Sharing Our Thoughts

Welcome to Creative New Jersey’s Blog!  Many of these posts have also appeared in our regular guest spot on The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Blog.  Many of our collaborators, champions, and participants will appear in these pages.  We are grateful for the insights, wisdom and resources they share with us!

When Young People Are Heard

We sat down with two Host Team members of Creative Asbury Park to get their take on how Creative New Jersey’s Call to Collaboration in Asbury Park afforded them the chance to connect community leaders with the young people they serve at Asbury Park’s High School.  The...

LNJ Part X: New Beginnings

December 2015 - Commencement This blog is the final entry in a ten-part series capturing my experiences as part of the 2015 Lead NJ Class, which follows the monthly two-day seminars our class participates in over the course of one year.  For the last several weeks...

LNJ Part II: “E” is for Education

March 2015 Seminar This blog is part of a ten-part series capturing my experiences as part of the 2015 Lead NJ Class, which follows the monthly two-day seminars our class participates in over the course of one year.  For the next several weeks I’ll be posting a blog...

Creativity, Inc.: A Love Letter to Pixar

Originally posted on the Geraldine R. Dodge Blog. I love Pixar.  I love the ingenuity of their stories from Toy Story to Finding Nemo and Wall-E to Brave. I love the vividness of the worlds they create through animation. And I sure do love Co-Founder and President Ed...

Creativity and Collaboration Take Courage

Originally posted on the Geraldine R. Dodge Blog. As I reflect upon our recent Creative Highlands: Call to Collaboration, I am reminded of the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity and loss. The residents and business owners of this seaside community have...

How Do You Build a Truly Creative Community?

Originally posted on the Geraldine R. Dodge Blog. I want to live in a community with neighborhood art galleries, interesting music options, different kinds of food, places to perform, theaters and a culture that values the arts and the environment. It’s not...

The Intersection of Creativity and Community

Originally posted on the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Blog. 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...

Trenton Connects…Collaborates…and Creates!

Originally posted on the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Blog. I Am Trenton Community Foundation and Creative New Jersey worked with many local partners to convene Creative Trenton’s first Call to Collaboration, a two-day open-space meeting at Living Hope Empowerment...

Trenton: Creative Ideas

Mixed-use Entrepreneurial Training Center: REPENT, a recidivism support program, and local organizational development professional and members of the UIH met to discuss needs for a mixed-use building for recently released inmates to have both a place to live, access...

A Creative Recovery

Originally posted on the Geraldine R. Dodge Blog. This month we mark the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy crashing upon New Jersey and our neighboring states.  While it was painfully obvious that Sandy was a monumental storm of the highest magnitude, I don’t think...

Celebrating Creative Abundance

Originally posted on the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Blog. 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...

Strange Bedfellows Make Creative Partnerships

Originally posted on the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Blog. “….mystery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows” exclaims the shipwrecked Trinculo, while seeking shelter from the storm, in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and the same might be said by dozens of nonprofit...