October 2022 Newsletter

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Save The Date for Giving Tuesday

A group of people painting outdoors on a long standing panel. An apartment building is in the distance.
STEPS is thrilled to participate in Giving Tuesday on November 29. This is a global day of giving to raise funds and support the mission of charities and organizations that are positively transforming communities. 

Make communities smile and shine with public art this Giving Tuesday with STEPS! Learn how you can bring more public art and bring more smiles to your community in collaboration with STEPS!

Artist Call and Information Session:
CreateSpace Public Art Forum

Landscape Tile reads: Call for Artists, apply by Nov 27, 2022"

Applications are open for the 2023 CreateSpace Public Art Forum, a digital forum that will virtually convene 50 participants who identify as Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), racialized, rural and/or youth with disabilities and between the ages of 18-25. Participants will have a chance to engage with online talks by professional artists, create artistic responses, and gain skills to expand emerging public art practices. Register for the November 8 information session and apply by November 27!

Hiring: Cultural Planning Manager

Landscape Tile Reads: Now Hiting: Cultural Planning Manager"

Have experience leading collaborative cultural planning and research initiatives? STEPS is hiring a Cultural Planning Manager to spearhead strategic cultural planning, placemaking programming, and public art initiatives. This role is open to candidates across Canada and applications are accepted until November 14 at 12 PM ET.

STEPS Blog: Community-Engaged Public Art in Montréal

Landscape tile reads: "STEPS Thought Leadership Blog: Montreal: What can we learn from one of North America's most creative cities?"
Montréal has a reputation as Canada’s ‘artsy’ city, with community-minded public art, open-air galleries, and spaces for play at the core of its main streets. This month on the STEPS Thought Leadership blog, discover how other cities in North America can follow Montréal’s collaborative model– and already are!


The Leslie Nymark Project by Jessey Phade Pacho, close up

Oct 27 @ 6 PM ET
CreateSpace Digital Media Talk

Register to the free virtual panel discussion on how digital art is revolutionizing public art with panelists Kathleen Buckley, Nuff and Miriam Arbus. This event is hosted by STEPS as part of the CreateSpace Residency and Shaping Space.

The Leslie Nymark Project by Jessey Phade Pacho, close up

Nov 8 @ 7 PM ET
CreateSpace Public Art Forum Information Session

Learn more about the program and how to apply during this free virtual information session hosted via Zoom.

Graphic for Reimagining Community Engagement shows a group of participants in a free park activation
Shaping Space Community Feedback

Share your thoughts on what welcoming and equitable public spaces mean to you. Your contribution will support the research and action plan behind Shaping Space to foster more inclusive spaces.

Close up shot of artwork by Yen Linh Thai for Nu Age Fish, showing a photocollage of fish and humans enjoying a meal
Deadline: Late Nov
I HeART Main Street BIA Application

Bring festive and innovative public art projects to your communities this winter! Learn more about I HeART Main Street presented in partnership with RBC and apply today.

The Leslie Nymark Project by Jessey Phade Pacho, close up
Deadline: Nov 16
Call for Artists: Bijou on Bloor

Plazacorp and STEPS are thrilled to announce a new collaboration to showcase community artwork on the construction hoarding exhibit in Toronto’s Bloor West Village. If you’re an artist from the area, apply for the opportunity to create commissioned artwork!

Close up shot of artwork by Yen Linh Thai for Nu Age Fish, showing a photocollage of fish and humans enjoying a meal

STEPS Speaking Engagement
Creative City Summit

STEPS facilitated peer-to-peer sessions during the summit in Waterloo, Ontario that explored building capacity for more equitable public art and creating a culture of community and collaboration.Thank you Creative City Network for welcoming us and our co-presenters! Interested in having us speak with your group? Contact us today!

Public Art Near You!

A drone shot shows Andre Kan and production team from above

Our Crowns Mural

529 Oakwood Avenue, Toronto

The Mane Event culminated in a mural by Curtia Wright, highlighting stories of resilience and self-care shared by community members, recognizing Black hair as an art form in Black culture, and an integral part of the cultural fabric of Little Jamaica and Oakwood Village.

Artist Sharon Trottier with street poles in Hamilton are animated with vinyl wraps

Vinyl Pole Wraps

Hamilton, Ontario

Indigenous artists Sharon Trottier and Mishiikenh Kwe/Autumn Smith created street pole wraps that reflect and celebrate the Indigenous history and presence in the Hamilton area as part of I HeART Main Street.

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

Beading circle at Rowntree Mills Park
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 ahead of Giving Tuesday 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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