June 2022 Newsletter

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Happy Pride from STEPS!

Okuda San Miguel's Equilibrium Mural
Join STEPS this month and all year-round in celebrating and empowering the works and achievements of LGBTQQIP2SAA+ artists and community members. Check out free events happening in your city through Pride at Work’s ProPride 2022: Resurgence, explore public art projects such as the Celebrating Queer Black Lives Mural, last summer’s Queer Gardens, and the 2018 Equilibrium Mural, and dive into learning resources (including podcasts, articles, and toolkits).

STEPS Blog: Indigenous Placemaking in Public Libraries

An Image of Education is the New Buffalo Sculpture installed at the Calgary Public Library
In recognizing and celebrating the contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples this past National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, 2022, the latest STEPS Thought Leadership Blog covers emerging public art projects that address Truth and Reconciliation specific to libraries, archives, and cultural memory institutions.  Read the full article to learn about Indigenous-led placemaking, group art activities, and advisory committees taking place in public libraries across Turtle Island. 

I HeART Main Street Enters Third Summer!

Since the start of the pandemic, I HeART Main Street presented in partnership with RBC continues to support Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) and artists in bringing public art to main streets to boost economic recovery and community engagement. This program is accepting applications to bring creative summer placemaking ideas to life! Rewatch the information session, hear from artists about the impact of public art, and apply by June 28, 2022.

Call for STEPS Board Members

An Image of Education is the New Buffalo Sculpture installed at the Calgary Public Library
With an ambitious growth plan for the next five years, STEPS is expanding our Board of Directors comprised of deeply passionate and hardworking individuals who provide strategic foresight and expertise to the organization. If you are passionate about the arts and meet the qualifications, consider applying by August 8, 2022! 


An action shot shows participants painting at From Weeds We Grow events
Multiple Dates (July-Sept)
From Weeds We Grow at Panorama Park

Take part in free visual arts and creative writing workshops, storytelling, Indigenous teachings, and park walks! This program is an interdisciplinary public art project connecting communities to the arts, each other, and public spaces.

Close up shot of Curtia Wright's Mural
Multiple Dates (July-August)
The Mane Event

Join STEPS and local entrepreneur D’Andra Montaque for a series of free community hair and art workshops in Toronto’s Little Jamaica! This community arts series speaks to the importance of hair in Black culture, recognizing hair as art and an expression of identity.

Photograph of a construction hoarding that has a mural printed on it. The artwork features imagery of scenes from a park like green parks, animals, cars and people exercising and walking their dogs. It has a lot of bright colours with the city skyline in the background.

Free Accessibility in Public Art Videos

Missed the last accessibility panel discussion? View the collection of past virtual talks with artists and cultural workers as offered through CreateSpace and supported by the Bulmash-Siegel Foundation.

Public Art Near You!

Interior mural with bright teal, orange, and red tones in a BMO office
Interconnection Audio Stories 
(Toronto, Ontario)

Visit the Interconnection Mural at Paul Martel Park in the Bloor Annex and use the STEPS app to hear more about the legends and knowledge of Indigenous worldview, culture, and ancient stories!

Mushroom and plant banner by Oksana Hawrylak in Downtown Brockville
Moving Forward Mural 
(Mississauga, Ontario)

Artist Matthew Salisbury animates the city’s diversity, architecture and community energy in this interior mural at the Erin Mills BMO Branch as part of the BMO National Mural Series.

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

Participants at the Safe Flight Home Art Crawl
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

Three rows of logos including 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, TFVA, Partners in Art, Bulmash-Siegel Foundation
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