August 2022 Newsletter

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What is Creative Placemaking?

A graphic reads "What is Creative Placemaking?" for STEPS Thought Leadership Blog
You may have heard the term ‘creative placemaking’ used in urban development projects, public art proposals or neighbourhood revitalization plans. But what does it really look like in our everyday spaces?  In this month’s STEPS Blog article, learn about the history of the term and discover how creative placemaking initiatives can work to make our public spaces more liveable.

Artmaking and Mural Ideation Workshops!

A colorful mural by Curtia Wright in Toronto shows two figures in harmony
Register for in-person art-making, mural ideation and play sessions with artists Curtia Wright and Franceta Johnson on Aug 27 and Sept 10! These sessions will shape the production of a new permanent public art mural in Toronto’s Little Jamaica, as part of The Mane Event community arts series that speaks to the importance of hair in Black culture and expression of identity.

Final Celebrations at Panorama Park!

Graphic reads "park Activation Number 4"
Join artists and storytellers for the last free park event on Sept 17 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM ET as part of From Weeds We Grow, an interdisciplinary public art project connecting the community through creative workshops, Indigenous teachings and park walks in Toronto’s Rexdale neighbourhood. This event includes a Medicinal Walk with Traditional Healer and Knowledge Keeper James Carpenter, Grey Cloud, and park explorations through the 2022 Activity Booklet and interactive web app

Events/Opportunities

Victoria Arts Council Facade has a spot that reads "ART HERE" for its call for art
Deadline: September 1, 2022
Call for BIPOC Artists

Victoria Arts Council (VAC) and STEPS invites Victoria-based artists to submit artwork for a temporary two-dimensional exterior sign that will be digitally printed and installed on VAC’s main gallery space in Old Town.

The Artworx TO Hub Mural in Downsview
On-going
ALLSTYLE Mural Production

Visit ArtworxTO Hub NORTH in Toronto’s Downsview Park to see the collaboration by nine BIPOC artists bringing unique styles and cultural identities to this 360 foot long mural. STEPS is thrilled to support ArtworxTO as an Outreach and Engagement Partner to shine light on public art across the city!

Graphic for Reimagining Community Engagement shows a group of participants in a free park activation
Past Recording
Reimagining Community Engagement

Missed last month’s panel discussion on how to inspire more inclusive spaces through community engagement? Watch the recording or listen along in French or English, and provide feedback on your experience!

Public Art Near You!

A picnic bench with a mosaic of hearts
Mosaic Picnic Tables
(Oakwood Village Public Library, Toronto)

Artist Mehtap Mertdogan facilitated a free mosaic-making workshop and revitalized outdoor tables for Oakwood Village BIA as part of I HeART Main Street presented in partnership with RBC Royal Bank to foster community and creativity!

Artist Connie Wheaton stands in front of her BMO mural in Fredericton
The Winsome Capital Mural
(Fredericton, New Brunswick)

Artist Connie Wheaton’s interior mural at the BMO Fredericton Main Branch location was inspired by the cityscape and community as part of the BMO National Mural Series with STEPS. Stay tuned for more murals at your local bank branch! .

Resources For You

Supporting artists and arts workers, especially those who face barriers in accessing public art opportunities, is at the core of STEPS’ mandate. Below are resources and current opportunities on our radar. You can also visit Community Resources for additional learning opportunities.

 

Building Community During COVID

Artists Peru Dryer Jalea and Leyland Adams pose with the Love Yourself Mural and Willowdale BIA
Thanks to contributions from community members like you, STEPS has supported over 150 public art initiatives and made over $895,000 in direct payments to Canadian artists and designers since the start of the pandemic. Consider making a donation to support this important work! 

Thanks to our funders and supporters

Funder and supporter logos including Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Government, Government of Canada, City of Toronto, Ontario Trillium Foundation, RBC Royal Bank, TD Bank Group, CIBC, Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts, Partners in Art, Bulmash-Siegel Foundation
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