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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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:

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. 




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