In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, STEPS supported GTA 11 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) to develop 41 art installations in collaboration with 20 local artists. Ranging from sidewalk decals to storefront exhibits, installations fostered a sense of community during local economic recovery. A heartfelt thank you to all our Award Committee members who generously donated their time, expertise, and knowledge to select the I heART Main Street Art Challenge winners!
“Our one-of-a-kind table coverings in parklets, captured the vitality and unique qualities of the Chinatown community, producing an inviting space for visitors to safely enjoy their meals, supporting our local businesses.” said Lucia Huang, of Chinatown BIA.
BIAs competed for a chance to win prizes to help them bring more art to their districts. The winners include: the Chinatown BIA, the Riverside BIA, and the Port Credit BIA, who each won prizes in three respective award categories, Innovative, Community-Engaged, and Transformative. Winners receive financial and other support for future placemaking in their districts, including artist fee subsidies.
The Main Street Art Challenge is just one of the COVID-response programs STEPS launched to support communities impacted by the pandemic. Reach out to see how we can help support your post- pandemic recovery!