The first day of the Creative Camden Call to Collaboration was held on Thursday, March 16th and brought together over 140 residents, business owners, nonprofit leaders and more.  Plans for a second day are underway. Check back here for updates, of if you have any questions, please contact Kacy O’Brien at:

Camden, the “City Invincible,” which built its early reputation as a port city, industrial and manufacturing hub, is currently home to major hospitals, higher education institutions and many attractions. Though Camden has been faced with economic challenges for many years, the spirit of its residents and champions from all walks of life has kept the City moving forward. A highly diverse city, Camden is poised to become a model 21st-Century city – one that embraces all of its residents, economic prosperity for all, and collaboration for the collective good. Many individuals and organizations have been working toward those goals for years, and recent national attention and investments are indications that Camden’s evolution is ripening.

The first day of Creative Camden Call to Collaboration took place on Thurs., March 16, 2017 at the Multi-purpose room of the Campus Center at Rutgers-Camden. This gathering is part of Creative New Jersey’s statewide series of community-based convenings, aimed at helping to fuel current efforts already in action and to foster creativity, innovation, and sustainability by facilitating cross-sector partnerships in commerce, education, philanthropy, government, and culture.  Due to a snow-storm, one of the two planned days is being rescheduled.  More information on the details for the second day will be coming soon.

If you want to get involved, please contact Kacy O’Brien at, who can assist you with more information and registration.

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