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ART REVEALING THE GUNFIRE EPIDEMIC

The Soul Box Project raises awareness of the U.S. gunfire epidemic by exhibiting thousands of hand-folded origami Soul Boxes representing victims. We are an arts-based nonprofit influencing the decisions of individuals and policymakers with a visually stunning call-to-action unlike any other gun violence prevention organization.

This year

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2023 Deaths & Injuries to January 27*

men, women and children
have been

SHOT
in the U.S.


Half were killed.
54% of the deaths were suicides.

Gun violence, defense and accidents killed the rest.


Half were injured.
Many were disabled for life.

Countless others struggle with psychological trauma.


This is the
LOSS WE CARRY.

2022 Deaths & Injuries Total = 82,791

ARTivism is an
Effective Response to Gun Violence

The Soul Box Project is a way for us to respond to our country’s epidemic of gunfire deaths and injuries.

I can tell you over 80,000 people are killed or injured by bullets every year.* But with Soul Box exhibits you can see that number in a visceral way. Reaching that emotional place is what prompts action to save lives.

~Leslie Lee, Artist and Founder of The Soul Box Project

Experience Our Online Exhibit: This Loss We Carry
Over 30,000 Soul Boxes in this online exhibit represent people in the U.S. killed by gun violence, defense, accidents or suicide. All of these Soul Boxes were on display on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

WHAT’S HAPPENING

Adoptive Branches

Map showing Soul Box Project Branch locations

Take Action Together

Include The Soul Box Project in your June 2023 plans for Wear Orange and Gun Violence Awareness Month. Learn more.

Let’s Connect our Activism in 2023

Woman points in large expanse of Soul Boxes, Grand Rapids, MI

Adopt Panels of Soul Boxes and other materials

Any individual, group or organization can adopt Branches of the Project – free of charge – to use in any way that helps prevent gunfire deaths and injuries. Also plan to be part of our This Loss We Carry–NATIONWIDE event in June 2023. Get started now: We will ship ASAP, while supplies last.

Woman folds a Soul Box to add to a stack

Host an Exhibit or Event
Adopt panels to keep for ongoing use at no cost,

OR rent & return through our Panel Loan program.

Exhibits can consist of just a few hundred or many thousands of Soul Boxes. Whether in a museum, library, theater, gallery, art center, church, business or community center, no budget or venue is too large or too small to provide an impact.

Events may include the calming, restorative activity of folding origami Soul Boxes. Then, display them for a day or a weekend to raise awareness by combining art with activism. Collaborate with other local organizations.

The Soul Box Project

reveals the U.S. gunfire epidemic by counting and honoring victims.

Our exhibits visually showcase the true extent of the U.S. gunfire epidemic. Each Soul Box holds a physical space for a life lost or injured by gun violence, defense, accident or suicide. People across the country have made and sent us thousands of hand-folded origami boxes:

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Soul Boxes Made by People like YOU!

Each one counts. Each one is seen.

Each loss is felt.

The entire work of art—representing the number of U.S. gunfire deaths and injuries in three years—was displayed in Washington, D.C., on October 16-17, 2021.

With your continued support, we can send the Soul Box panels out to communities nationwide to keep spreading the awareness of Gun Fire Epidemic across the U.S. Contact us to bring a selection to your town.

This Loss We Carry on the National Mall, DC – October 2021
200,000 Soul Boxes were exhibited as This Loss We Carry on the National Mall in Washington D.C. with 800 linear feet of 36,000 Soul Boxes on panels under a canopy, and bags of 164,000 Soul Boxes lining the walkways spanning the Mall.

The Soul Box Project

offers healing participation to those seeking solace.

Participants at Various events with Soul Boxes

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. 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 | Watch the interview.


As a parent [these Soul Boxes] make me think: each person who made a Box has felt the pain of a lost soul. Every knock on the door, every phone call, you pray it’s not news like this.

~Anonymous


It was a joy watching Angela making her Boxes! After a few tears and sobs, she really felt good about what she was doing. Your project has accomplished not only awareness, but a comfort to those who have lost so many loved ones.

~Susie P.

The Soul Box Project

provides dramatic visual support for all initiatives working for a safer, more civil society.

Groups and organizations across the country have collaborated with our Project by using Soul Boxes to support their activism.  Folding a Soul Box is a calming, restorative activity for groups or individuals. Add your locally-made Boxes to an exhibit to effectively raise public awareness.

Soul Boxes remember individuals lost or injured by any circumstance of shooting: violence, defense, accident or suicide. Our exhibits represent and honor people of every race, cultural background, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation.

We assist any group looking for ways to dramatize their messages about reducing gun violence. Get inspiration from the creative events and exhibits others have hosted. Then Contact us to plan action in your community.

Our Founding Supporters Have Our Deepest Appreciation

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