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


“It was a delight to work with all of you on this initiative that is so critical to the future of our community. I have lived and worked in Atlantic City for 26 years. During those years, I have heard and read about so many “plans” that never were brought to completion. Thanks to Gathering Ground, we now have a blueprint for success. What you have done for us will impact the lives of so many people for years to come.”

– Diane Ramftl – Former Regional Charter Marketing Specialist, Harrahs (Atlantic City)

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