Opportunities

The STEPS Initiative is an award-winning charitable cultural organization 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 and have been responsible for some of Canada’s largest and most innovative public art initiatives. Our award-winning social enterprise, PATCH is a public arts agency that improves the urban experience for local residents and visitors alike by transforming vacant urban spaces into an ongoing curated exhibition.

CALL FOR COMMUNITY-LED PUBLIC ARTS PROJECTS Seeking Support: 

 

  • Have a community project that you’re struggling to launch?
  • A place you’ve identified for public art but are unsure how to make it happen?
  • An identified cultural programming gap in your community, but not sure how to fill it?

Since 2011, STEPS has supported BIAs, community groups, and social service agencies across the GTA in realizing projects that foster vibrant public spaces and encourage diverse participation in arts-based initiatives.

WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR PROJECT IDEA!

If you’re a non arts-based community group, STEPS may be able to help you through:

  • sharing our knowledge and expertise in: project management, partnership development, public outreach, program facilitation, artist recruitment, design development, onsite production and community engagement
  • supporting a host organization in funding requests through identifying opportunities, grant proposal coaching, providing letters of support.
  • leveraging our relationships within the cultural sector in order to identify collaborating artist(s)/ artistic facilitators/ documentarians who may be a fit for a project
  • integrating capacity building opportunities within the proposed project for host agencies and/or area residents.

This is NOT A GRANT PROGRAM. We strive to lend support, knowledge, and capacity to projects that may not come to fruition without a strong and experienced community partner.

Interested?

To request an application, send us an email to renee@stepsinitiative.com that outlines the following:

  • Tell us about yourself! (Are you an employee at a community agency? A member of an informal community group?)
  • Tell us what you want to do! (Give us the elevator pitch on your project and why it’s important to your community!)
  • Tell us why you want to partner with STEPS! (Based on what you know about us, how do you think partnering with STEPS will benefit your project? Is there anything, in particular, you think we can provide? Anything you’re hoping to learn through working with us?)

The deadline to apply for a 2019 community partnership is Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by 5pm.