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Foundations of Music is Now Housed Under Changing Worlds.


Foundations of Music brings 30 years of experiences providing music programming to young people across the Chicagoland area. Combining artists and curriculum creates richer, deeper and more accessible programs for a broader audience. Changing Worlds has now added music for pre-K to 2nd grade, song writing and music production to its visual, writing and performing arts curriculum. In the coming years, we will reach an additional 1000 students, in 15 more schools and 10 new communities.

Great things happen when great people come together!


Changing Worlds exists to foster inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding.



Changing Worlds began as a photography/oral history documentation project in 1996 and then in 2011 merged with The Shanti Foundation for Peace to expand the organization's programming to include arts-based peace and non-violence programming in Chicago and Evanston. In spring of 2019, Changing Worlds expanded its music offerings and welcomed the well-regarded programs of Foundations of Music. 

Distinguishing factors of Changing Worlds' program delivery include:

  • An ongoing Commitment to Chicago's youth: This dedication is reflected in our staff’s fluency and experience in research-based best practices in positive youth development, arts integration, trauma informed arts practices, and learner-centered approaches that lead to measurable outcomes.

  • Thematic Units: Developed in response to social justice issues, Changing Worlds has a variety of thematic programs which respond to teacher's expressed needs for classroom interventions and align with student interests to ensure relevance and timeliness.

  • Cross-Cultural Connections & Personal Narratives: Changing Worlds is also devoted to amplifying student identity and voices to celebrate the ethnic/racial/geographic identities of our learners.


Diversity Statement

The mission of Changing Worlds is to foster inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding.

We maintain that achieving diversity requires an enduring commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms and behaviors. Throughout our work, we will support diversity in all of its forms, encompassing but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age disability, marital status, veteran status, gender, gender identity/expression, citizenship, health status, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Leading by example we aspire to make diversity a core and abiding strength of the organization.


Changing Worlds recognizes that its effectiveness will be enhanced and its mission well served when the practice of diversity is reflected in all aspects of the organization, and specifically when:

Board Membership

The Governance Board reflects the rich diversity of the Chicago metropolitan area.


Changing Worlds shares its commitment to diversity as a value and a practice with its current and potential donors and it encourages donors to consider and embrace these values.


The staff Changing Worlds reflects the communities of metropolitan Chicago. Staffing at every level of the organization should reflect the diversity of the metropolitan region.


Changing Worlds vendor community demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion as a practice. This commitment is reflected in governance practices, hiring practices and organizational philosophy. Preference is given to vendors with a proven record of this commitment to diversity.


Annual Reports