Wednesday
16th March

Creativity, Neuroscience and Equity

Creativity, Neuroscience and Equity’ Neuroscience and creativity combine to build better. Globe spanning examples turn the world.

The video below which was first broadcast on St Patricks Festival TV as a ‘taster’ of the day.

10.00–11.00

Displaced Issue

Discussing the enduring impacts of displacement on brain heath and the healing of creativity are:

Tala al Rousan,  Jordanian researching refugee health  in USA

Zarlasht Halaimzai,  founder of the Refugee Trauma Initiative offering creativity as care

Durkhanai Ayubi, restaurateur, displaced Afghan, writer, changing narratives of displacement

Dominic Campbell, Co-founder Creative Aging International

Hosted by Rachel Hoare, Trinity Research in Childhood Centre.

Please see below for video of the session.  Please note, as the session was recorded live the audio quality is uneven.

 

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Contributors

Dr. Tala Al-Rousan, MD, MPH, Assistant professor and founding faculty at the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity and an affiliate faculty at the division of Geriatrics. She brings to UC San Diego expertise in health equity and global health research focusing on marginalized populations. Dr. Al-Rousan has extensive expertise in designing and conducting epidemiological research in limited resource settings including mix-methods and multi-disciplinary study designs. Her previous research studied the impact of institutionalization on brain health, function, and disease outcomes in the criminal justice, refugee, ethnic minorities, mobile-home dwelling, frail older adults and other marginalized populations. Trained in medicine and epidemiology in Jordan, Egypt and the US, Dr. Al-Rousan’s ongoing research focuses on designing evidence-based programmatic interventions and health policies that reduce health disparities centering a human-rights approach and using innovative technologies to promote health and longevity. In San Diego, she is currently leading a hypertension self-management intervention study among Middle Eastern and East African refugees as well as multiple projects studying dementia and barriers to care among recently-resettled Syrian and Iraqi refugees, two of the fastest growing foreign-born populations in San Diego. Internationally, she is leading a study examining the impact of encampment on cognition in Jordan and Lebanon, and is part of a study assessing hypertension management in Peru, Malawi and Cameroon. Dr. Al-Rousan is a former Doctors Without Borders physician having served in Yemen and at the headquarters in Geneva, and a Bernard Lown Fellow at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. She is an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute and part of an international Atlantic Fellows network of emerging leaders and activists focusing on health equity in migrant populations. She is a recipient of multiple awards including the NIH K23 award, the senior Atlantic Fellowship funded  by the Atlantic Philanthropies, the American Journal of Public Health Award for Innovative Research in Aging. Dr. Al-Rousan serves as a consultant, key investigator and/or on the advisory boards of multiple agencies including the World Health Organization Commission on Migration, the Center for Life Course and Vulnerable Population Research at UC San Diego, Resolve to Save Lives Hypertension international program, the Global Brain Health Institute, the Jordanian Minister of Health, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and others. D. Al-Rousan is a current mentor to multiple students, postdocs and fellows and is available for mentorship with passion to mentor those from underrepresented backgrounds especially refugee, first-gen, LGBTQ and racial and ethnic minority students.

Website:
https://www.gbhi.org/profiles/tala-al-rousan
Social Media:
https://twitter.com/talarousansh
https://www.linkedin.com/in/talarousan/

Zarlasht Halaimzai is the Director and co-founder of Refugee Trauma Initiative (RTI) – an organisation committed to resourcing refugees, aid workers and organisations with skills and tools to deal with stress, insecurity and trauma. Over the last 10 years, she has developed programmes that promote resilience in vulnerable populations in several countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Syria, the United Kingdom and Greece. Her work has been profiled by the Psychologist Magazine, NPR, Grazia, International Business Times, She Owns Success, Groundbreakers. She was the recipient of the 2017 Future Shapers Award from Marie Claire Magazine.

 

Website:  https://www.refugeetrauma.org

Social:

https://twitter.com/ZarlashtH

https://www.linkedin.com/in/zarlasht-halaimzai-21ab5713

Durkhanai Ayubi is a freelance food writer and restaurateur involved with the day-to-day responsibilities of two family-run eating places: Parwana and Kutchi Deli Parwana.
She is the daughter of Afghani refugees Zelmai and Farida Ayubi who, forced by conflict to flee Afghanistan when she was just two, first to a Refugee Camp before settling in Australia to raise their family and run their restaurants.
From her base in Adelaide she has found the freedom to think, explore and seek out answers to many of the questions around identity and belonging, as well as the opportunity to forge a connection, for herself and the broader community, back to her family’s roots through the sharing of Afghani food.
Durkhanai tells the family story from her perspective, channelling her mother and father’s memories and recipes in her book Parwana: Recipes and Stories from an Afghan Kitchen.
She has written for a number of international newspapers and websites and is an Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity in New York, funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies.

Website:
https://www.parwana.com.au
Social:
https://twitter.com/Durkhanai
https://www.linkedin.com/in/durkhanai-ayubi-1b034433/

Dominic Campbell is leading the Creative Brain Week initiative. As Bealtaine Festival Director he steered its celebration of  creativity and aging’s development over eight years. Formerly an Artistic Director of Ireland’s national celebration he transformed St Patrick’s Festival’s three shows into ninety growing production, managerial teams, financial support, engagement and impact.

Dominic went on to design and produce national celebrations marking the expansion of European Union in 2004 and Centenary celebrations for James Joyce. For “The Day Of Welcomes” delivering 12 simultaneous festivals pairing EU expansion countries with Irish towns and cities engaging 2,500 artists from 32 countries.

He mentored “celebration of ageing” festivals in Wales (Gwanwynn), Scotland (Luminate), and developed projects with partners in Australia and The Netherlands. In 2012 he established the first global conference on Creativity In Older Age opened by Irish President Michael D Higgins, replicating it in San Francisco (2018) and Kentucky (2019).

Recognized as a key cultural influencer in Ireland by The Irish Times and by First Avenue as a Key Influencer in Aging in the US, in 2016 he became an inaugural Atlantic Fellow for Equity and Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute a project between Trinity College Dublin and University of California San Francisco an ambitious worldwide program seeking social and public health solutions to reduce the scale and adverse impact of dementia. Currently developing an arts programme for the Irish Hospice Foundation as response to the pandemic and the Ageing Voices programme with Sing Ireland.

 

Website: www.creativeaginginternational.com

Social:

https://twitter.com/CreativeAgeIntl

https://twitter.com/CreativeBrainWk

https://twitter.com/IrelandChorus

Rachel Hoare is a Lecturer in French Sociolinguistics at Trinity College Dublin. I am also a child and adolescent psychotherapist and play therapist who works in a voluntary capacity as well as seeing clients privately.
She is currently engaged in conducting research into the lived experiences of migrant children, where the focus is on listening to child voices. She is using my therapeutic background to develop creative and innovative child-centred ways of conducting research into the identity and well-being of migrant children. She is currently writing up research which explored the importance of intra-ethnic friendships for the psychological well-being of migrant children using focus groups and a creative journaling activity. Future research and practice will be focused on providing therapeutic interventions to refugee children who have experienced trauma.
Additional research interests include the following: experiences of children living in military families, children’s experiences of transitions between the primary and secondary sector, children’s attitudes and perceptions of therapy, children’s attitudes towards refugees.

Website

https://www.tcd.ie/tricc/

Social Media

https://twitter.com/hoarerache

10.30–11.30

babyGROOVE by Anna Newell

A chilled out 70’s-inspired adventure for babies under 12 months, full of gorgeous harmony singing and immersive video created by Anna Newell Theatre Adventures, one of Ireland’s leading theatremakers for young audiences whose work for early years has been seen on six continents.

Monday to Wednesday – 2 shows at 10.30 and 11.30.  Each show lasts 20 minutes approximately.

For more information on the show and this artist’s work please click here

babyGROOVE is part of the 2022 programme from The Network For Extraordinary Audiences, is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and is a co-production with The Civic, Tallaght.

Due to the nature of this show it as not recorded.

 

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Contributors

One of Ireland’s leading theatre makers for young audiences, creating unique theatre adventures for babies, early years and children/young people with complex needs.

Anna created the world’s first BabyDay, introduced theatre for children and young people with PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties) into Ireland and helped start babytheatre in South Africa.

The work for early years audiences has been seen on six continents.

The shows are informed and inspired by their audiences at every stage of their creation and have human connection at their very heart.

Anna is based in Bray, Ireland.

Website:  www.annanewell.ie

Social Media:  https://twitter.com/annanewell

11.45–12.45

Creativity, Health, Place

Panellist discuss how to design and build neighbourhoods, cities and housing for health.

Declan Dunne of Respond Group, building homes, improving lives

Thomas Grey of TrinityHaus on older urbanism and multi-generational neighbourhoods

Emi Kiyota founder of Ibasho and National University of Singapore, on building for the future with older adults.  This video will give you a good sense of how their elders gather around Ibasho house projecthttps://vimeo.com/688235718 (Password: ibasho)

Host Bernadine Carrol, Engagement Officer of the Architecture Association of Ireland.

Please see below for video of the session.  Please note, as the session was recorded live the audio quality is uneven.

 

 

Places

Contributors

Declan joined Respond as Chief Executive Officer in August 2016. Declan is an experienced general manager who worked initially building a business over many years and sold to an American multi-national. Declan’s previous role was Chief Executive Officer with Sophia Housing Association. He served as a non-executive Director of the Ballymun Regeneration Board for ten years, the largest urban regeneration project in Europe, where he chaired the Audit Committee. He was instrumental in securing the funding commitment of 15million euro by Atlantic Philanthropies and the Department of Children for the Prevention and Early Intervention Programme over a five period.

Declan was Chair of the Housing Alliance from 2019 to 2021. The Housing Alliance is a collaboration of six of Ireland’s largest Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) and in this capacity he served as a member of the High Level Housing Delivery Group established by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, T.D. He previously chaired the Homeless Network of the major Homeless Agencies in Dublin.

He served as a ministerial appointee Board member for two three year terms at the National Education Welfare Board (NEWB), a Statutory Agency which was established to promote school attendance and also chaired its Audit Committee. Declan is actively interested in housing, education, and family services and served on many boards and committees on these issues. He is an invited speaker at the OECD and other international conferences.

Website: https://www.respond.ie

Social Media: https://twitter.com/RespondHousing

Following an Architectural degree in DIT, Tom completed a Masters in sustainable design at the University of Auckland. With 10 yrs in practice working in sustainable design, he is now a Research fellow in TrinityHaus.

Tom is currently involved in a variety of urban design and building design research projects, all with a user centred and sustainable design focus. The projects range from a Low Carbon Adaptable Home project to larger scale shared space design through a Universal Design approach or a sustainability indicator project for the Dublin region. In all cases the human as user is central to these projects with an emphasis on user centred, Universally Designed, occupant behaviour driven design solutions.

 

Website:

www.trinityhaus.tcd.ie

Social Media:

https://twitter.com/TomEGrey

https://twitter.com/trinity_haus

EMI Kiyota is the founder and director of Ibasho, an organisation that facilitates the co-creation with elders of socially integrated, sustainable communities that value their elders. Dr. Kiyota holds a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is an environmental gerontologist and a consultant with over 20 years experience in designing and implementing person-centred care in long-term care facilities and hospitals globally.

Her current focus is on creating socially integrated and resilient cities where elders are engaged and able to actively participate in their communities. She has published journal articles and book chapters and serves on the board of directors of the Global Ageing Network.

Dr. Kiyota has been awarded fellowships to investigate this topic, including the Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, the Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellowship, and the Atlantic Fellowship for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute at University of California, San Francisco and Trinity College Dublin.

Website:  https://ibasho.org

Social Media:  https://twitter.com/emikiyota

Bernadine Carroll is an Irish artist, curator, facilitator and cultural producer and is currently the Engagement Officer with the Irish Architecture Foundation, coordinating a national community-led placemaking programme, having previously delivered community-engaged programmes for Narrative 4, Meitheal Mara Community Boatyard, and Galway County Council.

She has spent the last ten years working in socially engaged practices, including some time spent working in international disaster responses, in the USA, Vanuatu and Nepal. She has a particular research interest in decoloniality, as a potential way forward in the fight against the destructive nature of capitalism and exploitation which is destroying our planet.

Bernadine has a BA in Fine Art and a MA Art in Public and is currently completing an MSc in Equality Studies. She has shown at home and abroad, in Canada, the Netherlands, Nepal, Germany and the UK.

 

Website:

http://www.bernardinecarroll.com

https://architecturefoundation.ie

Social Media:

https://twitter.com/IAFarchitecture

https://www.instagram.com/irisharchitecturefoundation/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/irish-architecture-foundation

12.30 - 1.30pm

"A Life in Paint" Patrick Reel Exhibition - In Conversation

Nicholas Johnson Associate Professor of Drama, member of the neuro-humanities group, and Ian Robertson clinical psychologist and neuroscientist “in-conversation” at the Patrick Reel exhibition in Dublin Castle.

The exhibition  will be across four rooms: Portraits (including a large one of De Valera, and one of Mary Lavin), Realism, Abstract/Semi-Abstract (pre 2015) and Abstract/Semi-Abstract (post 2015).  Reel, who lives a secluded life with no modern information technology, reverted to chiefly abstract work after a gap of around thirty-five years from his Solo Exhibition in the Project Arts Centre in 1973,  and arguably some of his best work has been   produced in the last five years or so.  There is a strong influence of Celtic/monastic images and the Boyne Valley evident in his  paintings, dating back to his  work as a designer in Navan Carpets in the 1960s.  There are countless examples of well-known artists around the world whose best work occurred or was only recognised in older age.

This assembly of painting across Patrick’s life offer an exceptional starting point to discuss the brain and creativity. Ian might touch on the neuroscience of perception, how the brain’s creativity is understood to evolve over time, a perfect foil for Nicholas, the Beckett expert, eloquent on time and times passing.

As this session took place in Dublin Castle it was not recorded.

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Contributors

The Office of Public Works (OPW) is a government office that delivers public services for flood protection, managing government properties and heritage services.

The OPW, as the leading agency for flood risk management in Ireland, minimises the impacts of flooding through sustainable planning. A core part of its remit is maintaining and presenting Ireland’s most iconic heritage properties, including Ireland’s two World Heritage Sites, 780 National Monuments and over 2,000 acres of gardens and parklands. It also manages a significant part of the State’s property portfolio and provides accommodation for government departments, over 700 Garda Properties and approximately 550 offices.

The OPW was established in 1831, predating the foundation of the State. Its headquarters are in Trim, Co Meath.

It is overseen by the Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief.

 

Website:  http://www.opw.ie/

Social:  https://twitter.com/opwireland

Ian is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin and was the founding Director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, as well as Dean of Research of Trinity College, from 2004–2007. Ian is Co-Director of GBHI.

Websites:

https://ianrobertson.org

https://www.gbhi.org

Social Media:

https://twitter.com/ihrobertson

Nicholas Johnson is Associate Professor of Drama at Trinity College Dublin, where he directs the Trinity Centre for Beckett Studies and convenes the interdisciplinary Creative Arts Practice research theme. His books include Beckett’s Voices / Voicing Beckett (Brill, 2021), Influencing Beckett / Beckett Influencing (L’Harmattan, 2020), Experimental Beckett (Cambridge UP, 2020) and Bertolt Brecht’s David Fragments (1919–1921): An Interdisciplinary Study (Bloomsbury, 2020). He co-edited the “Performance Issue” (23.1, 2014) and the “Pedagogy Issue” (29.1, 2020) of the Journal of Beckett Studies (Edinburgh UP). Directing credits include Virtual Play (2017–19) and world premieres of The David Fragments (2017), Enemy of the Stars(2015), and No’s Knife (Lincoln Center, 2015). He works as dramaturg with Pan Pan, OT Platform, and Dead Centre and facilitates theatre workshops internationally. He was elected a Fellow of Trinity College in 2021.

Website:

https://tcd.academia.edu/NicholasJohnson

https://www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/about/partners/beckett-centre.php

Social Media:

https://twitter.com/BeckettTheatre

https://www.facebook.com/SamuelBeckettTheatre/

1.00-5.00pm

Constellation Group

Creative Workshop with a number of Neurodiverse performance groups and arts collectives.

This is an invitation only event and was not open to the public or recorded.

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Contributors

With a background in professional theatre, Sarah Fitzgibbon has used Theatre and Drama techniques to create scripts and performances, to explore concepts of civil engagement, collaboration, and to create moments of escape and engagement in a wide variety of contexts since 1991. Since 2020, she has been lecturing in applied and engaged drama practice in TU Dublin Conservatoire and School of Social Science and Law.

Social:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-fitzgibbon-21333561/

Constellations Group – Cultural Competency 2019

In 2019, Tallaght Community Art’s Cultural Competency programme worked in collaboration with socially engaged theatre-maker and TU Dublin tutor, Sarah Fitzgibbon. We created a “Constellation of Practice”, a network for integrated theatre ensembles around Ireland to share their practices and to support one another’s development.
Cultural Competency creates networking, training and development opportunities for community-engaged arts in Ireland. The programme is directed by Jenny Macdonald and produced by Jennifer Webster.

2.00–3.30pm

Neuroscience Informs: An Art of Action

Hosted by Dominic Campbell (Creative Aging International), the panel discuss their own experiences and projects including

Amir Abualrob, “Theatre is my only home”  Theatre maker in Ireland

Kunle Adewale, the Arts In Medicine Project operating globally from Lagos

Meron Sisay Abey, Arts programme intervention in Ethiopian mental health unit in conversation with Dr Bethel Tibebu of the Amanuel Hospital, Addis Ababa

Damian Murphy, Award winning course designed by, led by, offered to people living with diagnosis of dementia

Petal Pilley & Hillary Kavanagh, Artistic Director & Producer from award winning Blue Teapot Theatre Company.

This session was followed by Blue Teapot’s documentary My Light will Blind You, a film following the creative process of one of the company’s artist’s mid-career shift from an actress to playwright. Due to rights considerations, this documentary is not included in the edit.

This video is currently being edited and will be available shortly.

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Contributors

Amir Abualrob is a Palestinian performer and theatre-maker. In 2013 joined The Freedom Theatre (TFT), Jenin refugee camp, Palestine, and completed four years of study in Theatre and Cultural Resistance.

After they completed their studies, they worked with TFT school as a facilitator. They have been a part of the LGBT movement in Palestine.

In July 2019 they took a course in Character & Scene Study at The Lir Academy, Trinity College Dublin. They performed in and co-devised The Bed at Cairde Sligo Arts Festival 2020.

In Oct 2020 they were the recipient of the Artist In the Community bursary award for Collaborative Arts and Cultural Diversity and they were a one-week residency recipient of the Time At The Well with the Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo and Cairde Sligo Arts Festival.

Website:

https://www.facebook.com/OneofManyProject2021/

Social media:

Kunle Adewale is an arts in health practitioner based in Lagos nigeria. He is a graduate of Fine and Applied Arts from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, South West Nigeria with specialization in painting and art history. Kunle later proceeded to acquire professional certificates in understanding dementia and arts from University College London (UCL), humanizing healthcare, University of Capetown, South Africa and Psychology and Mental Health, University of Liverpool. He is an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute at the University of California San Francisco and Trinity College Dublin.

Kunle is the founder of arts in medicine fellowship in Nigeria, an organization that trains and empower artists and non-artists to collaborate in transforming healthcare experience for patients, caregivers and healthcare providers. He currently leads the largest arts in health network on the continent of Africa.

Kunle is passionate about mental and brain health and his work focuses on therapeutic art projects, with a specific emphasis on improving health and health-related outcomes. Today, he has impacted over 20,000 beneficiaries through his art programmes in Nigeria, other African countries, Asia and the United States.

Kunle’s therapeutic art projects have featured on BBC Africa,Africa54, Voice of America Washington DC, Reuters, Al Jazeera among other international and local media. He’s a recipient of many international awards, Commonwealth Youth Worker UK, World Bank Social Inclusion hero, president Barack Obama Mandela Washington fellowship, Royal African Youth Leadership award and the Kunle Adewale day in the city of Cincinnati Ohio, United States.

Website:  https://kunleadewale.com

Social Media

https://www.instagram.com/artunbi/

https://www.facebook.com/folafunmi.adewale

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kunle-adewale-a92b8721/

 

Meron received her bachelor’s degree from the School of Performing and Visual Arts, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. After her graduation, she started running her own theatre production company and produced four productions. In 2018 Meron became Country Director for the Art in Medicine project and Representative for Arts in the Health Early Career Research Network. Meron is working to promote the role of arts in supporting mental health in her region.

Website:  https://www.gbhi.org/profiles/meron-abey

Social Media:  https://twitter.com/meronabey

Bethel Tibebu is a physician at Amanuel Mental Specialized Hospital, Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Working as psychiatry General Practitioner as well as head of Medical and ART OPD. Since graduated from Haromaya University, Bethel worked at Homecho Hospital as quality head of the Hospital alongside with her profession.
Bethel did her MSc on project management and worked as a volunteer on a project which is the first ever standardized substance abuse rehabilitation center in Ethiopia. She participated preparing teaching guideline on prevention of substance abuse on school children with Female and Children Minister Directorate.
Because of her work, she is seeing substantial number of people who are substance abusers and people straggle with mental illness and undeniable number of those who come for treatment at the hospital. Also, families struggle financially to get standard treatment or patients trying to get a job or improve their life after admission but relapse cause of lack of social and family support.
Thus, Bethel is passionate on working not only improving awareness on addiction and mental illness in the society but also improve the treatment and follow-up system.

Innovations in Dementia is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC). It is managed by four co-directors, Rachael Litherland, Steve Milton, Philly Hare and Damian Murphy, who combine many years’ experience of work in the dementia field.

People with dementia are at the heart and start of all our work. We promote a positive but realistic view of dementia, demonstrating that, although it is life changing, it does not have to be life ending. We support people with dementia to live with hope and keep control of their lives.

We want to influence how others engage with people with dementia, and we provide training and consultancy.  We run many innovative projects, often in partnership with universities, public bodies or charitable funders.

Damian is particularly interested in the promotion of relationship-centred approaches and is creator of the Getting Along approach and training programme.

He has also facilitated the creation of A Good Life With Dementia – a course FOR people with a recent diagnosis of dementia, designed and delivered BY people living with dementia as course tutors.

With a background in learning disability nursing, and formation living in community in Latin America, Damian has spent 20 years working with people with dementia in acute, community and long term care settings. After a long association with Innovations, he became a co-director in September 2016.

Websites:

http://www.innovationsindementia.org.uk

https://dementiavoices-id.org.uk/

Social Media:  https://twitter.com/Innov_Dementia

 

Petal Pilley Artistic Director & Hillary Kavanagh Producer.  Blue Teapot is a multi-award winning Theatre Company, Performing Arts School & Outreach programme for people with intellectual disabilities at the forefront of arts & disability in Ireland. They are committed to high quality theatre, training & the celebration of creativity.

 

Website:  http://blueteapot.ie

Social Media:

https://twitter.com/blueteapottc

https://www.facebook.com/blueteapottheatrecompany/

https://www.instagram.com/blueteapottheatre/

 

3.45-4.45pm

The Creative Brain on Grief and Hope

As we emerge from the pandemic, Mary-Frances O’Connor author of The Grieving Brain,  Rebecca Strain and Martha McCulloch of Artlink Donegal and Dominic Campbell of Irish Hospice Foundation’s Compassionate Culture Network on the Art and Neuroscience of Grief and Hope

Chaired by Emma Stokes.

Please see below for video of the session.  As the session was recorded live the audio quality is uneven – it echoes at the beginning in particular, but clears up within the first few minutes.

 

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Contributors

Mary-Frances O’Connor is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Arizona, and directs the Grief, Loss and Social Stress (GLASS) Laboratory. Her research focuses on the neurobiological and physiological correlates of grief and loss following bereavement, including yearning and rumination. She believes that a clinical science approach toward the experience and mechanisms of grieving can improve interventions for prolonged grief disorder, newly included in the revised DSM-5. She is the author of The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss(HarperOne).

Website:

https://www.maryfrancesoconnor.com

Social Media:

https://twitter.com/doctormfo

https://www.linkedin.com/in/maryfrancesoconnor/

https://www.facebook.com/maryfranceso

Rebecca Strain is a visual artist, writer, curator and arts project manager currently based in Inishowen, County Donegal, Ireland.
She refers to her works as Performative Occupations; the situation and space and the action within; occupying space and time performing a task. It applies to all aspects of her practice which is concerned with how art making can be a conduit for change.
Rebecca works with the transformative process of papermaking as a methodology for her live performance
In 2017 she began to occupy ‘The Potting Shed’ an artwork by Christine Mackey at Fort Dunree. She established Amach Anseo (From Now On) which continues to operate as an activist space through horticulture and counterculture promoting hopefulness through action.

Website:

http://www.rebeccastrain.com

https://vimeo.com/rebeccamarystrain

Social Media:

https://www.youtube.com/user/paperchipmonk

https://www.instagram.com/rebecca.properly/

https://www.instagram.com/amachanseo/

Martha McCulloch studied fine art printmaking and fine art photography at Glasgow School of Art. She went on to become a Lecturer at what was then Sheffield Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University), returning to Scotland to take up the post as the first Director of Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow, the first dedicated photography venue in the West of Scotland. She later went back to The Glasgow School of Art as a Lecturer in Fine Art Photography, moving to Donegal in 2000 to establish Memory Factory Photography along with Harry Kerr. She is currently one of the co-ordinators of Artlink, an artist-led organisation based at the historic and inspiring location of Fort Dunree, Inishowen. Artlink looks for imaginative ways to link artists to the community and the community to art.

Website:

https://memoryfactorymedia.com

Social Media:

https://twitter.com/WeeArticle

https://www.linkedin.com/in/martha-mcculloch-69469621/

https://www.instagram.com/gleannaibhinn/

Irish Hospice Foundation, with the support of Creative Ireland, has developed a Compassionate Culture Network across Ireland. Seven artist-facilitators and support workers are working in seven venues around the country inviting local communities to explore loss as un-lockdown happens.  The aim is to explore how creativity helps establish places where people can talk openly about loss.

All seven work as connected peers, learning from each other, with IHF bringing awareness, training and support. Each links to local supporters like bereavement networks, HSE, families and friends. The programme began with online training and information exchange in September 2021. Group work began in October, and runs until early 2022. Projects build from local circumstances and opportunity.

Website:  https://hospicefoundation.ie/our-supports-services/ihf-in-the-community/arts-and-creativity/compassionate-culture-network/

Social:  https://twitter.com/irishhospice

Dominic Campbell is leading the Creative Brain Week initiative. As Bealtaine Festival Director he steered its celebration of  creativity and aging’s development over eight years. Formerly an Artistic Director of Ireland’s national celebration he transformed St Patrick’s Festival’s three shows into ninety growing production, managerial teams, financial support, engagement and impact.

Dominic went on to design and produce national celebrations marking the expansion of European Union in 2004 and Centenary celebrations for James Joyce. For “The Day Of Welcomes” delivering 12 simultaneous festivals pairing EU expansion countries with Irish towns and cities engaging 2,500 artists from 32 countries.

He mentored “celebration of ageing” festivals in Wales (Gwanwynn), Scotland (Luminate), and developed projects with partners in Australia and The Netherlands. In 2012 he established the first global conference on Creativity In Older Age opened by Irish President Michael D Higgins, replicating it in San Francisco (2018) and Kentucky (2019).

Recognized as a key cultural influencer in Ireland by The Irish Times and by First Avenue as a Key Influencer in Aging in the US, in 2016 he became an inaugural Atlantic Fellow for Equity and Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute a project between Trinity College Dublin and University of California San Francisco an ambitious worldwide program seeking social and public health solutions to reduce the scale and adverse impact of dementia. Currently developing an arts programme for the Irish Hospice Foundation as response to the pandemic and the Ageing Voices programme with Sing Ireland.

 

Website: www.creativeaginginternational.com

Social:

https://twitter.com/CreativeAgeIntl

https://twitter.com/CreativeBrainWk

https://twitter.com/IrelandChorus

Emma Stokes is Vice President for Global Engagement at Trinity College Dublin. She joined the faculty in the mid-1990s where she completed her PhD and was elected as a Fellow in 2012. While on leave between 2018 and 2021, she established the Department of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Science at Qatar University. In 2015, she was elected to serve as President of World Physiotherapy, she was re-elected for a further 4 years in 2019 and in 2018 she co-founded the Global Rehabilitation Alliance established to advocate for a UN resolution on rehabilitation.

Website:  www.tcd.ie

Social Media:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-emma-stokes-695909a/

https://twitter.com/ekstokes

4.45-5.00pm

Closing Session

Brian Lawlor and Ian Robertson of the Global Brain Health Institute closed out the seminar with some reflections and provocations.

No video is available for this session.

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Contributors

Professor Brian Lawlor (MD, FRCPI, FRCPsych, FTCD (Hon), DABPN) is Conolly Norman Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, and Deputy Executive Director of the Global Brain Health Institute. He is a geriatric psychiatrist with an interest in dementia, late-life depression, loneliness and brain health. Brian has worked for over 30 years on developing services and delivering care to people with dementia. His research interests range from early detection and prevention to evaluating new treatments for dementia.

 

Website:

www.gbhi.org

https://www.understandtogether.ie

https://people.tcd.ie/Profile?Username=lawlorba

Social Media:

https://twitter.com/ProfLawlor

Ian is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin and was the founding Director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, as well as Dean of Research of Trinity College, from 2004–2007. Ian is Co-Director of GBHI.

Websites:

https://ianrobertson.org

https://www.gbhi.org

Social Media:

https://twitter.com/ihrobertson

6.00pm

“Brain FM - tune in to movement” - Dance Workshops for Neurodiverse groups

BrainFM is an educational tool that uses dance to learn about the brain. It utilises a novel approach alternating multisensory didactic learning with embodied co-creative experience to support understanding of neuroscience. As a result, BrainFM serves as a vehicle to stimulate community engagement while simultaneously reinforcing the concept into action.

As part of Brain Awareness Week, we offered four BrainFM events (two on-line and two in-person) to spread awareness about the modifiable risk factors for dementia, specifically physical activity, social connection, and hearing, in a diverse intergenerational population in Ireland and around the world. The main theme was conveyed through an exploration of how these three modifiable risk factors can impact activity and connectivity in the brain culminating as a creative story through dance. In so doing, we simultaneously reinforced the science while building community engagement in a fun and interactive way. The programme was therefore not only key to empowering individuals to be active and informed agents in their own brain health but is also an advocate for the alliance between arts and science as a powerful tool for expanding brain health literacy.

Sessions were as follows:

Sat 12th March – 4.00-5.00 pm (In-person) at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin – for professionals in culture sector, health care and researchers

Sun 13th March – 3.00-4.00pm (Online) 13 March event: 3.00-4.00pm (Online) for people living with dementia and carers – by invitation only. If you are a care partner or if you serve communities of people living with dementia and would like your community to be invited to the event, please email us on BrainFM.TuneIn (at) gmail.com

Mon 14th March – 10.00-11.00am 14 March event: 10.00-11.00am (Online) for primary schools by invitation only – teachers were requested to register for this event as 1 ticket per class or class group.  If you are a primary school teacher and would like your class to be invited for this BrainFM event, please email us on BrainFM.TuneIn (at) gmail.com

Wed 16th March – 6.00- 7.00pm (In-person) at Unit 18 – open to the community

Due to the nature of the events we did not record these sessions.

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Contributors

Dr. Anusha Mohan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and School of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. She is also a trained classical Bharathanatyam and Bollywood dancer. In addition to studying phantom auditory perception using experimental psychology, neuromodulation and neuroimaging, Anusha is immensely passionate about the performing arts which enables her to resonate and collaborate with both artists and scientists. Her diverse and multicultural experience through her national and international travels as both a performing artiste and researcher shapes her persona and inspires her ongoing work of marrying the two seemingly different worlds. She is one of the lead organisers of the International Tinnitus Research Initiative Foundation’s dissertation and communication wing, which strives to take tinnitus research and clinical practices to the public. She is also the co-developer of BrainFM – an education and awareness tool aimed at making complex concepts about the brain accessible through dance while also building community. These tie together with her vision to leverage the arts as a medium to both comprehend and communicate the working of the brain.

Twitter: @AnushaMohan19

Instagram: nushmo90

Google scholar: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=GxPjtv4AAAAJ&hl=en

Facebook: Anusha.mohan.39

Magda Kaczmarska is a dancer, researcher and creative aging teaching artist based in New York City. Magda received her MFA in Dance Performance & Choreography and her BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics from the University of Arizona. Magda has dedicated her career to utilizing the vehicle of dance and movement to amplify and support creative community. Her multidisciplinary work leverages a dual background in neuropharmacology and dance to build bridges and empower individuals and communities to be active agents in their creativity and brain health. Through all her work, she seeks to foster safe, creative and inclusive spaces for discovery, agency and meaning. She believes all of us possess the ability to harness our creative expression to support building meaningful and healthy communities around us.

Magda leads and develops programs which foster creative community for intergenerational groups of all abilities. Her program, Every Body Moves, supports brain health for older adults through physical activity, social connection and creative expression. She developed Stories in the Moment, which combines dance, creative movement and storytelling, to amplify the creative voices of people living with dementia across the globe. Along with Dr. Anusha Mohan, from Trinity College Dublin, she leads brainFM, a co-creative educational tool that unites dance and storytelling to learn about the brain.

Devoted to building evidence base, while expanding public and professional education in best practices in creative aging practice globally, Magda balances her work in intergenerational community-based teaching with engagement in advocacy in several sectors. She mentors future leaders in the creative and health sector through a regular partnership at the Fordham Ailey School of Dance in New York City and the Arts in Medicine Fellowship in Lagos, Nigeria.

She serves as a representative to the UN with Generations United and is on the executive committee of the UN NGO Committee on Ageing. She serves on the Dance and Disability Taskforce at the National Dance Education Organization, to support access, equity and inclusion in the dance education community, for which she received the Executive Director Award in 2021. As an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute, Magda builds collaborations around the globe to design and expand access to creative aging programs that support brain health across the lifespan.

Website:  www.magdakaczmarska.com

Social Media:  https://twitter.com/MagdaKaczmarsk4