Impact Stories

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.

MoCo Arts Corridor Partnership

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MoCo Arts Corridor Partnership

The MoCo Arts Corridor Partnership is both a physical and cooperative initiative designed to promote the many art, cultural, and historic assets in Monmouth County, NJ. MoCo’s Mission is to make the Central Jersey Shore a cultural destination of choice. The MoCo (Monmouth County) Partnership includes government agencies, civic groups, artists, businesses, educational institutions, tourism and transportation organizations committed to building a more sustainable and resilient community through the creation of the MoCo Arts Corridor, and by leveraging the economic power the Arts create for the good of the entire community. In March 2013, The MoCo Arts Corridor Partnership was cited as a case study in a presentation to the United Nations by Bloomfield College’s Center for Creative Placemaking.

Read more about Creative MoCo here.


“The convening in Orange of 80+ people last March under the banner of the Orange Call to Collaboration allowed us the opportunity to expand our arts-as-the-engine-of-urban-revitalization movement from 15 blocks to the whole city of 33,000 people. The Orange Call to Collaboration is becoming an umbrella for public and private initiatives to innovatively confront our urban challenges and to celebrate our culture and diversity.”

– Patrick Morrissy, Former Executive Director, HANDS, Inc. (Orange)