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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.

Rahway Host Team

Rahway Call to Collaboration

Nikki Ahmetaj, Resident/Allume Events
Ennis Carter, Social Impact Studios
Kristine De Jesus-Farrar, Resident/Montclair State University
Rachael Faillace, Resident/Rahway Arts District
Nilyne Fields, Resident/Park Square Manager
Sondra Fishinger, Resident/Friends of Rahway Library/ Union County PAC Board of Trustees
Bobbi Fishman, Restaurant Owner, The Rail House 1449
Wendy Liscow, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Pam Marvin, Monmouth Arts
Michelle McTamney, Resident/Liberty Harley-Davidson/Buell
Eric Miles, Resident/Rahway Library Board of Trustees
Angela Pryor, Resident/Creative entrepreneur
Vanessa Rozzelle, Resident/Rahway Library Board of Trustees
Danni Rumsey, Union County Performing Arts Center
Tony Walker, Resident/Entrepreneur


“Last night I didn’t sleep because I was thinking about this [model of bringing people together]. With the New Jim Crow Project [focusing on mass incarceration] we have to plan events and programs all the time and suddenly I’m thinking that more people have to have conversations: I don’t have to have a keynote speaker, I have to create the kinds of programs that have people talking with each other and thinking about action steps. So it’s really changing the model for us about the way we’re going to do our communicating and programs and raising the level of self-awareness in education.”

– Barbara Flythe – Campaign to End Jim Crow (Trenton)