Transforming Communities with Professional Public Art Management
Renaissance of Mother Gaia
ELAD Canada worked with STEPS to develop a series of public art installations in Toronto’s west end. Artist Jacquie Comrie transforms the space through colour to encourage wellness and well-being with Renaissance of Mother Gaia.
Knightstone Capital worked with STEPS to reimagine a 23-storey residence building that transforms Toronto’s skyline. Alongside international artist Okuda San Miguel, the Equilibrium Mural public art installation also provided paid opportunities for local mural artists and cultural programming for local residents.
BMO National Mural Series
The BMO National Mural Series is a program launched by BMO in partnership with STEPS that connects local artists to BMO branches across Canada to activate community spaces through public art.
About Public Art Management
Our public art management services range from public art consulting, shortlisting and hiring artists and project evaluation to bringing a public art installation from start to finish. STEPS public art management services are known for being:
- Iconic: Our landmark public art installations have included some of the World’s Tallest Murals
- Cost-effective: We tailor our services to produce unique installations within your timeline and budget
- Expert: We have the latest knowledge in municipal policy, permits and artistic trends to produce innovative works and navigate complex processes
- Transformational: Our customized approach meets the needs of your site by reflecting and contributing to the character of communities
Interested in engaging with STEPS to jump-start your public art management and art installation goals? Have an idea for a large-scale commercial mural or complex multimedia installation? Take a look at our process to help realize your public art vision for your community.
Step 1: Think about your public art installation goals. Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to learn more about public art management and the services available.
Step 2: Contact STEPS with information about your goals and ideas.
Step 3: We will respond within two (2) business days and set up a meeting.
Step 4: STEPS will develop a custom proposal unique to your public art management and consulting needs after the meeting.
Hear From STEPS Collaborators!
Katie Fong (Director Asset Management, Slate)
“We couldn’t have anticipated the positive response and interest that the mural has generated from the community. The success of this project has given us a new energy and way to look at how we would like to see the area develop.”
David Barrick (Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton)
Who funds public art?
What counts as public art?
Public art has changed rapidly in recent years, with exciting new methods and mediums becoming popular in the field. All kinds of artistic animations count as public art, from large scale commercial murals, to temporary seasonal installations like decorated warming stations, construction hoarding exhibits, audiovisual works like the Interconnected Mural, or public performances like Charmaine Lurch’s project I am Lucie, I am Thornton.
Why is public art management important?
STEPS’ public art management service brings our extensive knowledge and experience to your project to ensure a smooth, positive public art installation. Our roster of professional artists and staff of urban planners, public art managers, and placemaking professionals are excited to tackle your public art ideas!
Can we engage an artist of our liking, or do we have to work with one from the STEPS Roster?
STEPS has an extensive roster of artists based in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and a growing network of artists across the country. Based on the project requirements, we can suggest artists from this roster or create a tailor-made shortlist for our partners. We also facilitate local, provincial and national Calls for Artists.
How do I hire a mural artist for my commercial building mural project?
Contact STEPS with additional details about your mural project idea to see how we can help you hire a mural artist or provide you with resources to support your initiative.
c/o Art Hub 27
39 Queens Quay E, Suite 100
Toronto, ON, M5E 0A4
P: 1-888-STEPS-80 / 1-888-783-7780
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