Trust Transfer Project

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.

Our incredibly talented and brave local artists are being lifted and supported by our dedicated community partners who range from small businesses to bodegas to churches & childcare centers to large institutions and organizations.

Throughout Springfield in the months of June and July artists work (visual art, poetry music created by Trust Transfer artists will be displayed throughout the city to inspire and encourage community members to seek information, to engage in conversations about their health and stopping the spread of Covid-19.

“I was honored & proud for my kids to create art, but also overwhelmed to find out how they felt about their 2020 experience, I had no idea that they felt so strongly about it. I thought they were just happy to be out of school, but I was so wrong, sometimes we don’t ask kids their perspective on things, but this project made me think differently.” said mother of Trust Transfer youth artists, Tina Tucker-Garner.

In challenging times like these. We must have an anchor. After we’ve exhausted all of our other typical strategies for change, the only thing left is trust. Not just trust for this moment, but for moving forward. We’re planting a seed of trust now, watering it and giving it enough light to grow abundantly, branching out into the most vulnerable segments of our city with creative messages of truth, healing & hope for a better future for us all.

— Vanessa Ford, Director of Trust Transfer Project. May 20, 2021

Read the full press release from CMSS/SCP here 

Read the full press release from Commonwealth of MA here

“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, CMSS teaching artist and lifelong resident of Springfield, who served for the past eight years as a MA Senate Staff member.

Contact Vanessa Ford, Project Manager:

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

 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.