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.

Gathering Ground benefits from the active participation and wisdom of dozens of individuals who serve as members of our local community-based Host Teams.

Atlantic City Host Team

Atlantic City

Michael Cagno, Noyes Museum
Mayor Chuck Chiarello, Buena Vista Township Diane DeLuca, Atlantic City Ballet
Allan Doerr, Caesars Entertainment
Michael Epps, The Epps Law Firm P.A.
Joyce Hagen, Atlantic Cape Community College
Sidney Hargro, Community Foundation of South Jersey
Sharon Harrington, Casino Control Commission
Pam James, Atlantic City Housing Authority
Bert Lopez, Hispanic Alliance of Atlantic City
Alex Marino, Carnegie Center/Assistant to the Provost at Stockton College
Joe Molineaux, Small Business Development Center at Stockton College
Ken Mosca, Atlantic City Electric
Phyllis Papa, Atlantic City Ballet
Cydnee Phoenix, Community Think Tank
Diane Ramftl, Caesars Entertainment
Chief Henry White, Atlantic City Police Department
Libbie Wills, 1st Ward Civic Association
Diane Deluca, Atlantic City Ballet Company
John Rosnick, Resident
Wendy Liscow, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation 


“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)