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Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space (STEPS) Initiative

  • Status:
    Resource, Arts Network 
  • Main Communities Served:
    Adults, All Ages, Children, Seniors, Youth 
  • Main Catchment Area:
    Canada-wide, Ontario 
  • Languages:
  • Arts Focus:
    Art Projects 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    The STEPS (Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space) Initiative is a community-based organization that bridges the gap between the cultural, social and environmental sectors by building the capacity of Torontonians to creatively transform public spaces in their communities. We believe that public spaces as unmediated sites of interaction between diverse citizens, is eroding. Art can not only aesthetically transform these spaces, but also serve as a common language with which citizens can create shared spaces that foster civic engagement. We provide a platform for citizens to lead initiatives that validate their personal experiences, their community’s cultures and histories, and their concern for environmental issues, all while transforming their local environment. 
  • Additional Info:
    STEPS asks: Do you have a strong connection with your local environment? Enjoy seeing your neighbourhood come alive during community festivals? Want to bring your neighbours together to celebrate in community space?

    Maybe it’s time to bring some ARTivism into your community!

    "We are, the Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space (STEPS) Initiative, a group of artists, activists, architects, and academics, collectively promoting sustainable and community-centred public spaces. We are committed to using art to challenge and change the ways in which public spaces are currently being used, especially in urban environments.

    Have you been involved in the production of a community mosaic, labyrinth or street theatre performance? Do you know of projects that use art to transform public space? Know of related upcoming events or resources? Send us a message.” (from Homepage) 
  • Main Contact Name:
    Alexis Kane Speer, Founding Director 
  • Main Contact Email: 
  • Website:
  • Address:
    720 Bathurst Street, c/o the Centre for Social Innovation
    Toronto, ON  M5S 2R5 

Last updated on 2014-03-05 15:49:23. Submitted by: Alexis Kane Speer, Founding Director of STEPS Initiative