“STEP”ping Into the Expressive Arts in Downtown Brampton

October 28, 2021 (2 Minute Read)

(Photo of Traffic Box in Toronto – Artist: Emilia Jajus)

Creatives splashes of colours will be added to areas in downtown Brampton, as the City of Brampton announces their partnership with the non-profit organization STEPS (Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space Initiative).

STEPS, a multiple award-winning group of art enthusiasts, help create one-of-a-kind public art plans, installations and engagement strategies that transforms spaces into cultural destinations. More importantly, STEPS showcases the diverse talents of Canadian artists.

Wilson TTC Entrance in Toronto – Artists: Shalak Attack with artist mentees Edan Maxam and Kseniya Tsoy (2021) – Source: STEPS

According to the City of Brampton’s media release, five traffic control boxes along Queen Street east will be wrapped with art from Brampton-based artists Aditi Kashyap, Amye St John, Annamarie Claudette, Malachi Watson-Narcisse and Michel Nwoye-Vincent. The artwork will be printed and installed with a high-quality vinyl material that is ultraviolet (UV) and graffiti resistant.

In addition, Brampton-based artist, Meegan Lim, will transform six storefronts along Main Street North with food-themed murals. These murals, inspired by Brampton’s diverse food culture, will be located on empty storefronts bringing life to vacant spaces.

The art installations will be installed by the end of November, just in time for the holidays.

Councillor Rowena Santos states, “We are so excited to be working with STEPS to bring their energy and expertise to Brampton, complementing that of our local arts community. Public art helps bring life to cities and this pilot project will allow us to both beautify areas of our downtown and showcase the talent of Brampton’s artists.”

Erin Glover, Interim Program Director for STEPS Public Art, adds “This partnership has provided an exciting opportunity to set a precedent for future City-led public art programming; showcasing local talent, fostering vibrant and inclusive communities, and positioning the City of Brampton as a thriving cultural destination.”

With the City leading this art initiative, it is hoped the private sector will see the value and participate in other projects across the municipality.