INSTRUMENTS OF CHANGE uses the arts as an educational tool to empower people to become instruments of transformative change in their own lives
February 20, 2017 THIS PROMISES TO BE OUR MOST FRUITFUL YEAR YET!
January brought our ED, Laura Barron, and her theatre artist partner, Kaeridwyn Eftelya, to India for a return project with Child Haven International (link), this time, at their Kaliyampoondi home. This loving, safe and nurturing environment was ideal for our youth arts program, Repurpose Our Purpose. Through puppetry and song, kids identified their own superpowers and expressed how they are each essential contributors to their community. Their work comes to life in pictures and stories on the following blog: http://www.somethingcollective.ca/?p=1671
Feb 2, 2017 In an exciting evolution of our Women Rock program, we are embarking on a powerful personal journey with one of our most treasured and dedicated participants, Taninli Wright. As collaborative producers and writers, we are facilitating the creation of her one-woman theatre piece, documenting her remarkable Messenger of Hope Walk across BC, in 1997, which advocated for improved education for First Nations youth. This story of trauma, rebirth, resilience, and courage promises to inspire all who believe that they can make a difference.
January 13, 2017 We have extended the reach of our Stick Together marimba program, this year, with the launch of weekly sessions at the Vancouver School Board’s Vinery School for at-risk youth. A dozen teen boys and girls are learning reggae, rock, and world music on these accessible instruments, while cultivating strong listening skills, work habits, and sensitivity.