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Trust Transfer Project (TTP)

Presented by Community Music School of Springfield & Springfield Cultural Partnership 

What is the Trust Transfer Project?

Trust Transfer Project is a partnership between Community Music School of Springfield and Springfield Cultural Partnership, led by Program Director Vanessa Ford. This new initiative allows our local artists to lead in health messaging that will directly impact the lives of their family, neighbors and friends.

This project model offers a unique opportunity for us to depend on one another to share and receive health messages in a creative and inspirational way. We’re building trust through the eyes of the most impacted by Covid-19. This project seeks to transform the health of our communities one artistic message at a time.

“We hope to bridge the partnership gap among artists, the faith community, health institutions & community organizations as we come together in unity. Out of the darkness of this pandemic comes a shining ray of hope. Artists will be lifted up and encouraged as their gifts make room for them to create as they help in the effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.” said Vanessa Ford, Project Manager. Read full press release here 

Read the full press release from Commonwealth of MA here

Contact Vanessa Ford, Project Manager:

Trust Transfer Project Impact Study

Black & Latinx communities continue to be impacted by COVID-19 at significantly higher rates, and to have lower vaccination rates, compared to state and national averages. With the closure of arts venues and cancellation of in-person events, artists have lost both significant income and the opportunity to showcase their artistic work.

In 2021, the Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) and the Springfield Cultural Partnership (SCP) established the Trust Transfer Project (TTP) to address these patterns. TTP appointed Vanessa Ford, a trusted member of the faith community, a recognized civic leader, and prolific artist to serve as Project Manager. Forming a team, she and CMSS and SCP project founders used their established relations with people throughout the city to
invite Springfield’s leaders, influencers, and community organizations to serve as TTP Sponsors. TTP tasked Sponsors with inviting and compensating local Black and Latinx artists to create new artwork in variety of languages and artistic mediums, and to include evidence-based messaging around COVID vaccines and stopping the spread. Read the full  TTP Impact Study


Dr. Jill Sonke, Director of the Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida & Senior Advisor to the CDC’s Vaccine Confidence and Demand Team on the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force

“Transfer Trust is an important example of how communities can leverage the arts and an understanding of trust – where it is lacking and where it is strong – to address critical issues, like the COVID-19 pandemic. The project has demonstrated that power can be shared, trust can be built, and artists can lead communities toward health and equity.  I would love to see this model applied in communities across the country to build strong and enduring cross-sector partnerships that center the power of the arts and artists to build healthier and more equitable communities.” 

DeVos Institute Announced SCP & CMSS as Partners in Pro Bono Initiative

Focused on Social Cohesion through the Arts

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland chose eleven arts & cultural organizations to participate in pro bono consultation services. Read more

Springfield Cultural Partnership & Community Music School of Springfield are proud & excited to be recognized as an organization/project team focused on strengthening arts programming to enhance social cohesion through the #TrustTransferProject. 
Visit the TTP webpage for more

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partnered with arts and culture organizations to promote vaccine confidence and demand.

The Trust Transfer Project  is highlighted under the project & organization field guide for creating positive messaging, and “engaging artists as critical partners and trusted messengers in promoting vaccine confidence—for COVID-19 and beyond.” Click here to explore more field guides

Communities for Immunity Announces First Round Awardees

We are excited to announce SCP & CMSS were chosen as partners for the work through the Trust Transfer Project

Supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Communities for Immunity provides funding awards and support to museums and libraries engaging their communities to boost COVID-19 vaccine confidence.

As trusted community partners, museums and libraries play a critical role in building vaccine confidence and fighting the pandemic. Awards will be provided to the fifty-one museums, libraries, and tribal organizations serving urban, suburban, and rural populations across twenty-four states!
Read full press release 


A Trust Transfer Project Event

Phenomenal Trust Transfer Artwork

Enjoy the artwork submitted through all our partners. Artists from all ages and backgrounds have contributed drawings, photos, poetry and videos!

Be sure to click the image to enlarge it and truly admire this amazing artwork


Family Lost

by Jordan Holmes | Mt. Zion Baptist Church


by Marcus Holmes | Mt. Zion Baptist Church

You're Just Not Gonna Win, Covid-19 Song

by Joe Velez | Community Music School of Springfield

Covid-19 - Spoken Word

by Minister Ebony Hopper Robinson | Whole Truth Temple Church

Cyber Brats: The Counterfeit Bandit

by Ken Harris | Springfield Cultural Partnership

What To Do, What Not To Do

by Darrius Johnson

Spread Knowledge, Not Germs

by Darrius Johnson

Spread Knowledge, Not Germs (Wash Your Hands)

by Darrius Johnson

My Faith & Hope to See a Better Tomorrow

by Journee Waters

Get Vax'd

by Neville Brothers | Blues 2 Green


by Andrew Maxwell


by Andrew Maxwell


by Andrew Maxwell


by First Lady Cynthia Swan

 Invited Participants Information


Trust Transfer Project is Invitation Only for Black & Latinx artists and organizations in Springfield’s South End & Metro Center

If you are interested in participating and meet the above criteria, please reach out to:

Project Manager, Vanessa

Trust Transfer Community Partners

“Trusting artists to create & support healthy communities.”

NAI Plotkin

TTP Inspired by CultureRx & BeHealthy Partnership

Culture Rx

The Culture Rx Initiative is a Mass Cultural Council (MCC) program dedicated to improving health and well-being through cultural participation. Read more

BeHealthy Partnership

The BeHealthy Partnership is made up of the Baystate Health Care Alliance and Health New England. The goal is to be a health care partner, where the focus is on the partner and their family’s overall well-being. Learn more

The BeHealthy Partnership includes primary care providers (PCPs) who are based at five nearby health centers in Springfield, Massachusetts:

Project Funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Davis Foundation & Community Foundation of Western MA

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $2.5 Million in Urban Agenda Grants for Community Based Awards to Urban Neighborhood


Urban Agenda Grant Program awards support community-based solutions to workforce and small business challenges

“BOSTON – Thursday, March 4, 2021 – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a total of $2.5 million in Urban Agenda grants to support 30 projects in 23 communities.

Launched by the Baker-Polito Administration in 2015, the Urban Agenda Grant Program promotes economic vitality in urban neighborhoods by fostering partnerships that capitalize on unique local assets and community-driven responses to specific challenges. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE


Thank you the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation for supporting the Trust Transfer Project & SCP operations.


Thank you the Community Foundation of Western MA for supporting the Trust Transfer Project & SCP operations.


Congratulations to Springfield

Springfield received 4 of the 30 project grants that were awarded across 23 communities:

Springfield – North End – New North Citizen’s Council: $75,000 to support Mano A La Obra, an initiative to help North End Latino businesses grow and remain competitive during and after the pandemic. The Council will also help start up new businesses among its participants.

Springfield – Otis Hill – Economic Development Council of Western MA: $75,000 to support 2Generation/Whole Family Approach to Careers Project. This project will support 20 unemployed and furloughed Black and Latino residents with families, with assistance in obtaining new skills to find jobs that fit their needs as well as the needs of their families.

Springfield – McKnight – Association of Black Business and Professionals: $100,000 to support Pathways to Economic Resilience in the Black Community, a partnership with Springfield and MassHire to provide workshops to business professionals, competitive grants to small businesses, and a $2,000 internship stipend to Black and Latino students.

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