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The STEPS Initiative is an award-winning organization that bridges arts, 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. As such, we are responsible for some of Canada’s largest and most community-engaged public art initiatives, which have included the World’s Tallest Mural in St. James Town. We believe that public spaces—as sites of interaction between diverse people—are eroding. Art can not only aesthetically transform these spaces, but it also serves as a language through which people can create shared spaces that foster civic engagement. We provide a platform for people to lead initiatives that validate their experiences, their community’s cultures and histories, and their concern for social and environmental issues, all while transforming their local public spaces.

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