Mission and Vision
Advocates of Change is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization mobilizing and empowering the music community to positively impact our communities through art and activism. Our mission is to nurture our society and environment by empowering our peers through education, inclusive action, music, and the arts. By utilizing the passion and creativity of the music and arts community, we raise funds, goods, and awareness for humanitarian causes, while encouraging the arts and community activism.
As Advocates, we aim to provide the opportunities and experiences for our communities to feel empowered and supported. From our perspective, there are so many people within this community that feel an intense call to reach out and help those that are in need of support. We want our community to know that we are here to help you in that endeavor. We are here to be your platform for change. By using art to connect the music community to the causes that we care about, we are connecting to ourselves more deeply. By bridging the gaps, we are healing our planet, each other, and ourselves.
We began as Share Your Cloud in the fall of 2014. Share Your Cloud was a result of conversations between friends and music enthusiasts about how to cultivate an atmosphere of activism within the music community. The first action was a clothing drive, and then a book drive, both hosted before Papadosio shows. The response was incredible. The art raffle aspect was added for the Papadosio show in Cincinnati over Thanksgiving weekend of 2014. Friends graciously donated artwork for the raffle, we encouraged monetary donations in exchange for art giveaway tickets, and we kept it rolling from there…
After two years of sharing clouds, in fall of 2016, we decided to change our name to Advocates of Change. We feel that this name more accurately and directly portrays our mission and vision, while still holding on to our Papadosio roots.
When we started this project two years ago, we had no idea it would develop as it has but believed strongly in our community’s power and desire to make a difference together. Our project has become a platform for real social change, powered entirely by the passion and creativity of this music and arts community. We’ve helped heal and protect the environment, given hope to medical patients through tangible community support, given children the opportunity to develop through art and music, clothed and fed thousands of people, and have given our community an accessible means to make a positive impact. Thousands of hours given by hundreds of people have taught us and so many others that we can do anything with love and determination.