January 2022 Newsletter


Call for 2022 Residency Artists

Calling emerging and mid-career level artists! Apply to the 2022 CreateSpace Public Art Residency, a national program supporting Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and racialized artists in realizing projects in their community. Explore last year’s residency and take part in this year’s program which will run from March to December.

CreateSpace is funded by the City of Toronto as part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021–2022, TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment, and Canada Council for the Arts.

Public Art Forum in Full Swing!

The CreateSpace Public Art Forum began earlier this month with virtual workshops by artist facilitators and a special Keynote Speaker event with Lori Blondeau. This program is an opportunity for emerging artists across Canada to develop public art practices, engage with peers and established artists, and produce artistic responses to the workshops that challenge inequities existing in public space, and an example of STEPS’ artist capacity building initiatives.

 Supported by Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, and CIBC, the forum runs until January 30, 2022 with programming accessible to the public.


Lunar New Year Celebrations (Late Jan)

Yue Moon 完滿: Tiger With Wings 如虎添翼 celebrates 180+ artworks created by workshop participants culminating in lanterns animating Toronto’s Chinatown at 519 Dundas St W. This exhibit is also part of the 2022 DesignTO Festival

Artmaking Workshops (Sundays in Feb)

Join Bareket Kezewer for family-friendly virtual workshops in support of a new mural coming to the Toronto Beaches Sandbox Community Hub! If the event you would like to attend is full, email margaux@stepspublicart.org to be placed on a waitlist!

Brampton 1-Minute Community Surveys  

STEPS and the City of Brampton want to hear from you! Share your feedback on the Traffic Box Art Pilot Project and Window Activation Project, and how public art impacts the streets of Brampton.

I HeART Main Street BIA Program (Ongoing)

Join the 50+ Business Improvement Areas across Ontario who have accessed artist fee subsidies and placemaking support. We still have a few spaces for Spring 2022 activations. Apply to the program today to build stronger communities through public art!

Public Art Near You!

Leslie Nymark Mural Unveiling

Congratulations to Jessey (Phade) Pacho, collaborating artists, Toronto Community Housing, Tridel, and Leslie Nymark residents on the completion of a community-driven mural! This project celebrates the stories of new and returning tenants of this North York community. 

NoVacancy Storefront Activations

Spot 4 new vibrant storefronts by the talents of 7 artists and youth along Finch Ave W, North York in DUKE Heights! This project is supported by the City of Toronto’s StrollTO initiative and STEPS’ I HeART Main Street BIA program for pandemic recovery.

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

Thanks to contributions from community members like you, STEPS has supported over 150 public art initiatives and made over $650,000 in direct payments to Canadian artists and designers since the start of the pandemic, including over $450,000 in 2021 alone.

Consider making a donation to support this important work!

Thanks to our funders and supporters

STEPS funder and supporter logos of Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Government of Canada, Ontario Government, City of Toronto, Ontario Trillium Foundation, RBC, TD, CIBC, Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts, Partners in Art

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