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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.

Gathering Ground benefits from the active participation and wisdom of dozens of individuals who serve as members of our local community-based Host Teams.

Orange Host Team


Richard T. Bryant, ValleyArts Inc.
Louis Copeland, Arts Unbound
Keith Dent, Rising Tide Capital
Rebecca Doggett, HANDS Inc.
Dawn Fitch, Pooka Pure & Simple
Lorraine Gibbons, Garden State Urban Farms
Candace Goldstein, Orange Board of Education
Rev. Miguelina Howell, Church of the Epiphany
Elizabeth Jackson, Orange Police Department (retired)
Rosa Jackson, Church of the Epiphany
Dawn Jenkin, Orange Public Library
A. Lorraine Jones, Church of the Epiphany
Molly Rose Kaufman, University of Orange
Mike Malbrough, ORNG Ink
Jessica Mathelier, HANDS Inc.
John McEwen, New Jersey Theatre Alliance
Patrick Morrissy, HANDS Inc.
Clifford Pierre, ORNG Ink
Dr. Michelle Scott, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Joy Simeon, FAMILYConnections
John Surface, FAMILYConnections
Dwayne Warren, Mayor, City of Orange
Dr. Karma Warren, City of Orange
Kristin Wenger, New Jersey Arts Education Partnership
Adrianne Wooten, City of Orange, Recreation Department
Susan Lisbin, Milburn Public School
Margie Floyd, Resident
Jermaine Sutherland, Resident


“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)