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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.

January 2024 News and Highlights

A Look Forward and Back at Gathering Ground

Here’s what we’re excited about in 2024, what we did in 2023, and resources we are loving…

What we are excited about in 2024…

Don’t miss our upcoming programs:

*All programs via Zoom

What we did in 2023…

Our Work…

  • We facilitated two in-person Call to Collaborations: Access to Nature and the Arts Ed NJ Call to Collaboration
  • We hosted Service Never Sleeps’ Allyship workshops offered by Whitney Parnell
  • We produced 5 Communities in Conversation virtual gatherings
  • We facilitated a session at the RWJF Grantee 2023 meeting
  • We launched our first End of Year Giving Campaign

Our Learning…

  • Elizabeth attended RWJF’s Catalyze 2023 Conference in Missouri
  • Staff Members participated in Pragmatic Activism workshops led by Orville Morales through the Grunin Foundation
  • Kacy attended the CSWAC Conference
  • Our Team attended the NJ Center for Nonprofits Annual Conference

Our People…

  • We welcomed our new Executive Director Maria Carnemolla
  • New Board President Natasha Dyer was appointed
  • Kacy celebrated her 10-year anniversary with Gathering Ground
  • Elizabeth celebrated her 12-year anniversary with Gathering Ground
  • Alyssa got engaged!

Resources we are loving…


“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)