The Creative Camden Call to Collaboration took place over two days – the first on March 16th hosted by Rugters University-Camden and the second on May 8th hosted by the Camden Salvation Army Kroc Center.  Over 200 people participated over the course of those two days to deliberate and form action plans around the issues that are most important to them.

Fifty-four strategic discussions sparked new collaborations and strengthened partnerships during the Creative Camden Call to Collaboration.

Participants engaged in a variety of conversations about how to make their city better. Some of the topics discussed included:

  • Opportunities to create businesses with a commitment to employ Camden residents;
  • Collaboration between business and nonprofits to mentor and train youth;
  • Building healthy relationships between youth returning from detention and their communities; and
  • Engaging and empowering community members (all ages) to be actively involved in the burgeoning transformation of Camden.

If you want to become involved with the Creative Camden members, please email us at and we’ll be sure to connect you. There’s a new Creative Camden Facebook group that recently launched and you can check out photos and videos there. A compendium of the notes from all discussions across both days of the Creative Camden Call to Collaboration will be available shortly, and can be accessed on the Ideation – Complete Notes page.

The Creative Camden Host Team members, who are working collaboratively over several months to help make the Call to Collaboration possible, include:

Bob Atkins, NJ Health Initiatives
Sean Brown, Media Mobilizing Project
Sarah Bryant, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership
Sandra Capell, Subaru of America, Inc.
Sister Karen Dietrich, Catholic Partnership Schools
Sidney Hargro, Community Foundation of South Jersey
Glenna Harkins, Catholic Partnership Schools
Ray Lamboy, Latin American Economic Development Association
Brendan Lowe, Camden City School District
Amy Hever, Community Engagement & Sixers Youth Foundation
Meishka Mitchell, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership
Teresa Niedda, Center for Environmental Transformation
Angel Osorio, District Council Collaborative Board
Bridget Phifer, Parkside Business and Community in Partnership
Dan Rhoton, Hopeworks ‘n Camden
Noreen Scott-Garrity, Rutgers Camden Center for the Arts
Desi Seck, Camden Repertory Theater
Nyeema Watson, Office of Civic Engagement, Rutgers-Camden
James Yoakum, Cooper River Distillery

Creative New Jersey’s team in Camden: Elizabeth Murphy, Kacy O’Brien & Diana Mendez