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Creative Elizabeth participants at the end of Day 1


Summary Info

Creative Elizabeth Call to Collaboration
October 23 & 24, 2014
Hosted by the First Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth, NJ

Central Question for the Call to Collaboration: How do we work more creatively and innovatively to draw upon Elizabeth’s historic greatness and ethnically-rich culture to maximize its assets and ensure a dynamic future?

Twenty-four different breakout sessions were held during Creative Elizabeth’s convening and topics included:

  • Move from segregated tolerance of one another to respectful appreciation of cultural diversity
  • Educate families on the importance of early literacy – ages birth to 3 years
  • Acknowledge and create an inclusive environment for the undocumented and day-laborers of Elizabeth
  • Develop/enhance a culture where the use and continued learning of native language is promoted and valued as a social asset?
  • Utilize branding and networks to communicate the services and projects in Elizabeth

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Dance and music students performers pose with staff of Institute of Music for Children

We were hosted by the First Presbyterian Church and our conference was held in the newly-restored, historic Snyder Academy Building. In between the intense conversations, we were treated to two performances by some of Elizabeth’s most talented students: a young violinist who studies at The Institute of Music for Children and two dancers from Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy.

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