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Springfield, MA 01108

Trinity's Community Gallery

In June 2021, Trinity Church was awarded a grant from the United Methodist Foundation of New England for the Trinity Community Gallery and Cafe. The foundation awards grants "to help fund strategic, vital, and creative ministries of organizations and faith communities of the New England Annual Conference."
 
Former Trinity pastor Rev. Perez, Andrea Rust and Vera Baker developed a proposal to re-purpose two under-utilized and accessible spaces to better serve the community.  In the proposal, they reflected on the church's founders' vision to design a "Community Cathedral where everyone could come to learn, to grow, to be enriched, and to draw closer to God." The gallery was seen as a place for showcasing the talents of local artists, and the cafe was presented as an open space for the community and congregation to gather and build connections. Together the two spaces are designed to engage the surrounding Forest Park community through art and other programming.
 
Although Springfield boasts a number of cultural and educational organizations, there are few in this section of the city. Springfield residents spent far too much time in isolation during the pandemic and we see this "third space" serving as an anchor for community life. Our community needs a safe place of deep personal connections, community building, and creative sharing. 
 
To date the Trinity Community Gallery has featured the arts of twelve Trinity members and local high school students with plans to showcase 3 community artists in the spring of 2023.  Local artists are invited to inquire at gallery-cafe@trinityspringfield.org.
 
The cafe is currently a meeting place for fellowship hour on Sunday mornings with a vision of opening more days/hours to the public in the future. Locally roasted coffee by Monsoon Roasters in Springfield is freshly ground in the Trinity kitchen, and tea from Tea Guys in Whately MA is offered. Rev. Calhoun offered a blessing on the gallery and cafe on Sunday, December 11, 2022.
 
Expansion plans are contingent on congregation and community support and involvement. Anyone interested in helping the gallery and cafe to grow and serve the wider community is asked to speak with Andrea or Vera or e-mail gallery-cafe@trinityspringfield.org.
 
The January exhibit in the Trinity Gallery features memories of the Boar's Head Festival from its beginning in 1984 through 2020. Stop in on Sunday morning and enjoy photos, posters, programs and memorabilia or call 413-218-7391 during the week for a special viewing.