Public Art Assistant at The STEPS Initiative – Apply Now!

The STEPS Initiative is an award-winning charity that bridges arts, community, and city-building by animating unlikely spaces with unlikely partners. We seek to inspire cities across Canada and around the world to create welcoming public spaces that reflect and celebrate local communities through artistic excellence. As such, we are responsible for some of Canada’s largest and most community-engaged public art initiatives. Summer 2019 is an exciting time for us, as it is when many of our projects will be produced.

Photo: Alia Youssef

This position is made possible by funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately for the following position, by following the APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS below.


We’re looking for emerging artists interested in supporting the development of several community-engaged / public art initiatives over summer 2019. Public Art Assistants will gain experience working with diverse artists, artistic media and community partners. The Public Art Assistant will learn how public art projects are planned and implemented, engaging community members from across the Greater Toronto Area.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting in the planning and coordination of public projects
  • Liaising with artists, the public and community stakeholders
  • Implementing community outreach initiatives, including volunteer coordination
  • Supporting project partnership development activities, including but not limited to:
  • Assisting in community engagement workshops/activities, such as providing an inclusive environment for community/youth participants engaged in community arts projects
  • Sourcing and organizing project materials, including coordinating material transport
  • Assisting with site preparation and production of public artwork
  • Assisting Lead Artistic Facilitator(s) onsite during production
  • Safe handling and storage of materials and/or equipment (including following legislated and organizational health and safety policies)
  • Implementing project documentation (taking photos and facilitating evaluation activities)
  • Supporting the planning and execution of public art celebration events

Successful applicants will have:

  • Experience producing visual arts and/or arts administrative projects (prior experience executing public art and/or painting experience an asset but not required)
  • Well-developed organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks and creatively problem-solve.
  • Strong oral communication skills, with excitement for engaging diverse community members in cultural programming
  • A team player committed to strong working relationships, as well as fostering a safe and inclusive environment for colleagues and community participants
  • Resourceful and independent; able to quickly adapt to a fast-paced environment in which a large amount of information will need to be juggled and synthesized
  • Familiarity with and comfort using social media platforms (e.g. Instagram/Facebook)
  • An interest in facilitating community programming, with past experience in event planning or program coordination being a strong asset
  • Experience with Google Drive and Adobe Creative Suite an asset
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work on multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • A willingness to travel to project sites across the Greater Toronto Area
  • First Aid + CPR Level A Certification an asset
  • Level G driver’s licence an asset

Photo: Alia Youssef

You must provide at least 3 sample images (maximum size 768px x 1024px) that demonstrate past artistic projects. Your cover letter should outline how your experience, expertise and/or artistic practice make you the ideal candidate for this position, and what you hope to gain from the experience.

Confirm Eligibility IN YOUR COVER LETTER. In order to qualify for the above-posted position (funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program), candidates must:

  • Be no more than 30 years of age as of June 1, 2019
  • Be either a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Prepare & Format Support Documents

  • Your cover letter, resume, and sample images should be submitted as one combined PDF document
  • Cover letters should be included in the above PDF and not sent in the body of the email
  • ALL FILES must be saved with your last name as part of the file name, as well as the position for which you’re applying (i.e. “[LAST NAME] – Public Art Assistant Application”)
  • All applications should be submitted to
  • Address the subject line of your emails as follows: CSJ 2019: Public Art Assistant – [LAST NAME], [FIRST NAME]” Don’t Miss the Deadline!

All applications must be received by 4 pm on Friday, May 3, 2019.

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As an equity-seeking organization, STEPS encourages applications from individuals that represent the full diversity of communities in Canada, including complexities of intersecting identities such as ability, age, class, gender, race and sexual orientation.