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.

Trenton Host Team

Trenton Marketplace of ideas

June Ballinger, Passage Theatre Company
Larry Capo, Young Audiences of NJ and Eastern PA
Dan Fatton, I Am Trenton Community Foundation
Darren Freedom Green, Trenton Council of Civic Associations
Sam Frisby, Trenton YMCA
Kristin Gonzalez, Thomas Edison State College
Susan Haig, NJ Arts News
Maureen Heffernan, Young Audiences of NJ and Eastern PA
Elissa Horan, CARE Trenton
Jacque Howard, Trenton365
Princess Jenkins, I Am Trenton Community Foundation
Ayo Johnson, Westminster Community Life Center
Peter Kasabach, NJ Future
Katherine Kish, Einstein’s Alley
Lynn Lemyre, Artworks Trenton
Christian Martin, Trenton Downtown Association
Diana Rogers, City of Trenton, Department of Economic Development


“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)