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Creative New Jersey: The Spark of Collaboration in Asbury Park

Posted on by Kacy O’Brien, Program Manager, Creative New Jersey

On January 11 & 12, 2017, the Creative Asbury Park Call to Collaboration took place and welcomed a highly diverse group of individuals representing all areas of city life in Asbury Park. This two-day gathering was part of Creative New … Continue reading

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Creative NJ: Creativity and Collaboration in Asbury Park

Posted on by Kacy O’Brien, Program Manager, Creative New Jersey

The pioneering spirit of Asbury Park’s residents and businesses, coupled with the diversity of its neighborhoods and iconic places have remained steadfast and resilient through many changes. The momentum of the city’s burgeoning renaissance provides opportunities to build shared economic … Continue reading

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Creative New Jersey: Creative Thinking and an Urban Agenda — Perfect Together

Posted on by Elizabeth A. Murphy and Kacy O’Brien, Creative New Jersey

During the recent Spotlight On Cities Conference, produced by the highly-respected news organization NJ Spotlight, panelists and participants alike affirmed that creativity and creative thinking are critical if we are going to solve the problems that plague our cities. We heard … Continue reading

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Creative New Jersey: Leaning in to Lean Data

Posted on by Kacy O’Brien, Program Manager, Creative New Jersey

  I’ve recently been wrestling with questions about collecting data, as do all many of us in nonprofits across our state: What do we need to know and why?  What are we going to do once we know?  How can … Continue reading

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Creative New Jersey: Celebrating Community at Creative Hammonton

Posted on by Kacy O’Brien, Program Manager, Creative New Jersey

On an alternately rainy and sunny April 12th, Creative Hammonton’s second Call to Collaboration – a town-wide, cross-sector gathering of people from local business, environmental, social service, arts and culture, faith-based, education and government sectors, among others – welcomed participants … Continue reading

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Beyond Blueberries: Creative Hammonton Seizes Opportunity

Posted on by Kacy O’Brien, Program Manager, Creative New Jersey

Hammonton, best known to outsiders as prime blueberry country in the Pinelands of New Jersey, is a town with surprising diversity beyond the species found in this unique ecosystem. With a population of 15,000 — of which 20 percent are … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Open the Door to Creativity and Collaboration in 2016

Posted on by Kacy O’Brien, Program Manager at Creative New Jersey

  This month marks International Creativity Month, where creative communities, people and organizations all around the world celebrate the ingenuity of human imagination. Reflecting on Creative New Jersey’s past year, which saw Calls to Collaboration in Atlantic City and the … Continue reading

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How Learning to Play Dungeons & Dragons Makes Me a Better Creative Leader

Posted on by Kacy O’Brien, Program Manager at Creative New Jersey

With the holiday season upon us, and lots of hours spent with friends and family sprawled around living rooms, assembling toys and reading/arguing over directions to gadgets and games I’m grateful for a very particular game I’ve been learning to … Continue reading

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Reconnecting, Reflecting and Re-energizing: Creative NJVOAD Tackles The “What’s Next?” Question of Recovery Work

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On Thursday, October 22, 2015 — almost three years since Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey — Creative New Jersey teamed up with the New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NJVOAD) to bring together its statewide member network … Continue reading

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Better Together – Brain Trusts and Collaboration

Posted on by Kacy O'Brien, Creative New Jersey

At Creative New Jersey, we’re always in awe of the depth and breadth of the brain trusts in action during meetings of cross-sector, collaborative people (like Dodge’s Imagine Great Things gathering!). At the intersection of diverse perspectives, imagination, and collaboration … Continue reading

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Creative Skylands: Where New Jersey Gets Wild

Posted on by Elizabeth A. Murphy and Kacy O’Brien, Creative New Jersey

New Jersey’s Skylands region (also known as the Highlands) is a region that encompasses multiple state and national parks, lakes, working farms, and wineries. Arts and culture activities, historical attractions and family resorts pepper the rich landscape. And this region … Continue reading

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Atlantic City Gets Creative at Call to Collaboration

Posted on by Kacy O’Brien, Creative New Jersey

Creative Atlantic City welcomed over 135 people to the two-day Call to Collaboration. More than 135 people gathered at The Noyes Arts Garage at Stockton University for Creative Atlantic City’s Call to Collaboration on February 23 and 24. Those people were … Continue reading

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