Artist Capacity Building

We aspire to shift how cities are planned. We believe that artists have a critical role to play in shaping cities, and many of our projects are designed to build artist capacity.

STEPS believes that public art should reflect the diverse identities and perspectives of the communities that host it. We are particularly interested in amplifying the work of artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, Persons of Colour, female, LGBTTQQIAAP and newcomer working in public spaces.

Our current artist supports include:

  • paid production and exhibition opportunities
  • technical skill-building workshops
  • mentorships
  • residencies
  • networking events
  • coaching on public art proposals, consultations and logistics

Don’t miss our upcoming programs—follow us on social media @stepsinitiative and subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

Past program partners include:


“This is an opportunity for artists to share their work with the community, while beautifying the forgotten spaces of our city. To see your work as big as in your imagination is an artist’s dream.”

— PATCH Artist Brian Belanger

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