STEPS has received numerous awards for our high-impact public art projects. Notably, we received the inaugural national Culture Days Innovative Event Award; the NXT City Prize, and Imagination Catalyst Best Social Enterprise Award by OCAD University.
We have provided public exhibition opportunities to hundreds of artists and civic engagement opportunities to thousands of community members. We have mentored numerous social-service agencies, Councillors, and local businesses on using placemaking initiatives to foster more vibrant communities.
Since 2011, we have facilitated:
- 140 public art installations
- 10,000+ community members engaged
- 900 youth engaged
- 200+ artists mentored
Our work has been featured in popular and academic publications that include the CBC, The Globe and Mail, and BlogTO, and our team has been invited to share our work at numerous international conferences, but our best impact stories come direct from our community collaborators
Some of our most impactful projects engage Toronto’s most diverse and underserved communities. We are committed to working in Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) and with a cross-section of underserved identity-based communities.
We are always working toward creating an inclusive organizational culture. We encourage, support, and celebrate the diverse voices of our team. Our approach fuels our innovation and connects us closer to the communities we serve.
At STEPS, we believe that public spaces—as sites of community—are disappearing. It is our mission to validate diverse lived experiences, celebrate local culture, and foster inclusive spaces for people to gather, connect and participate in building vibrant cities. If you’re aligned with us, we’d love to meet you.
STEPS is a Canada Revenue Agency–registered charity, and welcomes financial contributions to our free community engaged arts and capacity building programming.
Buy Social Canada recognizes us as an accredited Social Enterprise. We are a certified Diverse Supplier through the City of Toronto’s procurement program.
By engaging a social enterprise, you are aligning yourself with our values and are able to serve your Community Benefits Agreement requirements.