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.

NJVOAD Host Team

Thank you sign to volunteers in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Keith Adams, NJVOAD
Brenda Beavers, Salvation Army
Mike Broussard, American Red Cross
Kathy Durante, Ocean First Foundation
Kelly Damon Higgs, NJVOAD
Sue Marticek, Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group
Cathy McCann, FoodBank of New Jersey


“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)

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