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In Nov. 2021 after ten years of our evolving mission and impact, we changed our name to Gathering Ground. You may still find reference to our old name Creative New Jersey in posts created prior to Nov. 2021.

Asbury Park Community Sponsors

Asbury Park Gathering Ground

Holy Spirit Church
Asbury Park Roastery Booskerdoo Coffee & Baking Co.
Brickwall Tavern
Confections of a Rock$tar
Crust & Crumble Gourmet Pizzeria & Bakery
Frank’s Deli & Restaurant
Interfaith Neighbors
Kula Cafe
Kula Urban Farms
Langosta Lounge
MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos
Pasta Volo Porta
Wegmans – Ocean


“Last night I didn’t sleep because I was thinking about this [model of bringing people together]. With the New Jim Crow Project [focusing on mass incarceration] we have to plan events and programs all the time and suddenly I’m thinking that more people have to have conversations: I don’t have to have a keynote speaker, I have to create the kinds of programs that have people talking with each other and thinking about action steps. So it’s really changing the model for us about the way we’re going to do our communicating and programs and raising the level of self-awareness in education.”

– Barbara Flythe – Campaign to End Jim Crow (Trenton)