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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.

Skylands Host Team

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Mark Avondoglio, Perona Farms
Stephen L. Fredericks, The Growing Stage-The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey
Suzanne Ishee, Center for Creative Placemaking
Jared Janish, Mount Olive High School
Andrea Kirchuk, Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce
Courtenay Mercer, Regional Plan Association
Brian Mok, Mount Olive High School
Kristin Muller, Peters Valley School of Craft
Nancy Paffendorf, Centenary College
Jason Sarnoski, Warren County Freeholder
Jim Sheldon, Hackettstown Business Improvement District
Greg Stewart, Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce
Laura Szwak, NJ Conservation Foundation

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“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)