Creative NJ hosts weekly statewide conversations to connect communities in time of crisis

April 14, 2020

At Creative New Jersey, we know the power of keeping networks strong and connected, and we want to help everyone to advance a dialogue around the critical issues facing our communities right now, as well as share timely and accurate information.

There is no more pressing issue in our communities than COVID-19, which in a matter of months has illuminated the many ways that we are all connected and reminds us we still have much work to do to ensure the most marginalized in our communities do not continue to shoulder the brunt of inequities.

That’s why we are supporting each other by connecting virtually and we invite all to join us for Creative NJ Statewide Conversations on Wednesday mornings.

Join these weekly video statewide briefings to connect, support and learn from colleagues in communities around the state:
• Schedule: Every Wednesday from 10am to 11am (through April and May)
• Registration is necessary: Register for the Wednesday ZOOM calls at 10 am

Topics range from economic stimulus relief for nonprofits and small businesses to education challenges to resources and special concerns for people with disabilities, among other topics.

These are not webinars — these are video conversations with a diverse group of people from all parts of the state. Our featured guest speakers deliver a 10-minute briefing which is then followed by a Q&A with our participants.

On Wednesday, April 15 at 10 a.m., we are joined by Miriam Axel-Lute of Shelterforce, Brit Harley of Newark Public Radio/WBGO, and Stefanie Murray of the Center for Cooperative Media to learn more about local media’s role in informing community, fostering equity, and tips for uncovering local stories in this time of crisis.

Recent panelists included Linda Czipo from The Center for Nonprofits, Joe Palazzolo from NJ Community Capital, and Craig Weinrich from Council of New Jersey Grantmakers.

Video recordings, resources and summaries of each call available on our COVID-19 Response page.
Download April 1 summary & resource links here (recording coming soon).
Download April summary & resources links here and view the video recording below.

We know this is a super busy and stressful time for everyone. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with your ideas on how we can continue to foster a more creative, collaborative and inclusive New Jersey during this time of crisis.

We stand in solidarity with you.

Creative New Jersey fosters collaboration, community inclusion and creative thinking by convening highly-diverse groups of people with varied cross-sector skills, viewpoints, backgrounds, and lived-experiences, in order to advance a community dialogue around critical issues, build and strengthen diverse community networks, encourage cross-sector and multi-cultural partnerships, and foster equitable community-based solutions.