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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It's been just over one month since 300 of you poured into the Imperial to enjoy an evening of music, dance and art to celebrate our communty programs. And thanks toyour tremendous support, we can proudly report that the event raised nearly $80,000! This will help sustain Women Rock, Stick Together, and the Binners Symphony while also enabling us to explore new opportunities to make theatre with orphans in India and women in the Downtown Eastside. A heartfelt thanks to all who came out for the event.
Nov 3, 2016 The 2016 phase of our Binners Symphony project concluded with 2 very satisfying and successful shows at Music on Main's Modulus Festival, shared with a packed house at the Roundhouse. 25 enthusiastic community members, from every corner of Vancouver, performed on found object drums, curated by the Binners Project, to create a fabulous rhythmic composition that truly captured the pulse of our diverse and vibrant city. Check out a video of their performance here: And stay tuned for updates on the 2017 phase of this continuing project.
Oct 13, 2016 We are excited to share our new 6-minute promotional video that highlights our diverse array of community arts projects and participants. You can watch 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