September 2022 Newsletter

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

STEPS will be closed on September 30 to remember the lost children and survivors of residential schools, and acknowledge the strength and resiliency of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Beyond this day, STEPS has an on-going commitment to cultivating safe spaces for Indigenous voices to be heard along with paid opportunities for Indigenous artists and arts workers. 

We are grateful to be learning as a member of the Indigenous Curatorial Collective (ICCA), through ongoing staff training on topics related to reconciliation, and from STEPS’ Indigenous Advisory Committee:

  • Bruno Canadien (Dene multi-disciplinary visual artist, Alberta)
  • Dee Barsy (Anishinaabe-Ojibwe painter and art educator, Manitoba)
  • Lindsey Lickers, Mushkiiki Nibi Kwe (Onkwehon:we / Anishinaabe artist & community developer, Ontario)
  • William Skura (Métis mental health, addictions, and Indigenous youth employment strategist, Ontario)

We encourage you to support Indigenous-led programs and events such as the ones listed by Culture Days, explore resources to expand your learning, and reflect on our privileges and actions to support Indigenous communities. 

Apply for Winter Art Activations!

Group shot of Hour Studio Space, Bloor West Village, and Wenting Li
The I HeART Main Street Program presented in partnership with RBC Royal Bank (as part of their Emerging Artists Program) is entering its fourth year of supporting Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), Northern and rural community groups, and artists in bringing public art to Canadian main streets! 

We are accepting BIA applications to participate in the upcoming winter program on a rolling basis until November 19th! Stay tuned to join a FREE online information session in October to meet fellow BIAs and support you through the application process. 

Artist Interview With Anna Jane McIntyre

Banner reads "Artist Interview with 2021 CreateSpace Artist in residenceAnna Jane McIntyre

As part of the STEPS Thought Leadership Blog series, we catch up with 2021 CreateSpace artist-in-residence Anna Jane McIntyre to learn about how the Montreal-based artist combines storytelling, installation and microactivism in her practice, and what it’s taught her about the importance of communication.

Coming Soon: Cultural Tourism Toolkit

A banner reads "Inspired Art Impact: A Toolkit for Mainstreet Cultural Tourism"

Announcing Inspired Art Impact, a new research project and toolkit in partnership with Toronto Metropolitan University investigating main street cultural tourism! Through research, interviews and analysis, this study aims to identify ways to improve main street vibrancy and demonstrate the value of public art in city spaces. 

We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the City of Toronto, MITACS, RBC Royal Bank, the Government of Ontario, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. The City of Toronto’s Main Street Innovation Fund is funded by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

Events/Opportunities

The Leslie Nymark Project by Jessey Phade Pacho, close up
On-going
Shaping Space Community Feedback

What does it mean to create welcoming, accessible and equitable public spaces? Share your thoughts to shape this STEPS research project that will lead to a final report and action plan to foster inclusive spaces. The form is available in English and French.

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

On-going
Cooksville Food Stories Survey

Inviting the Cooksville community to contribute to a new community project by sharing your unique memories and connections with food! The City of Mississauga has partnered with STEPS to celebrate Cooksville’s diversity, food culture and local businesses.

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

Oct 1 @ 7 PM
ArtworxTO at Nuit Blanche

Plan your evening of public art adventures and tours happening at Downsview Park for the finale of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022! STEPS is a proud supporter as an Outreach and Engagement Partner.

Public Art Near You!

Park Hangs for Café Artois
Yorkville Avenue, Toronto

As part of the Yorkville Mural Festival in partnership with STEPS and ArtworxTO, artist Jenn Kitagawa teamed up with Stella Artois to create a custom mural that celebrates community.

A drone shot shows Andre Kan and production team from above

Jaguar Valley Murals
Cooksville, Mississauga

Artists Andre Kan and Jieun June Kim completed ground and guardrail murals to animate the corner of Jaguar Valley Dr and Dundas St. E in collaboration with STEPS and the City of Mississauga.

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 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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