The Soul Box Project collects and exhibits thousands of hand-folded origami boxes to raise awareness of the U.S. gunfire epidemic. Each Soul Box holds space for one life lost or injured by gun violence, defense, accident or suicide.
An open-air event at the Multnomah Arts Center, June 26-27, will display over 70,000
Soul Boxes representing one year of gunfire deaths and injuries in the U.S.
You can join the opening and closing processions.
IF YOU COULD SAVE A LIFE BY FOLDING TWO PIECES OF PAPER, WOULD YOU?
MAKE A BOX to hold space for a life lost or torn apart by gun violence.
SEND IT IN to join thousands of Soul Boxes in public exhibits where the number of victims is seen and felt.
IT COUNTS when individuals take meaningful, lifesaving actions. You can make a difference.
"I had no inclination to make a box at all. I really was reluctant. Finally, I went through the process of just folding the paper. I couldn’t be in the emotional part and fold the box at the same time. It turned off that part of my brain to the grief that was so painful that I couldn’t find any other way.
There it was right in front of me, two pieces of paper - folding them. It’s beautiful."
~Andrew M., who lost his son to suicide
Across the U.S. - from Alaska to Florida and Maine to Hawaii - people who care have made and contributed Soul Boxes for this project. Do you know someone who can help us include all 50 states?
Is it the injury of a child playing with a gun? The suicide death of a family member? Or another Black American targeted? Our reasons may vary, yet we all know too many people are dying or being injured -- in body and spirit -- by gun violence.
The Soul Box Project is a way for us to respond to the tragedies, to create a visual wake-up call revealing the U.S. gunfire epidemic to voters, lawmakers, community leaders, police forces and concerned people like you and me.
How we support efforts for a safer, more civil society is different for each of us, still people of all ages and perspectives can make Soul Boxes and be ARTivists. We can speak out for justice and offer love and hope with messages and images that honor victims of gunfire. It's something WE CAN DO to help heal ourselves in these trying times and to contribute to an inspiring national movement working to save lives. Make a Box. Send it in. It counts.
~ Leslie Lee, founder
With a spike in sales of guns and ammunition the curve of the gunfire epidemic will go up even as the coronavirus curve goes down.
Help us count and honor victims, offer healing to those seeking solace, and provide dramatic visual support for all initiatives working for a safer, more civil society.