Chimes for Change

Chimes for Change is an art, music & sustainability program That empowers Los Angeles youth to Chime in about how they want their community to look, feel and change. 

Thank you to all who attended our June 2nd opening event! Please check back soon for pictures, video and more. Or visit to read student artist statements, listen to songs and view the chimes! 


In Chimes for Change, LA teens use recycled and found materials to create wind chimes. Participants learn how to use digital software to record their chimes, and turn those sounds into electronic music compositions. Finally, both visual and audio art works are publicly displayed to to engage participants in sustainability issues impacting the community. 

The curriculum blends 4 components: sustainability education, visual arts education, music education and community activism and leadership. A combination of experiential learning and leadership from professional mentors results in a versatile lesson plan that reveals the connection between sustainability, creativity and community. It also gives students the tools they need to translate education into action.  Our “Change-Making” workshops include field trips to neighborhood council meetings that give students a chance to participate in the change-making process. 

Check our blog for updates or the gallery above for progress on our current (2017) Chimes for Change program at Larchmont Charter school, check out previous Chimes programs below, and support Chimes by clicking the big green button below! 

Here’s our original crowdfunding video that started it all:


Previous Chimes for Change results

Below, you’ll find songs and artist statements from our pilot Loyola High School Chimes for Change participants. These songs, along with the students’ chimes, showed at Sound Walk 2013. You can also read about how and why they made their chimes, including the community issue that inspired their creation.

Andy Bregazo

Sustainability is the capacity to endure, so my mom, who has cancer, would be great inspiration for my project. My mom has to constantly endure and keep herself healthy everyday without any breaks. The chime’s frame is a heart, and various things that represent moms in general. Also, the CD’s that are hanging down say “Love” in 6 different languages. The nails represent my mom holding me together, even when the times are rough. Also, the forks and spoons represent the nourishment that my mom provides for me. In all, the chime is a representation of my mom and all the things that she provides for me.

Gilmore Augustus

Everyday, nearly forty percent of the 4.4 billion tons of food produced in the United States is wasted each year. Shelved food within an average supermarket or restaurant is thrown away at an alarming rate, showing the inefficiency of the food distribution industry. My wind chime addresses this issue, using various pieces of silverware and small trinkets suspended by a hanger. The various silverware are representations of this issue.

Stephen Morales

My new wind chime is going to be a couple bars across with cans hanging down to create sounds. I had to create a song based on random sounds. I was working on this song before the project was even due.

Joseph Brown

I. Issue
Over Consumption
Many items that we use day to day are useful often used once then they are thrown away. Plastic water bottles are a big waste item that become a large waste item.
II. Inspiration
I go through a large amount of water bottles a week.
I want to start to cut back on using these wasted items.
III. Design
I collected most of the plastic bottles and aluminum cans that I used over the course of a week.
The bike rim would have many recyclables tied to it an ia circular shape. The bottles would have many office consumables inside as rattles.
IV. Metaphor
Collecting these consumables for a week showed me how much I use these products and how wasteful I am.
I wanted a wheel of some sort to represent a circle like the recycling symbol. Also, I tied the plastic bottles in a circle. People use a large amount of plastic items, office supplies, cans, etc. They are considered consumable items and usually are not disposed of properly. My chime is meant to be a metaphor to recycle more and dispose of things properly. Collecting these consumables for a week showed me how much I use these products and how wasteful I am.

Graham Moffet

My wind chime is made out of glass bottles hanging from ordinary items that one would find around the house. Inside the glass bottles are things that represent some of our different sources of energy. Some of these sources are very harmful to the environment, and some are not. Hopefully, we can start to move away from these harmful sources of energy and embrace some of the less harmful sources.

Erik Godlewski

My project depicts the sustainability issue of airlines causing major pollution. I am also depicting the issue of fuel costs going up due to expanding airlines. My planes start out slow, with the monotonous sound of an engine in the background. Then the chimes begin to sound, representing a cash register. The cash register symbolizes the money going towards fueling airlines. The planes start to go faster, representing the aggression of new airline companies. Eventually the planes go at the highest speed, and the chimes are sounding even faster. The engine is going faster and eventually gives out, which brings the planes to a stop.

A.J. Smith

Ice Wind Chime

Idea: I, with some assistance, will create a wind chime that symbolizes the horrible outcomes of Global Warming. In Global Warming one of the outcomes is the melting of the polar icecaps. It affects all the organisms; not only the ones on land, but also in the sea. I want to create a set of wind chimes that will translate the impact that Global Warming has on this planet.

Plastic and paper cups with water
metal, curvable wires
metal gong to work as chimes holder
durable string
Various pieces of a car engine and other car parts

Fill plastic and paper cups with water
place metal wire in water
let freeze for days
Tie car pieces to chimes holder with string
After water is completely frozen, hook metal wires onto chime holder
Overtime, the ice will melt, representing how Global Warming will melt all the ice until there is nothing left.

Though the idea that Global Warming is not believed by everybody, no one can not accept the fact that the polar icecaps are melting, and in the future, there is a strong chance that they will no longer exist. This project, which might spring up controversy, will be made to show that if we as a people don’t do something quickly, all the ice will melt and leave nothing.

 Brennen Kandalaft

My wind chime represents the declining amount of food we have for our growing population. I made the chime part out of broken beer bottles so that they represent the food and consumption part of the project. The pieces of glass are tapered in length so that they represent the richer people who can get plenty of food and the poorer ones at the bottom. The ones at the top are fewer then the ones at the bottom, because there are not as many rich people as poor people.

John Michael Richards

Lights pollution is a problem in any large city or town. My piece tries to conceptually display this problem. When you look into the box, this symbolizes looking out into space. On the inside of the box, there are different objects that make strange sounds and strike curiosity in anyone. When looking into the box, all you are able to see is bright lights, yet you know that there is so much more behind the walls of box. This represents not being able to see our galaxy and stars at night.

Matthew Rafeedie

 Lorenzo Poto



 At Soundwalk 2013, we exhibited 30 wind chimes made by participants of our pilot Chimes for Change program. Collaborating with Loyola High School sound art teacher Steven Speciale and visual artist James Peterson, students built wind chimes out of recycled materials, expressing a sustainability issue through their piece. Then they learned how to compose electronic music using the mobile application Yellofier. Finally, students created their own song in the Yellofier app, using only sounds derived from their wind chime. The results were displayed at Soundwalk 2013, one of the country’s biggest sound art exhibits, in Long Beach, California. Attendees viewed the collection of chimes and could access each artists’ electronic song and artists statement by scanning a nearby QR code with their smart phone.  Photos by Monching Flores

If you’re interested in hosting a Chimes for Change program at your school or organization, please let us know!

Photo by Monching Flores