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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.

March 2024 News and Highlights

This month at Gathering Ground

Here’s what we’re doing, resources we love and what we’re excited about…

We’ve been busy…

We are thrilled to share a recap of our equity-focused programming for March

Elevating Equity Anti-Oppression Collaborative Learning Program Workshop 1

  • We are excited to announce the kickoff of our Elevating Equity Anti-Oppression Collaborative Learning Program. This program aims to foster discussions, learning, and action around issues of equity and anti-oppression. With over 80 organizations participating in this second cohort, this remarkable response is a testament to the growing commitment within our community to address issues of equity and anti-oppression head-on. We are deeply inspired by the collective dedication of these organizations to drive meaningful change, and we cannot wait to embark on this transformative journey together. Our first of 6 workshops kicks off this Friday, March 29, 2024. It promises to lay a solid foundation for future conversations, collaboration and meaningful action.

Communities in Conversation BIPOC Mental Health

  • On March 6th, we hosted a successful Communities in Conversation gathering in partnership with the Mental Health Association in NJ. With over 65 participants, we engaged in a rapid-fire think tank discussion focusing on mental health for BIPOC communities. It was an insightful and empowering exchange of ideas, strategies, and resources.
  • If you are interested in partnering with us for a future Communities in Conversation, please reach out to Maria Carnemolla, Executive Director, at, or Kacy O’Brien, Director of Programming, at

Resources we are loving…

What we are excited about…

Upcoming Events

We invite you to explore our Programming Calendar for a comprehensive list of upcoming gatherings and workshops.

Stay tuned for:

Visit our Programming Calendar for details and registration information.


“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