Trust Transfer Project to be featured at the upcoming Arts & Public Health Panel

Thursday, February 29 at 12:30 pm ET / 9:30 am PT  Register Here   Public health communications can be enhanced with imagination, flexibility, and creativity to effectively connect across audiences. Artists are particularly responsive to cultural, political, and social changes, and are adept at meeting the moment through new collaborative tools. Artistic frameworks can break down complex topics, unify people across different ideologies, and bring public health issues to life for communities. Join researchers, practitioners, and artists who have used the arts to shift views and build healthier communities.

Moderator: Jill Sonke, Ph.D., Director of Research Initiatives, Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida Featured speakers:

  • Tasha Golden, Ph.D., Director of Research, International Arts + Mind Lab at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Vanessa Ford, Artivist, Associate Director, Community Music School of Springfield; Program Director, Trust Transfer Project
  • David Fakunle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Public and Allied Health, Morgan State University School of Community Health & Policy

Community Music School of Springfield and Springfield Cultural Partnership’s Trust Transfer Project will be featured at the upcoming Arts & Public Health Panel hosted by Public Health Communications Collaborative and moderated by Jill Sonke, Ph.D., Director of Research Initiatives at Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida. Trust Transfer Project Program Director Vanessa Ford, who also serves as Associate Director of CMSS, will be one of the featured speakers. Also presenting is Tasha Golden, PhD, Director of Research, International Arts + Mind Lab at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Brain Science Institute and David Fakunle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Public and Allied Health at Morgan State University School of Community Health & Policy. The Trust Transfer Project is a partnership between Community Music School of Springfield and the Springfield Cultural Partnership. This initiative allows local artists to lead the way in health messaging that will directly impact the lives of their family, neighbors and friends, offering a unique opportunity for us to depend on one another to share and receive health messages in a creative and inspirational way. Initially designed to build trust through the eyes of those most impacted by Covid-19. The Trust Transfer Project is also focused on community care centered around mental health wellness and food justice by transforming the health of our communities one artistic message at a time.

“When artists are empowered to motivate our hearts to unite in addressing our health challenges, we have the ability together to improve our overall physical, social and emotional well-being.” said Vanessa Ford, Program Director, Trust Transfer Project and Associate Director of CMSS. “An Arts focused approach to our public health communications requires a shifting of norms and systems that value lived experiences and the beauty of engaging artists in an equitable process of helping to cultivate more resilient communities. We’re excited about the Arts influencing hope with indicators of measurable outcomes impacting our wellness. This Arts focused infusion has awakened a yearning of our souls for human connections and care as a mechanism for community healing.” said Ford. “We are thrilled to see Vanessa Ford, Associate Director of the Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS), began with CultureRx Social Prescription, and the Trust Transfer Project, and has continued to lead such strong creative and collaborative cross-sector work in Springfield by centering equity, partnerships, the voice of community, and the beautiful joy that comes with dance, movement, and music”, said Käthe Swaback, Program Officer of Mass Cultural Council. “CMSS offers opportunities to build human connection while reducing anxiety and stress, showing how the arts can be effective partners in improving the well-being of individuals and in strengthening community care for all. We deeply appreciate their passion for this work as well as their contribution to the statewide efforts and the national research in arts on prescription” said Swaback.

About Community Music School: Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS)’ mission is to provide an equitable and inclusive center of excellence in music and arts education that empowers individuals, inspires creative passion, and promotes well-being in our greater community. About Springfield Cultural Partnership: Springfield Cultural Partnership (SCP)’s mission is to foster civic engagement and arts education in the City of Springfield by creating and sustaining a vibrant cultural environment, authentically engaging institutions, artists, and the community. REGISTER HERE

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