We believe that Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) are the heart of our communities. STEPS supports BIAs of all sizes to foster meaningful business-community relationships, and cultivate cultural destinations that attract visitors from both near and far.
“Collaborating with STEPS got folks out onto our streets in a safe and comfortable way” – Cabbagetown BIA
Our main street recovery supports include:
- community asset mapping
- community cultural planning
- street furniture design or revitalization
- storefront animations
- mural productions
- call-for-artists facilitation
- creative sidewalk decals
- permanent public art management
- CafeTO and CurbTO activations
Not sure what type of project is right for your BIA?
Interested in developing a project that you can secure external funding to produce?
Nervous about not having the expertise to deliver on your BIA’s vision?
Learn more about how your BIA can partner with STEPS to strengthen your funding request or facilitate your main street recovery project by contacting us today!
“Activations at our parklets provided people with a comfortable and beautiful space to work, read a book, or have a meal with friends and family. It attracted people to stay, and the art elevated the experience of the area.” – Toronto Chinatown BIA
I HeART Main Street: artist fee subsidies, STEPS coaching, and up to $30,000 in prizes for BIAs.
The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative is providing community groups with up to $250,000 to support their public space projects. STEPS can support your BIA in bringing your public space idea to life!
(2nd Application Opens: May 14, 2021)
STEPS is looking for site partners to host the artworks of Black, Indigenous and racialized artists who are taking part in our CreateSpace BIPOC Public Art Residency program during summer / fall 2021!
“It was nice to feel part of a network of BIAs and other organizations through STEPS’ Main Street Art Challenge. It helped create some light and life during ongoing difficult times for local businesses.” – Riverside BIA
Past clients have Included:
Strong main streets, build stronger communities.
Main Street Art Challenge 2020
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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