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COVID-19 Creative Placemaking Rapid-response (CPR)
Across the world, communities are stepping up to obstacles brought on by COVID-19. Cultural events are cancelled. Once lively streets and parks are empty or restricted.
STEPS can help you respond to these difficult circumstances!
Our Creative Placemaking Rapid-response (CPR) initiative is a limited pro-bono consulting service for municipalities, BIA’s, community and nonprofit organizations or businesses. Our team will provide you with a one hour of consultation free of charge. As needed, follow-up consultations may be available. We can help you:
Brainstorm solutions to public space challenges through a cultural lens
Transform spaces to meet the changing needs of your community or workplace
Produce public artwork in response to (or in spite of) the current pandemic
Align your cultural project or service to support your community’s current critical needs
Adjust placemaking project schedules, contracts and policies for enhanced feasibility
Engage your community, whether neighbours, colleagues or clients while physical distancing
Facilitate equitable outreach, recruitment and selection processes for creative projects
Build the case for incorporating public art in the pandemic recovery period
Connect with new networks and potential partners for increased capacity
By partnering with us for a deeper impact on medium to long-term placemaking initiatives
“People need a strong feeling of community and a reason to shop local. Public art is critical in fostering emotional connections to an area.”
– Danforth Mosaic Business Improvement Area
“We believe that placemaking has the power to help revitalize our main streets, and plays a vital role in a holistic, local economic recovery plan”
– Tasneem Bandukwala, Gerrard India Bazaar BIA
If you are interested in our CPR services, send us a message. STEPS will schedule a consultation meeting with you.
Not all people and communities are experiencing the pandemic in the same way. STEPS will place particular emphasis on prioritizing requests from communities of colour, Indigenous and other equity-seeking communities.
Past clients include:
STEPS provided free placemaking services, artist fee subsidies, and promotional support to Business Improvement Areas to host art installations that increase feelings of trust and community across Toronto and Peel main streets as part of their pandemic recovery efforts.
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