To support our city and the culture that brings our communities together, STEPS recently launched the “I heART Main Street Art Challenge.” STEPS is providing artists and Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) with the opportunity to increase feelings of trust and community through DIY art installations.
The 42 new artworks currently underway were brought to life in collaboration with 25 local creatives; many of whom identify as emerging or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) artists who have been impacted by a loss of income as a result of the pandemic.
Here in Toronto-Danforth, four of our BIAs are participating:
- Riverside BIA has installed portraits and typographical artwork to exhibit along with stories of BIPOC members of the Riverside community
- Leslieville BIA has installed two ground murals to in their CafeTO parklets
- Gerrard India Bazaar BIA has a series of sidewalk decals and artwork to animate their storefronts
- Danforth Mosaic BIA have commissioned a series of sidewalk decals
I encourage you to visit our BIAs and check out these beautiful new art installations. Our local small businesses need support – remember to shop local!
You can learn more at https://stepsinitiative.com/project/main-street-art-challenge/.