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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February 2018: On January 31st, at the intersection of Main & Hastings, nearly 300 Instruments of Change supporters, friends and artists joined us to celebrate our co-creative activities in community.  And as they became co-creators themselves, they mingled their words on screen with clever limericks and poems; they moved their bodies to stimulate Ninth Node's incredible installation piece; they enthusiastically brought their hands together for our amazing roster of mash-up performances; and they reached into their hearts and pockets to raise a whopping $70,000 for our programs. So, as usual, we are left humbled and enormously grateful.  And we look forward to keeping you posted about all of the artful activities we will continue thanks to your support.

January 2018: Thanks to the success of our fundraiser, regular Women Rock sessions continue in the Downtown Eastside. Underserved youth in South Vancouver will enjoy our Stick Together marimba program year-round. We will work with 6 new moms in another Lullaby Project this summer. And we can move forward with the full production of the one-woman theatre piece, A Mother Bear's Journey, with First Nations actress Taninli Wright, and director/dramatuge, Julie MacIsaac.

December 2017: The success and impact of our Lullaby Project has exceeded our wildest expectations.  In November, one of our mothers was honored to be invited to perform her original song at New York City's Carnegie Hall, in June.  And, in exciting local news, we also made the FRONT PAGE of the Vancouver Sun, last week: http://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/soothing-mothers-and-babies-hearts-with-lullabies


 

 

 

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