The STEPS Initiative

STEPS is an award winning charity that bridges culture, community, and city-building by animating unlikely spaces with unlikely partners.

We seek to inspire cities across Canada and around the world to create welcoming public spaces that reflect and celebrate local community through artistic excellence.

BUILDING CAPACITY

  • Providing a platform for youth to develop civic leadership skills
  • Incubating youth-led arts collectives and projects
  • Engaging young people to think critically on public space and design issues
  • Support community agencies in leading grassroots initiatives

FACILITATING GRASSROOTS PLACEMAKING

  • Asset-based program design and delivery
  • Participatory arts creation
  • Temporary space animations

BRIDGING CULTURE AND CITY-BUILDING

  • Public realm innovation through our social enterprise – PATCH
  • Community-led cultural planning
  • Creating new cultural venues
  • Inclusive and functional public art development

ENGAGING DIVERSE COMMUNITIES

  • Working outside the core, with a focus on Neighbourhood Improvement Areas
  • Equity-seeking recruitment philosophy to program and operational recruitment
  • Respecting local knowledge and diverse lived experiences

PROPELLING TORONTO ONTO THE GLOBAL PUBLIC ART MAP

 

  • Pushing artistic and technical boundaries
  • Initiating world-class cultural exchanges
  • Facilitating unique training, mentorship and equitably paid opportunities

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