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.

Propelling Toronto onto the global public art map

Initiating world-class cultural exchanges

Cultivating opportunities for local talent, in part through engaging a roster of over 120 artists.


Building Capacity

through unique training, mentoring, and equitably-paid opportunities.

Youth Civic Leadership Development

Artistic and Business Development for Emerging Artists

Professional Development and Technical Skill-Sharing for Early Career Artists

Community Engagement

arts creation

Temporary space animations

Environmentally conscious interventions

Public Realm Innovation

Bringing Culture and City-Building through
our Social Enterprise – PATCH

Creating new cultural values

Innovating Wayfinding

Digital Residencies

Engaging Diverse Communities

Working outside the core
, with a focus on Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs)

Employing a recruitment philosophy targeted at equity-seeking youth

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