Media Adv: Public Space ARTivism: Launch of Exhibit that Puts the Public Back Into Public Art (Thurs. Dec 3)

TORONTO, November 26th, 2015 – In collaboration with Toronto Public Library, the STEPS Initiative is excited to announce the launch of an art exhibit titled “Public Space ARTivism: Using art to connect people to public spaces” at the Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre on December 3rd 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Light refreshments will be served. From 6:30pm-7:00pm STEPS staff will speak the exhibited works and the community art projects over the years that they capture. Throughout the evening, guests will be invited to share their thoughts on public art through interactive activities.

The STEPS Initiative is an award winning public arts organization that builds the capacity of citizens to take action in creating more vibrant and connected communities. They use art to connect people to public spaces, by: reimagining under-utilized spaces into urban canvases; leveraging local community assets; facilitating large-scale public space revitalizations; building youth capacity and articulating creative solutions to urban challenges.

STEPS calls their work Public Space ARTivism. Since 2010, they have engaged thousands of Torontonians of all ages, and created some of the world’s most innovative public art installations – the World’s Tallest Mural at the heart of our city.

“Unlocking local creativity and assets is at the heart of what we do. We see our role as providing a platform to realize the potential that Torontonians already embody” says STEPS’ Founding Director, Alexis Kane Speer. “We’re thrilled to be sharing some of this visually documented work through an exhibition at an institution that has been a long standing community asset – the library.”

The exhibit provides a glimpse into STEPS’ work turning city streets into the real public gallery, with citizens as its curators. Photographic images stretch across STEPS’ portfolio, featuring local artists, community and youth collaborators, while showcasing the diverse directions that communities across the GTA have pushed local projects.

Several of Toronto Public Library’s branches offer exhibition space to local artists for one month at a time, which include all 2-D media. The Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre is a multi-use City owned facility that includes a publicly run library, arts programs and an adaptable performing/exhibition space.


WHEN: Opening on December 3, 2015 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Exhibit ongoing from December 2nd to December 31st, 2015.

WHERE: Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre (closest intersection is Oakwood Ave and Rogers Rd)

VISUALS: Photographic images will be on display; STEPS staff and collaborators will be available for interviews; guests will be invited to join interactive activities and enjoy refreshments.


Media Contact:

  • Alexis Kane-Speer, Founding Director, STEPS 647-999-0213 or

  • @STEPSinitiative on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


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