pic1Cheryl L’Hirondelle of the Aboriginal Education Council and the IDRC of OCADU, Toronto did a residency with SMARTlab in January to launch the community engagement project for native peoples: ‘Tighe Cree/Croí: Where the People of the Crannógs and Mikiwâhp Converge’.

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Lisa-DomicanDoctrid ASSISTID associate researcher Lisa Domican has been announced as the joint winner of The IMAGE Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award for her pioneering work in developing the GRACEapp to assist communications for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Named for Lisa’s daughter Grace, the ‘app’ has changed the lives of many young people, families and communities. See www.graceapp.com.

Check out the video “Imaginable intelligence – everyone deserves to be heard: Lisa Domican at TEDxDublin”.

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neorioNeoRio 2013: The Ice Cream Olympics – Intimate Ecologies: Tastes of the Monument

This year’s NeoRio is a 3 month artist’s residency – the first in the newly designated Rio Grande Del Norte Monument and is a series of workshops, educational activities and an exhibition, raising the profile of the final event The Ice Cream Olympics.

The Ice Cream Olympics is an inclusive accessible field day with the sole aim of churning ice cream from local ingredients and to create local flavours playfully exploring bio-cultural diversity one scoop at a time.

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Queen-MarySign up now for the EcCoWell Conference in Cork city! The two day event explores the EcCoWell approach – integrating strategies across ecology & economy (Ec), community & culture (Co) well-being & lifelong learning (Well). EcCoWell is about taking a holistic approach to policies aimed at creating humane cities that foster quality of life and well-being for their residents.

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Youbloomyoubloom is coming to Dublin! youbloom is a development programme created for unsigned artists, and for both live and online discoveries. The programme is driven by a love of new music, a desire to give back to the community and to support the emerging artists of tomorrow. It is a community of fans, promoters and artists that have a single overriding interest – the promotion of new artists and their music.

“youbloom@Dublin is an amazing opportunity for independent bands/artists and has the potential to become Dublin’s SouthbySouthWest” – Bob Geldof

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culturlabSMARTlab is pleased to collaborate with the new CultúrLab! Cultúr Lab showcases Ireland’s vast wealth of intellectual and cultural capital, promoting cutting edge, publically engaged, and innovative ways of building on the synergies between the city, university, creative communities, and private enterprise.

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AnitaAnita McKeown, the SMARTlab at UCD’s CATALYST Manager, has been awarded one of two international funding awards from SPIRES (Supporting People who Investigate Research Environments & Spaces), to support a three-week research trip to Rutgers University, New Jersey.

In addition to her management role, Anita is a resident interdisciplinary artist, researcher and PhD student at the SMARTlab. She will be visiting Arts Builds Communities (ABC) and also the Collaborative Center for Community-Based Learning, Service, and Public Scholarship.

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