SASAH offers its students the broadest context for academic, cultural, and professional development through its participating in a growing network of Community Partners on and off campus. These relationships reflect our mission to make higher education in the Arts and Humanities an enriched cross-cultural experience. They offer valuable mentorship and learning opportunities through collaborations in programming, events, and internships (see Research and Opportunities), among other campus-to-community efforts.
As SASAH continues to grow we welcome the opportunity to work with future partners both close to home and farther afield. For further information, contact the SASAH Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western's Student Success Centre is the go-to resource for SASAH students for community engaged learning, leadership education programming, internship opportunities, career counselling, and global opportunities.
SASAH is housed in Weldon Library Rm 109 through the generous collegiality of Western Libraries. Our libraries, in form and function are a dynamic, continuously evolving platform for learning, discovery, research, and community engagement. Western Libraries’ spaces are a dynamic, intellectual and cultural milieu for the campus. In SASAH we welcome the opportunity for our students to participate in and benefit from this dynamic ever-evolving library learning environment. The Atrium in Weldon Library is also the major venue for an annual Western Performs! Concert series, co-organized by SASAH, the Don Wright Faculty of Music, and western Libraries. For this year’s program, See Concerts
SASAH encourages its students to participate international learning experiences of all kinds, including study abroad and language acquisition, as well as internships. Apart from individual courses that offer students enriched international study -- French 39140 (Rwanda: Culture, Society, Reconstruction), English 4630G (Reading the City: Representations of New York City in American Literature), CS3010F/G (Study Tour to Greece), The Vindolanda Field School, among others – Western International is the main portal through which students can discover and plan these opportunities. Western International also orchestrates Western’s role as one of the key partners in the Undergraduate Awards (http://www.undergraduateawards.com), the capstone event for which is the UA Global Summit held in Dublin.
The McIntosh Gallery sponsors SASAH interns and volunteers, and is a key collaborator in SASAH programming as well as generous host for SASAH public events and lectures. A university-based, public art gallery since 1942, the McIntosh collaborates with artists, curators and academics to develop innovative strategies to interpret and disseminate visual culture. Exhibitions, educational programs and special events provide a platform for engagement with visual art and artists.
Along with Western Libraries and SASAH, the Don Wright Faculty of Music is one of three co-organizers of the annual Western Performs! concert series. Our aim is to highlight the incredible talent of Western’s Music students in collaboration with the organizational and cultural talent of SASAH’s students to make beautiful music both on campus and across the broader London community. [See Concerts]
Western’s Senior Alumni Program, whose Tuesday morning lecture audience are also loyal and enthusiastic attendees at Western Performs! in the Weldon Atrium.
Founded and run by Western graduate students, The Public Humanities at Western, housed within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, promotes innovative forms of public scholarship, experiential learning, and community collaboration. By welcoming the volunteer assistance of SASAH undergraduates it provides invaluable opportunities for cross-generational mentorship both within and beyond the academy, and thus offers invaluable experience cultivating and coordinating campus/community dialogue. Among these opportunities, SASAH students will again participate in the annual Words: The Literary and Creative Arts Festival in London. Look for updated information about WordsFest 2016. For last year’s event, see http://www.wordsfest.ca
Along with Public Humanities at Western SASAH partners with Museum London to host the annual Public Matters lectures series [see Research and Opportunities], held in the Museum’s main lecture theatre. Past speakers include Jeff Melanson, Cameron Bailey, and Jillian Keiley. Our 2017 speaker will be Zita Cobb, businesswoman, social entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of the Shorefast Foundation in Fogo Island. [See Research/Public Matters]
Pillar Nonprofit Network strengthens the impact of the nonprofit sector. They connect the three pillars - nonprofit, business and government - to create community impact. They spark innovation in order to provide professional development, consulting, promotion of volunteerism, as well as encourage social enterprise and social finance.
Innovation Works is the only place in London, Ontario specifically designed to encourage collaboration and innovation. New innovations and cross-sector collaboration among nonprofits, social enterprises, social purpose businesses and entrepreneurs are key to turning economic, environmental, social and cultural challenges into opportunities. SASAH rents a permanent desk in Innovation Works’ new (and newly renovated) space in downtown London, offering SASAH students invaluable opportunities for putting their own creative social visions into practice for the benefit of the broader public.
El Sistema program, a global movement designed to offer free universal access through an intensive collaborative music program.
The ARTS Project is a non-profit art gallery, theatre and studio space for artists. Its mission is to bring arts and culture to the downtown core and to the wider City of London by providing the space and the means for artists to do their work and by providing a venue for the public to see their work. The ARTS Project is a generous community partner/host for the annual SASAH Culture Crawl, and this year also the venue for the final community concert for Western Performs!
DNA Artspace is a commercial gallery and exhibition space in downtown London and a community partner/host for the annual SASAH Culture Crawl.
SATELLiTE Project Space, located beside the DNA Artspace, is a dynamic partnership between four London, Ontario, arts institutions: bealarts, Fanshawe College, Museum London, and Western University, specifically SASAH and the Department of Visual Arts. SATELLiTE provides a flexible space for new and temporary projects, collaborations, and experiments in arts and culture. The four groups collaborate in the planning of yearly programming and student involvement, and in the production of exhibitions. SATELLiTE thus provides learning opportunities and mentorship for arts students in London: in education, curatorial work, exhibition and event programming, and arts administration, and invites the larger community to experience and participate in these programs.
The following Community Partners generously offer annual summer internships to upper-level SASAH students for course credit. These internships offer superb learning and training opportunities for our students to implement their intellectual, social, and creative talents in the public sphere, and often provide openings for future career development.