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.

Highlands Community Sponsors

Highlands Gathering Ground

Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Clean Ocean Action
Highland Borough Arts Council
Monmouth Arts
Monmouth County Division of Planning
New Jersey Future
Sustainable Jersey
Bay Ave Bakery & Cafe
Girls Cafe
Highlands Pancake House
The Water Witch Coffee & Tea Company


“Walls came down, bridges were built, inspiration was shared, challenges were tackled, hope was renewed because people who care took the time to come together to have meaningful conversation.Thank you for creating the environment to make this possible. We are stronger together.”

– Doug Goulding, Chief Serving Officer at NCS Paterson and the Paterson Health Initiative

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