Category Archives: Creativity

How Do You Build a Truly Creative Community?

Posted on by Donna Drewes, Sustainable Jersey

It’s not surprising, but the places we want to live in are the ones that have embraced and fostered creativity and sustainability. When asked about the qualities that people want in a region, they are experiential; we want a mix … Continue reading

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The Intersection of Creativity and Community

Posted on by Elizabeth Murphy, Director, Creative New Jersey

Intersections are places of movement, excitement, and sometimes danger.   When we enter an intersection, we are presented with a choice: do we go straight through?; turn right or left?; spin around the circle for a few times until we are … Continue reading

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Celebrating Creative Abundance

Posted on by Ennis Carter, Social Impact Studios

One of the things I like most about being an Advisory Board member and partner of Creative NJ is the opportunity to explore big ideas that can make a direct impact on our everyday lives, communities and society. One recent … Continue reading

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Making Orange Pop!

Posted on by Elizabeth Murphy, Director, Creative New Jersey

Some of the Creative Orange participants The City of Orange Township, NJ has a powerful spirit that is fueled by its passionate, committed residents, nonprofit leaders, business owners, teachers, and local officials.  Last Friday and Saturday, nearly 100 of these … Continue reading

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A Culture of Creativity

Posted on by Elizabeth Murphy, Director, Creative New Jersey

Here we are….on the last day of the first month of the New Year.  The month of January connotes new beginnings and a fresh start.  It is also designated as International Creativity Month—a time to remind individuals and organizations around … Continue reading

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It’s Time for Journalists to Learn Math

Posted on by Debbie Galant, Director, NJ News Commons

Watching someone like Matt Ericson of the New York Times show off the fabulous data visualizations that his department makes is a little like watching a master magician. What is there, after all, to pulling a rabbit out of a … Continue reading

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Board Recruitment: It’s Not Just Paint By Numbers

Posted on by Laura Otten, Executive Director, The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University

Finding the right board members is part science and part art.  The science is easy; the art, as with anything creative, is the harder part. In a nutshell, the science part of finding good board members who bring to the … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday: Education and Creativity Part II

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

If we mandate that teachers’ rank, salary and job security be determined by how their students perform on standardized tests, we are mandating that teachers teach toward standardized tests.  If we mandate that school districts’ performance on these tests determines … Continue reading

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Creative Rahway Makes its Mark

Posted on by Rachael Faillace, Executive Director, Rahway Arts District and Creative Rahway Host Team Co-Leader

Seventy-five adults from all walks of life sat in a circle, looking at a stack of blank paper and markers in the center of the floor. Once the instructions were given, a flurry of action erupted as participants began approaching … Continue reading

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Philanthropy and Prometheus

Posted on by Wendy Liscow, Program Officer, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

Pro-me-the-an (adjective): 1) Relating to the Titan Prometheus; 2) Boldly creative and imaginatively original Wikipedia reports that the word “Philanthropy” was first coined by the Greek playwright Aeschylus (or one of his contemporaries who didn’t get the appropriate credit) in … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday: Education and Creativity Part I

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

We live in an era when increased emphasis on standardized testing threatens to narrow the focus of education to questions that have predictable answers.  Some of us might not see this as a problem.  After all, an essential function of … Continue reading

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The Creative Edge That Is NJ Arts

Posted on by Ann Marie Miller, Executive Director, Art Pride NJ Foundation

Creativity is relative.  It is innovation’s Siamese twin, the artist’s muse, and a commodity in the business world. In the non-profit arts world it is an essential component of management, marketing and fund development. While there are countless ways in … Continue reading

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Sustainability and Creativity…Perfect Together: Creating AWE (an Arts from Waste Experience)

Posted on by Lawrence E. McCullough, Ph.D, Grants Officer, Woodbridge Township, NJ

For many people, the concept of Sustainable Living as a means of protecting our environment is simple to grasp, yet challenging to put into daily practice. Sustainability advocates are discovering that a focused application of creativity principles is one of … Continue reading

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Does Structure Inspire Creativity?

Posted on by Allison Trimarco, Principal, Creative Capacity, LLC

In strategic planning, it just might… When we hear the word creativity, we often envision a wild, unfettered environment in which great ideas seem to pop up effortlessly. It brings to mind artists being suddenly struck by inspiration and spending … Continue reading

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Celebrate the New Year with Creativity

Posted on by Wendy Liscow, Program Officer, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

I imagine you, like me, have a host of stories from the holidays.  I traveled to the mid-west to visit family for a week.  As always, I had a raucously joyous time playing with my little nephews and nieces, and … Continue reading

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