INSTRUMENTS OF CHANGE uses the arts as an educational tool to empower people to become instruments of transformative change in their own lives
*October 30, 2013 Instruments of Change is gearing up to host its first annual benefit event at The Imperial, 319 Main St, from 6:30-9:30 pm on Oct. 30th. This interdisciplinary art showcase will feature singer/songwriter, Liesa Norman's CD release, Shaun Verreault from Wide Mouth Mason, with a film by media artist Evann Siebel, puppetry by Mind of a Snail's Chloe Ziner, choreography by Natalie Gan & Co., and spoken word by Canadian Slam Champion RC Weslowski. Tickets, available at: instrumentsofchange.org/eventbrite.ca
*May 18, 2013 Something Collective's We Are Here Final Celebration took place at the Sunset Community Center toculminate their year-long community mapping project with this neighborhood. The event highlighted community members in dance and puppet performances, film and soundscape installations. Check out the resulting digital map here: http://www.somethingcollective.ca/wearehere/.
*March 15, 2013 Women Rock! launched its 2013 program in early March, with workshops in a variety of new facilities, including the Carnegie Centre, the Columbia House transition home in New Westminster, and RainCity Housing. These well received program resulted in original songs, improvisations, and jam sessions on everything from Johnny Cash to "Hit the Road Jack". Monthly second Monday jam sessions will continue
at the Carnegie Centre throughout the year.
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 community-based art 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.
-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.
CREATE meaningful music performances, art projects,
FACILITATE social change through collaborative art making
EDUCATE youth, audiences, and communities
COLLABORATE with artists, communities, and change makers
ADVOCATE for the arts, youth, and human rights
PARTICIPATE inclusiely 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 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