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November 27, 2022

Call for Artists: CreateSpace Public Art Forum

Hosted by STEPS Public Art

STEPS Public Art is thrilled to launch the 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. This forum will foster connections, build understanding across geographies and cultures, as well as provide emerging equity-seeking participants 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 and audio 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 exhibition featuring their public artwork concepts created during the forum. This online exhibition will be featured in our newsletter and social media channels to further showcase and celebrate the participants' creations.

Up to 50 participants 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, November 27, 2022 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.


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

Applicants who are Deaf, have a disability, or who need support applying for this opportunity are encouraged to contact Belinda Uwase, Artist Programs Coordinator at belinda@stepspublicart.org or call 416-366-6565 (extension 2) at least two weeks before the submission deadline to allow STEPS to appropriately accommodate your needs and to discuss alternate formats for submitting your application.


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.