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WHAT WE DO

STEPS is a Toronto-based cultural organization.

We have the relationships, experience, and knowledge to undertake any public art initiative in Canada.

STEPS creates one-of-a-kind public art plans, installations and engagement strategies that:

  • meet your public art and placemaking needs
  • transform your space into a cultural destination
  • foster stronger relationships with your community
  • showcase the talent of diverse Canadian artists

STEPS is a CRA registered charity, and welcomes financial contributions towards our free community arts programs. 

 
OUR IMPACT
STEPS has received numerous awards for our high-impact programs, including the inaugural national Culture Days Innovative Event Award; the NXT City Prize, and Imagination Catalyst Best Social Enterprise Award from OCAD University.

Since 2011, we have produced:

  • 200+ public art installations
  • 400+ paid artist opportunities
  • 1,000+ youth leadership opportunities
  • 10,000+ community engagement opportunities 

Our work has been featured by media including CBC, The Globe and Mail, BlogTO, and academic journals, while our team has been invited to speak at international conferences.

 

Our inclusive approach

We believe that great public art has the ability to challenge the systemic inequities that exist in public space. We are particularly interested in supporting the work of artists who identify as emerging, Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour, female-identified, LGBTTQQIAAP and newcomers, as well as amplifying the voices of equity-seeking communities. We are always working to cultivate an inclusive organizational culture. We encourage, support and celebrate the diversity of our team. This approach fuels our innovation and connects us closer to the communities we serve. 

 

Our TEAM

ALEXIS KANe SPEER

ALEXIS KANe SPEER

Executive Director

Alexis is responsible for STEPS’ strategic planning, partnership development and fundraising activities. Inspired by the city and the people who bring it to life, Alexis has 15+ years experience leading community-based public art, space and capacity building initiatives. She has received numerous awards recognizing her work as a
city builder.

ANJULI SOLANKI

ANJULI SOLANKI

Program Director (on maternity leave)

Anjuli oversees STEPS’ community and agency programs, including developing the partnerships that make them possible. She is a painter and public artist with 15+ years in community engagement, public programming and urban research.

BEBHINN JENNINGS

BEBHINN JENNINGS

Program Director (interim)

Bebhinn is responsible for managing STEPS’ community programming, including our artist capacity building programming. In the last decade of her creative practice, Bebhinn focused on developing interdisciplinary and intergenerational arts programs that build a sense of community, develop new skills and expose participants to opportunities within the arts sector.

 

 

RENEE CASTONGUAY

RENEE CASTONGUAY

Program Coordinator

Renee facilitates STEPS’ community engagement and program delivery activities. She is a visual artist and arts administrator passionate about community-building, creative expression, and improving access in the arts.

PRANETI KULKARNI

PRANETI KULKARNI

Placemaking Coordinator

Praneti coordinates STEPS’ placemaking services. She is a narrative environments designer who loves exploring multiple layers of the physical and digital spaces that help people navigate cities. Praneti loves the imperfections of handcrafted objects and their stories.

WANDY CHENG

WANDY CHENG

Engagement Coordinator

Wandy supports STEPS’ community engagement and program delivery. She is an illustrator with a passion for cultural initiatives that bring positive impact to cities and strives to deepen her understanding of public art and community engagement.

 

Janet Hinkle

Janet Hinkle

Program Coordinator

Janet coordinates STEPS’ public art projects and artist capacity building programs. She is a multidisciplinary artist and arts administrator passionate about shared histories and community building. She is driven to explore concepts around equity, diversity, gender rights and mixed race identity.

JOSH FRANCIS

JOSH FRANCIS

Communications Assistant

Josh supports STEPS’ outreach and communications activities. He is passionate about promoting community programs that both engage local residents and make creative initiatives more accessible for all. He is also a wordsmith with a zeal for poetry and prose.

ALEXANDRA LAMBROPOULOS

ALEXANDRA LAMBROPOULOS

Placemaking Assistant

Alexandra supports STEPS’ placemaking services. She is passionate about the arts, the environment, urban planning, and the creative ways that they intersect to enhance our cities and promote the vibrance of our communities.

KIRA CHEN

KIRA CHEN

Program Assistant

Kira is a fourth-year student specializing in the technology of architecture at the University of Toronto who is passionate about architecture, design, the arts, and how they are integrated into the urban fabric.

Selina Mccallum

Selina Mccallum

Documentarian

Selina supports STEPS’ visual storytelling work. She is a hardworking, ambitious photographer and videographer. She graduated from the University of Windsor in spring 2019 with a double degree in Digital Journalism and Communications Media and Film.

Jackie Zhang

Jackie Zhang

Program Assistant

Jackie assists STEPS’ outreach initiatives and administration. He is a photographer interested in urban landscapes, and how communities engage and value public spaces. Jackie is entering his final year at Ryerson University pursuing his BA in Creative Industries.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

RICH APPIAH

Appiah Law
Board Chair

CRAIG HUDSON

Knixwear
Treasurer

ADAM MOLSON

The Daniels Corporation
Secretary

MOJAN JIANFAR

City of Mississauga
Member at Large

ALEXANDER APOSTOLOPOULOS

Hubba
Member at Large

JO FLATT

Allied REIT
Member at Large

ROBYN SMALL

Canadian Art Foundation
Member at Large

OUR VALUES

Artistic Excellence

Diversity

Capacity Building

Community Engagement

Public Realm Innovation

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