Cultural Planning

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” — Jane Jacobs

Meaningful cultural planning contributes to the wellbeing of communities, fosters sense of belonging and local economies.

We can help you with:

  • cultural master planning
  • community arts program design
  • public art opportunity mapping
  • community asset mapping
  • cultural equity audits
  • public consultations

“It is great to work with STEPS in the beautification of the neighbourhood as well as improving overall arts and culture representation.” – Mark Garner, Downtown Yonge BIA

Interested in engaging us to help realize your community vision? 

  1. Email us with a bit of information on your goals.
  2. We will respond within two business days and set up a meeting.
  3. We will develop a custom proposal, unique to your needs.

Collaborating with STEPS allowed us to undertake a project that we had been envisioning for some time, transforming our streetscape and unifying our BIA catchment through art. We are so excited to continue the momentum ignited by this public art initiative.” – Natasha MacKinnon, Port Credit BIA


Current Projects

A close-up of a large public art mural on the side of a residential complex. It is a design of a film strip with each strip showcasing realistic images of nature, animals, and two Black children taking photos with disposable cameras

Shaping Space is a project designed for maximum participation among culturally and linguistically diverse Canadians. It will be facilitated through a combination of stakeholder roundtables, public conversations, and knowledge exchange strategies that leverage digital audio-visual content to both collect and share learnings around health equity related to public space access. 

Pedestrians admire Oksana Hawrylak's new fence banner of plants and flowers in Brockville, Ontario

Inspired Art Impact is a research project to develop and pilot a toolkit for central street community groups, Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), and city developers working to revive main streets and core spaces in cities. 

Past clients have included:

St. James Town Cultural Plan

STEPS was invited by the St. James Town Community Corner to facilitate a community-engaged cultural planning process that outlines a vision for arts and culture programming in the neighbourhood by highlighting community values and needs; identifying local stakeholders; and recommending actionable future directions for arts and culture initiatives.

“STEPS has been instrumental in developing a community-led plan that elevates the creativity and innovation taking place in St. James Town, creating new opportunities for creative participation for the entire community.”              – Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Toronto Centre

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