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 that time again, to celebrate all of the art that we've been creating with community. Our semi-annual benefit event will take place at the Imperial (319 Main St.), on Oct. 13th, at 7 pm. This year's theme is Street Art (in the spirit of art that is accessible to all), and we will feature Bugaloo hip hop dancers, music by famed local rapper, Prevail and The Leisure Principle, graffiti artists, the Carnival Band, STOMP!-like percussion, food cart culinary art and more.
Aug 25, 2016 Our Stick Together youth participants at the Burnaby Youth Correctional Services have really put their creative enerigies together to make these amazing marimba recordings of Bob Marley's Stir It Up, Frankie Valens' La Bamba, and Outkast's Hey Ya. We're very proud of all they acheived together. You can listen here:
June 15, 2016 We are very grateful and excited that the City of Vancouver has provided us grant funding to fully realize our Binners Symphony project. This will allow us to employ our city's most active recyclers, through the Binners Project, to collect a creative array of found object instruments from Vancouver's alleys, for use in a large-scale STOMP!-like community percussion piece that we will present, through Music on Main's Modulus Festival in November. ALL community members interested in participating in our improv found object drumming workshops, next fall, can sign up at partnering community centres: Roundhouse, Sunset, Trout Lake after August 15th.
June 7, 2016 I of C Director, Laura Barron, was honored to be an invited guest on Roundhouse Radio's, Trying to Be Good. Listen to her describe her journey from classical flutist to community arts organizer 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