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Creative Summit -Encouraging all to Create, Collaborate & Connect

Pictured: Moderator - Laura Ekstrand, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Presenter - John McEwen, NJ Theatre Alliance and Presenter - Meg Fallin Dietrich, Summit Area Public Foundation Credits: Ellen de Havilland

On a Tuesday evening, May 29th, Summit residents, artists, community leaders and business leaders came together for a Creative Summit Gathering at the United Methodist Church in Summit. The topic – connecting culture with community. It was all about how we can support each other to create a place where all creative ideas, all artists, and all people are welcome to create, collaborate and connect.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.” – Margaret Mead.

The discussion started with a presentation by Meg Fallin Dietrich, a trustee with the Summit Area Public Foundation on the topic of supporting the creative community. Dietrich shared background on the power of the arts for setting the stage for medical, communication and social purposes. She encouraged the group to support each other to elevate each other, and shared some of the resources available to Summit organizations.

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Next up was a presentation by John McEwen, Executive Director of the NJ Theatre Alliance. McEwen presented on the topic of relationship in cultural arts and community, highlighting collaborative opportunities that abound when citizens get together to shape their ideas. Sharing examples of towns across the state of New Jersey who have successfully launched creative initiatives, McEwen encouraged attendees to collaborate and work together as citizens, furthering the message that we can enrich and strengthen our ideas through the “spirit of collaboration…working together and understanding as a united front”. McEwen stated that “All people are inherently creative”…”you don’t have to be an artist to be creative.” He further shared that the emerging activities of the group should focus on people and diversification to all sectors of the community, thinking of the arts as a business.

The arts are for everyone. The arts build healthy communities by impacting economics, improving property values, creating jobs and supporting local business, building community pride, celebrating culture and diversity, and bringing people from all backgrounds together.

Moderator, Laura Ekstrand from Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre shared tips on her vision towards a path of success for this new group of engaged citizens, and representatives from community organizations, and independent artists, shared ideas and visions for the future of our creative community in Summit. The discussion rounded out with an inspired and motivated group that is ready to unify to support each other and the community.

The next Creative Summit Gathering will be Tuesday, July 10th at the Oakes Center at 120 Morris Ave in Summit. All are invited and encouraged to attend these lively discussions, and Creative Summit encourages a culture of support and sharing, as we are all stakeholders in raising up our creative community.

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eMedical Urgent Care to Hold Free Teddy Care Clinic During Berkeley Heights Street Fair, Sunday, June 24

June 22, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ  – What happens when a teddy bear gets a boo-boo?
Children will learn how minor ailments are treated during eMedical Urgent Care’s Teddy Bear Clinic during the Berkeley Heights Street Fair on Sunday, June 24.

At the office, located at 369 Springfield Avenue, children under 8 will receive a FREE plush teddy bear, and staff will provide each bear with a ...

The Grove at Connell Park Hosts a Home for Good Dog Rescue Adoption Event: Wednesday, June 27

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Home for Good Dog Rescue presents an adoption event from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27 at The Grove at Connell Park located on Connell Drive in Berkeley Heights. (Rain Date June 28)

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About Home for Good Dog Rescue: Home for Good Dog Rescue (HFGDR) is a 100 percent foster-based, non-profit ...

Moms Helping Moms Foundation Receives Overwhelming Support from Community to Help Mothers this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is often celebrated by showering the women in our lives with beautiful flowers, heartfelt cards, and taking them on special outings to show them how much they mean to us. Yet, for many low-income mothers living in our community, they struggle each day to provide the basics for their babies.

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Watchung Borough Mayor and Council Approve Affordable Housing Settlement

June 9, 2018

WATCHUNG, NJ -The Watchung Borough Council voted on Thursday night  to settle its third round affordable housing obligation mandated by the state of New Jersey. Watchung Borough’s immunity from builder's remedy lawsuits  expires on June 30.

 Mayor Stephen Pote was forced to cast the deciding vote after the council deadlocked at 3-3.

Video: Union County Celebrates Pride Month with CommUNITY PRIDE Day Picnic

June 19, 2018

RAHWAY, NJ - Parents, children, friends, and all family members came out on Saturday afternoon to Rahway River Park for the Union County CommUNITY PRIDE Day Picnic.

The family-friendly celebration hosted by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, was a day of fun activities of arts and crafts, family lawn games, inflatable bounce houses, playground fun and more, along with music by the ...

Madison Resident Awarded Children's 'Book of The Year' for Second Time

June 21, 2018

MADISON, NJ - Madison resident and author, Trish Lisa Wilson, is the recipient of Creative Child’s Magazine’s 2018 Book of the Year Award, a repeat honor. Wilson’s work, A Penny For Piggy: A Tale of Save, Spend, Share was also honored by the publication in 2014. The book was reviewed by parents and educators and received the highest accolade in two categories, specifically, ...

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