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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Tickets are already selling fast for our upcoming 2018 Benefit event. so, we hope you can also join us for this evening that will celebrate "Intersections", in the spirit of our many transformative arts projects which bring together unlikely communites as creative collaborators. See Japanese taiko drummers jam with Scottish dancers. Hear a classical flusist trade solos with a rapper. Let comedian Jacob Samuel entertain you with his transit-inspired jokes (get it? "intersections"?).  Tickets available at:

December 2017: The success and impact of our Lullaby Project has exceeded our wildest expectations.  Last month, one of our mothers was honored to be invited to perform her original song at New York City's Carnegie Hall, in June.  And, in exciting local news, we also made the FRONT PAGE of the Vancouver Sun, last week:

November, 2017 STREET BEATS found object instrument band did a fabulous job collaborating with Music on Main's All-Star Band, in their November performances for the ISCM festival.  And we are proud to announce that their artistry has been featured in a CBC North by Northwest interview: as well as a festival documentary film that you can enjoy here:

(our parts are from :50-:57 & 15:30-16:04)




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