THE SOUL BOX PROJECT is a national community art project calling for the making of one hand-folded
paper box to represent every person killed or injured by gunfire in the U.S. since 2014. Hundreds of
thousands of these Boxes will be displayed together in massive art installations to reveal the
staggering number of gunfire victims.
There are many ways to participate in The Soul Box Project:
OUR MISSION: The Soul Box Project raises awareness of the U.S. gunfire epidemic by counting and honoring victims, offering healing participation to those seeking solace, and providing dramatic visual support for all initiatives working for a safer, more civil society.
OUR VISION: The Soul Box Project envisions a society where all people living in the U.S. are empowered to choose actions regarding responsible gun use that reflect their values, priorities and beliefs so that we can live in safe communities, talk to resolve conflicts, have schools focus on learning, gather to worship in peace, and thrive in economies that foster trust and unity.
Filmmaker Nicholas Brown says when he saw his first Soul Box panel “…I immediately zeroed in on a familiar face; my high school friend Maxine, who was killed during the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007. Of all of the tens of thousands of boxes that have been created for this project, that was the first one that I saw in person. And I think that was when I realized the impact that this project could have on people, and I knew that it was a story that I wanted to tell.” QuickHitRecord Media.
Feb. 15, 2019 - A solemn, respectful procession: 100 volunteers deliver 36,000 Soul Boxes - one Soul Box for every person killed by gunfire in 2018 - to the Oregon State Capitol Building.
Read founder Leslie Lee's personal account of the day here.
Photography credits: NvHolden Photography and Paul Fardig