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December 12, 2021

Call for Artists: CreateSpace Public Art Forum

Hosted by STEPS Public Art

Are you, or an artist you know, interested in gaining experience, building networks and professional skills needed to launch or expand a public art practice?

 STEPS Public Art believes public art has the ability to challenge the systemic inequities that exist in public space. In support of this important work, we facilitate programs that foster inclusive public art practices, build the capacity of underrepresented artists, and demonstrate how public art can help reimagine equitably designed cities.

 We are thrilled to launch CreateSpace Public Art Forum, a digital forum that will virtually convene 50 participants who identify as Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), racialized, rural and/or youth with disabilities and between the ages of 18-25. CreateSpace Public Art Forum runs from January 10-30, 2022. This forum will foster connections, build understanding across geographies and cultures, as well as provide emerging equity-seeking artists with the skills, relationships and support needed to develop public art practices.

CreateSpace Public Art Forum will see the presentation of 10 pre-recorded talks/workshops created by professional public artists and cultural workers. These talks/workshops will be available in both video (YouTube) and audio (Podcast) versions for accessibility, with ASL translations. Each talk/workshop will be themed around various ideas and concepts of public art practices. Participants will engage with these talks/workshops and create an artistic response, with feedback from peers, as well as one on one feedback from established public artists. Their participation will culminate in a profile on the STEPS Public Art website with a virtual presentation of their work. 

CreateSpace Public Art Forum participating artists will gain:

  • Skills: A variety of virtual workshops, tailored to encourage participants to grow their understanding of Community, Identity, Accessibility, and Land, and apply these understandings to their public art practice; 
  • Relationships: Opportunities to connect with/access mentorship from established public art practitioners across the country, as well as build relationships for peer mentorship within a closed cohort Slack channel;
  • Practical Experience: Artists in the program will have the opportunity to create an artistic response to the themes that resonate with them within the talks/workshops, with feedback from peers to strengthen their work. They will also have ongoing access to a Public Art toolkit tailored to resource sharing for early-career artists;
  • Public Audiences: Artists will have their bio, artist statement, as well as artistic work created for this program featured on the STEPS Public Art website. Artists and events will also be profiled throughout the program.
  • Financial Support: Artists will each receive an honorarium of $600 CAD for their full participation in the program
  • Proof of Participation: A Certificate of Completion.

Up to 50 artists will be selected for this opportunity. This opportunity is open to those who:

  • identity as early-career Canadian-based visual and/or media artists interested in building or growing their public art practice;
  • identify as Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), racialized, rural, and/or youth with disabilities;
  • are between the ages of 18-25;
  • are a Canadian citizen, or Permanent Resident

Interested applicants must submit their expressions of interest by Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST. Those living outside of the Pacific time zone are encouraged to use a timezone converter to ensure your application is received by the deadline. 


Talks/workshops will be available in both video (YouTube) and audio (Podcast) versions for accessibility, with ASL translations.

Program components will be offered primarily in English, with translation and ASL services available as needed to support participation of a diverse community of artists.


STEPS Public Art

STEPS fosters dynamic and inclusive communities through public art and creative placemaking. We transform urban spaces into vibrant places through cultural planning, community arts and artist capacity building programs.