The STEPS Initiative

Registered Name: Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space (STEPS) Initiative

Business Number: 834843799RR0001

The STEPS Initiative is a Canadian-based public art organization that develops one-of-a-kind art initiatives and engagement strategies that transform public spaces. We are responsible for Canada’s largest and most community-engaged public art initiatives.

Our record breaking portfolio includes over 100 complex projects executed within scope and budget

Together with our partners, we transform urban areas into vibrant public spaces, helping artists, community organizations, BIAs, and developers push creative and technical boundaries - breathing new artistic energy into our public spaces.STEPS creates one-of-a-kind public art plans, installations, and engagement strategies so you can:

  • Feel safe in public spaces
  • Reflect and enhance local identity
  • Create iconic cultural destinations
  • Foster moments of beauty, reflection, and connection
  • Build capacity for artists, local groups and youth to lead community art initiatives

We have received numerous awards for our high-impact community programming. Notably, we received the inaugural national Culture Days Innovative Event Award; the NXT City Prize, and Imagination Catalyst Best Social Enterprise Award by OCAD University.

We have provided public exhibition opportunities to hundreds of artists and civic engagement opportunities to thousands of community members. We have mentored numerous social-service agencies, Councillors, and local businesses on using placemaking initiatives to foster more vibrant communities. 

Since 2011, we have facilitated:

  • 140 Public Art Installations
  • 10,000+ Community Members Engaged
  • 900 Youth Engaged
  • 200+ Artists Mentored

STEPS prides itself in offering programming that sits at the intersection of public art, urban planning and civic engagement. We try to bridge those gaps by fostering unlikely conversations and building capacity for these groups to work together whenever possible in Toronto and beyond.

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