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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July 30, 2017 COME PLAY WITH US!
After successfully landing a sizable VIVA Vancouver contract, Instruments of Change will animate Vancouver's new Arbutus Greenway with our STREET BEATS interactive found music instrument wall - complete with a garden hose flute organ, salvaged wood xylophone, PVC pipe rimbaphone, ironing board scraper, bike wheel thumb piano, bucket bass, pop bottle shakers, and silverware wind chimes.  A digital artists' rendering is pictured above.  But to see the Real McCoy unveiled to the public, please join us for our launch event, with a live professional percussion band, at 4:30 on July 30th, at the playground by Fir St & 6th Ave.

Aug 3, 2017 Instruments of Change is thrilled to become one of Carnegie Hall's project partners, as we launch our first Lullaby Project with new teen and single mothers from Vancouver's YWCA.  This summer, our facilitators will work with these mothers as they create personal lullabies for their babies, supporting their own mental health, aiding their child's development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child.  This groundbreaking program was developed in New York, in 2012, and now generously shares their methodology with organizations around North America and the UK. Thanks to Hipposonic Studios donating their space to record, links to these new mother's songs will be available on our website in early October.

February 22, 2017 Executive Director, Laura Barron was invited to McGill, Eastman School of Music, and the University of Michigan, this past academic year, to guide young artists in their own arts-based community development pursuits.  And you can enjoy her UM videocast here.




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