The Bata Shoe Museum in the Community

The Museum is proud to contribute to the community by organizing events and partnering with charitable or not-fot-profit programs and organizations.

Our ongoing activities include:

Step Ahead at the Bata Shoe Museum: An Education Program for At-risk Children

The Bata Shoe Museum continues to run the Step Ahead initiative, which subsidizes education programs for at-risk children. Step Ahead is intended to be a long-term project committed to removing financial barriers for school children in at-risk communities. Click here for all the information on this exciting program!

Supporters of the BSM's in-school Step Ahead program:

Bank of Montreal

Through the Oakville Community Foundation:
Williams-Wilson Sherport Foundation

Supporters of the BSM's Beyond 3:30 Step Ahead program:

Through the Toronto Foundation::
Vandewater Family Fund
Anonymous donor

Through the Oakville Community Foundation:
Larry and Gerry Wilson Family Fund


The Bata Shoe Museum is pleased to announce its Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) Thursday evening program. The PWYC program, which is open to all visitors to the Museum every Thursday between 5 pm - 8 pm, offers visitors the opportunity to experience one of Toronto's most unique attractions with a donation amount of their choice.


The Bata Shoe Museum "Warm the Sole" Sock Drive

Our annual fundraiser launches every November 13, World Kindness Day.

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Spread the gift of warmth in our community—from the bottom of our hearts to the bottom of our feet. Socks are one of the first items people request when asking for assistance, and they are a staple of health care for the homeless because they keep feet warm and dry. Remember how good it feels to put on clean new socks? Help give that same joy to people in need. Give a small comfort that carries a big impact.

This year's "Warm the Sole Sock Drive" was a great success. Thanks to all who donated we presented the Scott Mission with over 5000 pairs of socks. If you missed your chance to participate this year, make sure you check back next year!

Relax, Recharge, Renew Family Program with Tourism Toronto

Providing Weekend Getaways to Inspiring Local Families

The Relax, Recharge & Renew program provides parents of children with special needs a much-deserved break. Tourism Toronto, with the assistance of members and partners, provides weekend packages for parents that include a limousine pick up, a two-night hotel stay, tickets to shows and museums and other attractions, and meals at local restaurants. Two families benefit from these weekend getaways every single week. Each weekend, two families will leave their child in a high-quality, provincially funded respite care setting and then return home where a limousine will pick them up for a three-day package that includes: * two-night hotel stay, including breakfasts * tickets to a marquee theatre or sporting event * passes to major attractions * dinners at top restaurants * pick-up and return by limousine * TTC passes to get around the city throughout the weekend * an overnight bag * a gift for the child in care.

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Arts for Children and Youth

The BSM is excited to be a community partner for Arts for Children and Youth artist-in-residence program. This wonderful organization works with community partners to provide opportunities for children and youth in under-resourced communities and schools to engage meaningfully and actively in hands-on, high quality arts education.

Our upcoming artist-in-residence is Andrenne Finnikin. Andrenne is a visual artist with experience in upscaled fashion creations. She will be artist-in-residence at the Bata Shoe Museum from Aug. 6 and Aug. 11-15. She will be working 10:30-3:00 each day in our All About Shoes gallery.

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Reducing Our Carbon Footprint: Earth Hour at the Bata Shoe Museum

For the third year in a row, the Bata Shoe Museum is proud to take part in Earth Hour, a unique global initiative to help stamp out climate change and help create a more sustainable future. We turn out our lights every year for Earth Hour in order to show our commitment to preserving the future as well as the past. Visit to find out how you can be a part of this important global event!

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Other recent activities have included:

Looking for a donation for your charitable event?

After eleven years of donating promotional items and complimentary admission passes to fundraisers, auctions and charitable events on a case-by-case basis, the Museum has transitioned to working with events such as those listed above.