis Kane Speer

Executive Director

Alexis (she/her/they) 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.  

Anjuli Solanki

Anjuli Solanki

Program Director

Anjuli (she/her) 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. 

Erin Glover

Erin Glover

Associate Program Director

Erin (she/her/they) oversees STEPS’ programs and agency services. She is an artist and arts educator with over a decade of experience in cultural programming. Erin is interested in art initiatives that create space for growth and community connection.

Renee Castonguay

Renee Castonguay

Community Programs Manager

Renee (she/her) 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.

Collin Zipp

Collin Zipp

Public Art Manager

Collin (he/him) manages the successful design and implementation of cultural programming from conception to completion. He is a multidisciplinary artist and arts administrator who brings 10+ years of experience to the team. Collin is dedicated to fostering lasting relationships between artists, artworks, and communities.

Praneti Kulkarni

Praneti Kulkarni

Agency Manager

Praneti (she/her) manages STEPS’ agency 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.

Grace Lai

Grace Lai

Engagement Manager

Grace (she/her) 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.

Ichraq Bouzidi

Ichraq Bouzidi

Cultural Planning Manager

Ichraq Bouzidi (she/her) is a visual artist and cultural planning manager with a background in architecture and urban planning. She’s passionate about curating public art initiatives that challenge assumptions, tackle curiosity and promote social justice.

Bridget MacIntosh

Bridget MacIntosh

Cultural Planning Project Coordinator

Bridget (she/her) has held senior municipal cultural management positions with portfolios spanning arts, events, and public art ranging from small-scale activations to major events such as Nuit Blanche Toronto. She collaborates with municipalities and arts organizations across Canada as a Cultural Strategist, using culture as a tool to nurture civic health and sustainability.

Vicki Cummings

Vicki Cummings

Development Officer

Vicki (she/her) is responsible for deepening organizational sustainability and impact through fundraising. She brings over 25 years of non-profit experience in the arts and social service sectors, giving her a unique understanding of the critical role arts play in nurturing healthy communities.

Margaux Weinrib

Margaux Weinrib

Agency Coordinator

Margaux (they/them/she) 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.

Ima Esin

Ima Esin

Community Programs Coordinator

Ima (she/her) 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.

Madison Kennedy

Madison Kennedy

Placemaking Coordinator

Madison (she/her) supports STEPS’ main streets programming. In her work with BIAs, she strives to create engaging and inclusive spaces for everyone to enjoy. Madison graduated from Dalhousie University with an accredited planning degree.

Belinda Uwase

Belinda Uwase

Artist Programs Coordinator

Belinda (she/her) supports STEPS’ artist programming. She is an emerging curator and first-generation Rwandan from Edmonton and currently residing in Toronto. Belinda has held roles with the Art Gallery of Alberta and the youth organization YEGTheComeUP, where she led the Arts and Culture Task Force.

Gwyneth Dalzell

Gwyneth Dalzell

Operations Coordinator

Gwyneth (she/they) helps keep STEPS operations running smoothly. Having graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Art History, Archaeology, and Material Culture, Gwyneth has worked in a variety of roles with public and non-profit institutions including the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art. 

Meegan Lim

Meegan Lim

Engagement Coordinator

Meegan (she/her) supports STEPS’ communications and community engagement initiatives. She is an illustrator and multidisciplinary creative who is passionate about the intersections of food, culture & social change. She values collaboration in all of her creative practices, nurturing community growth and healing through engaging programming.

Kruti Anne Buch

Kruti Anne Buch

Engagement Associate

Kruti (she/her) supports STEPS engagement activities. She is a multidisciplinary arts educator with a background in illustration and graphic design. Kruti is passionate about creating safe spaces for people to share their stories through art-making.

Stella Zhou

Stella Zhou

Agency Associate

Stella (she/her) is an interdisciplinary urban planner and community animator. She is passionate about creating inclusive public space through cultural planning, creative placemaking, and participatory public art. 

Eva Morrison

Eva Morrison

Engagement Assistant

Eva Morrison (she/her) has a background in art writing and curatorial studies, with an interest in magnifying the work of Canadian artists and connecting creative communities.

Bailey Classen-Schneider

Bailey Classen-Schneider

Public Art Assistant

Bailey (she/her) is completing her Masters in Urban & Regional Planning, and hopes to bring her illustration, design and GIS skills into her work fostering vibrant and more equitable spaces. She is passionate about a range of topics including affordable housing and urban policy, participatory planning, and supporting Indigenous placekeeping in the city.

Sarah Fellows

Sarah Fellows

Public Art Assistant

Sarah (she/her) is a mixed media artist, working primarily in embroidery to explore topics of intersectional feminism, queer rights, and environmental justice. She holds two degrees in Cinema and Media studies, and is passionate about queer representation in cinema, media, and the arts.

Julian Krizsan

Julian Krizsan

Public Art Assistant

Julian (he/him) is a filmmaker, musician and sound designer enrolled with NSCAD University and the Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands. He is a climate activist and organizer interested in using art and design as a catalyst for political and social change, as well as recipient of the TD National Scholarship for Community Leadership Award.

Yelizaveta (Liza) Mishko

Yelizaveta (Liza) Mishko

Public Art Assistant

Liza (she/her) is an urban and community planner. She is passionate about placemaking and creating equitable communities with an interest in designing for play. She applies a people-first approach to community planning which ensures that the diversity of the local community is reflected. Allowing the community to create a physical and emotional connection to their urban Fabric.

Kelsey Myler

Kelsey Myler

Public Art Assistant

Kelsey (she/her) is a visual artist, curator, and arts administrator from Newfoundland. She is completing her BFA in Image Arts: Photographic Studies at Toronto Metropolitan University. Kelsey is passionate about supporting emerging artists, inclusive arts programming, and community-building.

Krupa Patel

Krupa Patel

Public Art Assistant

Krupa (she/her) is a public art assistant with a background in architecture from OCAD University. She’s passionate about bridging architectural design and arts management to curate experiential spaces to foster community building. Krupa loves scouting stories that inherit a history of nostalgia and melancholy.

Joaquín Varela

Joaquín Varela

Public Art Assistant

Joaquín (he/him) is a Latinx Colombian born visual artist, educator and placemaker. Passionate about nature and eco-conscious practices in public engagement, Joaquín is the co-founder of Roots to Bloom, a collective that aims to cultivate crucial relationships to the land and collective stewardship through placed-based community art-making.

Sar Wagman

Sar Wagman

Public Art Assistant

Sar Wagman (they/them) is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist. They are currently finishing their studies at OCAD University for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Life Studies. Their practice, specializing in sculpture and painting, is inspired by the ideas of human existence and sustainability, and how these connect with the natural sciences around us.

Kyle Jarencio

Kyle Jarencio

Documentarian

Kyle Jarencio (he/him) is a multimedia creative that uses storytelling and visual design to elevate digital communities. With a degree in Media Production from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson), he is an avid image-maker and podcaster propelled by the power of inclusive and intersectional narratives.

Anushay Sheikh

Anushay Sheikh

Documentarian

Anushay Sheikh (she/they) is a photographer and videographer who is passionate about visual storytelling as a form of resistance and empowerment for underrepresented communities. She studied Economics and Political Science at McGill University and will be pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson).

Selina McCallum

Selina McCallum

Documentarian

Selina (she/her) is an ambitious photographer and videographer who is responsible for much of STEPS’ visual storytelling. She graduated from the University of Windsor with double degrees in Digital Journalism, along with Communications Media and Film.

Board of Directors

  • Adam Molson (The Daniels Corporation, Board Chair)
  • Craig Hudson (Knixwear, Treasurer)
  • Robyn Small (Canadian Art Foundation, Member at Large)
  • Rich Appiah (Appiah Law, Member at Large)
  • Alexander Apostolopoulos (Hubba, Member at Large)
  • Jo Flatt (Allied REIT, Member at Large)

Advisory Network

  • Adrian Forrow (OCAD University)
  • Alica Hall (NIA Centre for the Arts)
  • Ann Pennicooke (Supervisor, Community Engagement, PAMA)
  • 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)
  • Hiba Abdallah (Assistant Professor, University of Toronto)
  • Jamaias DaCosta (Professional Artist, Writer, Performer)
  • Jennifer Smith (National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition)
  • Jill Andrew (MPP)
  • Jimmy Baptiste (Multidisciplinary Quebec-based artist)
  • Josh Heuman (Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery)
  • Katherine Kerr (Public Art Consultant, Alberta)
  • Keith Francis (Associate and Senior Director, Experience Outcomes, Forge Media + Design_
  • 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)
  • Stefan Hancherow (Associate Art Curator, RBC)
  • Tash Naveau (Indigenous Arts, Toronto Arts Council)
  • Umbereen Inayet (Curator, Nuit Blanche)
  • Zainab Abbasi (Planner, City of Mississauga)

Proud Members Of

Buy Social Canada

Neighbourhood Arts Network

City Parks Alliance

CARFAC

City of Toronto Diverse Supplier

Centre for Social Innovation

ArtBridges

Indigenous Curatorial Collective

CreativeGuild/Creative Mornings

Thank You for Your Support

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