July 2022 Newsletter

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Disability Pride Month

At STEPS, we are committed to amplifying the work of equity-seeking artists and communities. We will continue to listen, learn and expand the ways we can better support equity-seeking artists in Canada’s most diverse communities. This summer, STEPS is working with Accessibility Consultant Spark Clarity to make our spaces and programs more inclusive and accessible. We also encourage you to visit YouthREX for more Disability Pride resources and to share your feedback with STEPS on where we can do better.

Reimagining Community Engagement Panel Talk

A graphic with a photograph on the top half of community members wearing face masks and participating in a park event together. In the top left corner is the STEPS logo. The bottom half of the graphic is a blue background with white text that says “2022 CreateSpace Panel Talk. Reimagining Community Engagement” with the date of the event on July 27, 2022 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM ET hosted via Zoom and Facebook Live.
Register for this free virtual panel talk on July 27 exploring how we can engage our communities to create inclusive public spaces. Moderated by Anna Jane McIntyre with panelists Lindsey Lickers, Mushkiiki Nibi Kwe, Jaime Calayo and Kayla Bernard, join us via Zoom (French translation, ASL and LSQ interpretation, and simultaneous French translation available) and Facebook Live.

This event is presented by STEPS as part of the 2022 CreateSpace Public Art Residency and Shaping Space: Culturally Responsive Public Spaces

Interview with Yasmeen Nematt Alla

A close up image shows artist Yasmeen Nematt Alla holding a card as part of her interactive art project "Commuting and other lonely thoughts" A teal graphic below reads: "STEPS Blog Series, artist interview with Yasmeen Nematt Alla, 2021 CreateSpace Artist-In-Residence"

Read the first artist interview in the STEPS Thought Leadership Blog Series and learn about the inspiration behind Yasmeen Nematt Alla’s CreateSpace Residency project, Commuting and Other Lonely Thoughts. 

In conversation with Cultural Content Writer Eva Morrison, the 2021 artist-in-residence discusses her interactive work and the importance of public art that facilitates community-building, connection, and storytelling.

Register: Hair and Art Workshops!

A participant sits and gets their hair done at "The Mane Event" workshop in Torontoi, hosted by D'Andra Montaque of Empress Mane

Join STEPS and project partner and founder of Empress Mane, D’Andra Montaque and fellow artists and stylists in The Mane Event, a community arts series in Toronto’s Little Jamaica that speaks to the importance of hair in Black culture. Register to the final family-friendly workshops of the series on August 7 that will culminate in a community art exhibit and new public mural!


A teal text reads "Apply today! IPAC Public Art Assistant"

Deadline: Today MIDNIGHT (EDT)!
Hiring: Public Art Assistant 

Apply to this opportunity to support the work of artists and the development of community arts collaborations!

A close up photo shows the 200 Wellesley St. Mural by Sean Martindale

Deadline: August 8, 2022
Apply: STEPS Board of Directors

We’re expanding our Board and seeking up to five Members at Large with diverse skill-sets and passion for transforming public spaces into vibrant places!

a participant paints at an event in the From Weeds We Grow public art programming

August 13, 2022 @ 11 to 4 PM ET
From Weeds We Grow Park Event

Join the community in Toronto’s Panorama Park for free creative workshops, storytelling, and exploration of community-based approaches to public space.

Public Art Near You!

Stephanie Babij engages the community in her participative mural in Ottawa

ArtsPark Art Wall 
(Parkdale Park, Ottawa)

CreateSpace artist-in-residence Stephanie Babij collaborated with Wellington West BIA and MASC on a community-engaged mural representing the natural environment and energy flow in nature.

A street view shows the beaches sandbo mural by Bareket Kezwer on Queen Street East in Toronto

Fun is Important 
(2181 Queen St. E, Toronto)

This 4,000 square foot public art project by Bareket Kezwer includes two murals that were inspired by the excitement and joy shared during the 11 arts workshops and 14 hours of community engagement conducted with youth in The Beach community. 


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 Sima Naseem and Yen Linh Thai pose with their lamp post murals

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, including $315,000 in 2022 alone.

Consider making a donation to support this important work! 

Thanks to our funders and supporters

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