Instruments of Change arts-based community development

INSTRUMENTS OF CHANGE uses the arts as an educational tool to empower people to become instruments of transformative change in their own lives

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We are excited to invite our supporters to our upcoming 2018 Benefit event, which promises to be bigger and better than ever. Please join us for an evening that celebrates "Intersections", in the spirit of our many transformative arts projects which bring together unlikely communites as creative collaborators. See Japanese taiko drummers jam with Scottish dancers. Hear a classical flusist trade solos with a rapper. Let comedian Jacob Fox entertain you with his transit-inspired jokes (get it? "intersections"?).  Tickets available at:

Oct 16, 2017: As a privileged partner of NYC's Carnegie Hall, we launched our first Lullaby Project, this summer, working with new mothers, through the Vancouver YWCA's Cause We Care House. And now, these musical women will perform their original lullabies in a special sharing celebration, on Mon. Oct. 16th, at Tom Lee Music, downtown, 7 pm. Also, thanks to Hipposonic Studios' donated recording space, links to these new mothers' songs will be available on our website and on Carnegie Hall's Soundcloud page in late October. So, stay tuned!

Nov 4/5, 2017 After last year's successful launch of our Street Beats found object instrument band, these community musicians will be featured at the International Society of Contemporary Music's World Music Days, this November 4/5, at 11 am, at the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall, collaborating with Music on Main's All-Star professional brass and percussion band, in the debut performance of James Maxwell's eight or nine, six or seven.




Our Vision

Instruments of Change uses the arts as an educational tool to empower people to become instruments of transformative change in their own lives. By expanding community access to cultural activities, we allow diverse populations the opportunity to make and experience music and art.

Through our arts-based community development projects, which serve schools, hospices, shelters, community centres and prisons, we create synergetic experiences that give both our facilitating artists and our participants a means of expression to find their authentic voice using a variety of artistic modes.




Our Objectives

-To bring music and art to the broadest possible demographic, allowing people the chance to experience, make and do art themselves.

-To connect and impact the creators and audience of our art by enabling participants to become agents of change in their own lives through the act of collective art making.

-To advocate for the value of the arts by illustrating their broad-reaching benefits through our projects, performances, and stories.

-To create a sustainable organization, using diversified funding strategies and by developing numerous community partnerships.







Our Pledge

CREATE meaningful music performances,
art projects and partnerships

FACILITATE social change through collaborative art making

EDUCATE youth, audiences, artists and communities

COLLABORATE with artists, communities, and change makers

ADVOCATE for the arts, youth, and human rights

PARTICIPATE inclusively in local culture

CELEBRATE community, music, art, and Vancouver

INNOVATE sustainable funding strategies and relationship building tools

COMMUNICATE through a variety of artistic mediums

CURATE music and art for all








They were nothing more than people, by themselves…
but all together, they have become the heart and
muscles and mind of something perilous and new,
something strange and growing and great.
Together, all together, they are the instruments of change.

-Keri Hulme, The Bone People