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Downtown Springfield, Chalk for Change
July 16 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Join us on JULY 16, from 12:00-5:00 PM, in Court Square in downtown Springfield for family friendly creation spaces, line dancing, performances and more! Walk around downtown and watch our talented local artists transform our sidewalks with their colorful CHALK DRAWINGS!
Chalk for Change is a free community event hosted by the Trust Transfer Project, a collaboration between Community Music School of Springfield, Springfield Cultural Partnership, the City of Springfield, the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services, the Behavioral Health Network, and Common Wealth Murals.
The Trust Transfer Project’s Chalk for Change event is an afternoon of family-friendly dance, spoken word, drumming, live visual art creation, and more, to bring messages of hope and healing to the City. Mayor Domenic Sarno and Health & Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris will provide remarks at 2:00 PM. CDC Foundation representative, Rachael Casey, will be our special guest for the Chalk for Change Event. Vanessa Ford, Program Director for the Trust Transfer Project will be emceeing the event and will be joined by Trust Transfer Project partners Eileen McCaffery of Community Music School of Springfield, Karen Finn of Springfield Cultural Partnership and Britt Ruhe of Common Wealth Murals.
Simultaneous to the event in Court Square, artists will create 14 chalk sidewalk murals themed around positive change in our communities, a central tenet of the Trust Transfer Project. Media and the public are invited to engage with artists by visiting mural locations throughout Springfield. A full event schedule and list of neighborhood locations is available online https://springfieldculture.org/chalk-for-change-2022/ Chalk for Change 2022 artists, curated by Common Wealth Murals, will be Jeff Nero, REPO, SELF.NVEST, LESN, Nathan Miller, Nathan Weed, Michael P.
Alongside the creative programming offered throughout Court Square and neighborhood parks, a retrospective gallery of Trust Transfer Project works throughout the COVID-19 pandemic will be presented. The BHN mobile vaccination clinic will be onsite at Court Square to offer COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters alongside the Springfield Vax Force. Chalk for Change 2022 is made possible, in part, through grants from the CDC Foundation, the City of Springfield and MA State Senator Adam Gomez