We Are All Connected

We Are All Connected Card Front Increased ContrastHumanitarian Exhibition To Be Unveiled At MAC

Monongalia Arts Center is unveiling a new humanitarian exhibition in the Benedum Gallery on Friday, February 10. A group of local Morgantown students are bringing awareness to the global issue of landmines and cluster munitions using their artwork. COORDINATED by Nora Sheets, the art teacher at St. Francis Central Catholic School, this student organization is showcasing a global humanitarian issue for our local community. Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) is proud to announce our February 2017 Benedum Gallery exhibition, We Are All Connected by PSALM (Proud Students Against Landmines and Cluster Bombs). This exhibition examines the concept  that “we are not alone on the journey through life — we are all connected at some level — that the actions of one person can affect another person, which, in turn, affects another and yet another.  The exhibit hopes to demonstrate that often ONE person CAN make a difference and that in doing good for others, whether for one human being or many, you do yourself a world of good and transform your own life and gain what one student calls “the contentment of giving ".

We Are All Connected will be on display in MAC’s Benedum Gallery from February 10 – March 4, 2017 and will feature artwork by the members of PSALM. Also on display will be photos and other items to educate the public about PSALM’s work. Since the inception of PSALM, students have used their many gifts and talents to raise awareness about world issues that concern them. PSALM students made shadowboxes with artworks to connect to one another symbolically, representing our connectedness in life. The colorful artwork was made pleasing to the eye, enticing viewers, yet the subject matter confronts difficult issues, namely the remnants of war and conflicts that affect the most vulnerable of the world today.
PSALM asks all gallery visitors to choose a strip of paper from the basket and weave it into our painting. The result being a “work in progress” that the visitors attending the exhibit can participate in, and it won’t be completed until the show has ended. The paper “weaving” will also serve as a reminder of “woven web of life” and of the need to work together to resolve these pressing issues of our world today.
Nora Sheetz says of her students “I can only imagine what they will accomplish in the future and indeed have seen the amazing impact their work has had! All of this can directly be attributed to 3 students who took an art assignment in 1999 and made it into something so much bigger! Sometimes the teacher teaches the students and sometimes the students teach the teacher!”

The public opening reception for this exhibition will be held at MAC on Friday, February 10 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. All community members, students and faculty are invited to attend. During the opening reception, PSALM students will act as gallery guides.
PSALM is an internationally recognized grass-roots organization that began as a social justice art project in 1999. Today, its supporters include community leaders, activists, and politicians.  PSALM students are encouraged to dream of a more just and peaceful world and to make that world a reality by using their skills and talents to not only learn about these important issues but also facilitate change for a better world. PSALM students are working members of the West Virginia, United States, International Campaign to Ban Landmines and the Cluster Munition Coalition (WVCBL).
The Mission of PSALM/WVCBL is three-fold:
1.) To raise public awareness about landmines and cluster munitions
2.) To offer humanitarian assistance to landmine/cluster bomb survivors through service projects and raise awareness about survivor issues
3.) To encourage ALL countries, especially the United States, to sign treaties banning the production, use, and stockpiling of these weapons
Learn more about PSALM at
Correction: PSALM will not be showcasing a table of hand-painted plates as they did last year.

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