Join PSALM ( Proud Students Against Land Mines) as they present their art installation, “THE ROAD TO OTTAWA: THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MINE BAN TREATY” at the Monongalia Arts Center, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, February 2nd-February 29th, 2018.
Opening Reception will be held February 2nd, 5:30-7:30 pm. PSALM artworks are inspired by the countries that “made it happen” and the continuing work to ”finish the job” of a landmine-free world. Students will act as hosts and guides for the visitors at the opening reception on February 2nd, 2018.
In December 1997, 122 nations met in Ottawa, Canada to sign the Mine Ban Treaty. PSALM students have dedicated paintings to the countries that “made it happen”. The Mine Ban Treaty, also known as the Ottawa Treaty, is a legally binding international agreement that bans the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of antipersonnel mines and places obligations on countries to clear affected areas, assist victims and destroy stockpiles.The adoption of the treaty was a milestone start to an end of suffering caused by landmines. To date, the Mine Ban Treaty has been at the heart of many achievements.More than 80 per cent of the world’s countries outlawed landmines by joining the treaty. Landmine trade is virtually eliminated. Twenty-seven (27) countries finished clearing and destroying landmines. More than fifty-one (51) million stockpiled landmines have been destroyed. New landmine casualties have been dramatically reduced and the rights of landmine victims have been increasingly recognized