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 4, 2016 We are thrilled to announce the launch of our collaborative youth music video, Everybody Just Wants to Be Free: It is the beautiful result of our most recent Voice to Voice project, which brought together over 100, Grade 4-7 students, from 4 diverse Lower Mainland schools, in an incredibly fun and meaningful songwriting project about freedom. With kids who voices dreams like this, doesn’t our future look awesome. #voicetovoice to spread our video around!
January 20, 2016 At the turn of the new year, we secured our partnership with the Liceo Boston School in Bogata, Colombia, where we will lead Something Collective's next global youth project. This time, I of C Director, Laura Barron, and visual artist, Juliana Bedoya will facilitate a creative exchange between students in Colombia and West Vancouver (and we are grateful to the Vancouver Biennale's Big Ideas program for funding our local engagements). These youth will explore the impact of the “fast fashion” industry on their self-esteem, the economy, and their environment, through the creation of original theatre and music performances, using costumes and accessories that the students fabricate from natural and found (trash) materials.
January 5, 2016 Youth at the Burnaby Youth Custody Services, with the guidance of their shop teacher, Bobby Rihal, will have 2 marimbas completed, by their own hands, in time for the re-launch of our Stick Together program this April. Thanks to the partnering support of the non-profit, ArtStarts, we will be able to offer weekly marimba instruction there through the spring and summer. This rousing and team-building art form promises to be a powerful tool for these youth.
January 1, 2016 We have finally entered the 21st century with a full social media presence. Check us out on Instagram or Facebook, under InstrumentsofChangeBC, or Twitter as IofCBC!





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