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, and build capacity for artists, local groups and youth to lead community art initiatives.
Thoughts About Art and Community
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, engaged 10,000+ community members, 900 youths, and mentored 200+ artists.
At STEPS, we believe that public spaces—as sites of community—are disappearing. It is our mission to validate diverse lived experiences, celebrate local culture, and foster inclusive spaces for people to gather, connect and participate in building vibrant cities. If you’re aligned with us, we’d love to meet you.
Some of our most impactful projects engage Toronto’s most diverse and underserved communities. We are committed to working in Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) and with a cross-section of underserved identity-based communities.
We are always working toward creating an inclusive organizational culture. We encourage, support, and celebrate the diverse voices of our team. Our approach fuels our innovation and connects us closer to the communities we serve.
Buy Social Canada recognizes us as an accredited Social Enterprise. We are a certified Diverse Supplier through the City of Toronto's procurement program.
By engaging a social enterprise, you are aligning yourself with our values and are able to serve your Community Benefits Agreement requirements.