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Bring the Power of a Soul Box Project Art Exhibit to Your Community

Artist Leslie Lee of Portland, Oregon, initiated The Soul Box Project in 2017 in response to the staggering loss of life to gunfire. She couldn’t comprehend the statistics and was certain other people couldn’t either. Her idea:

What if thousands of hand-made origami boxes—each representing a victim—were exhibited together in beautiful, thought-provoking displays, prompting action to reduce gunfire deaths and injuries?

Two men with ladder install display panels in stairwayA Soul Box Project Exhibit is an immersive, emotionally impactful installation to help visitors visualize the scale of the U.S. gunfire epidemic. The Project is a national community art movement that raises awareness 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.

Why schedule this traveling art exhibit?

The Soul Box Project is…

  • An opportunity to build partnerships in your community.
  • A powerful visualization of a critical contemporary issue.
  • Art that delivers awareness, empathy, healing, action.
  • An anchor for programming important conversations.
  • A stunning visual that combines a broad spectrum of voices.
  • Proven to attract media.
  • Flexible and easy to schedule and install.

Installations can consist of hundreds or 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. Exhibitions are scalable from under 20 linear feet to over 700. We can provide materials for a professional installation or a Do-It-Yourself pop-up exhibit. Email to discuss an exhibition that will fit your venue and illustrate the scale of the gunfire epidemic in your community, city, state or the entire U.S.

For exhibit programming and event ideas, visit the Host an Event page.

Traveling Exhibition:
Panel Loan Program

Soul Boxes on panels hung as walls and a column
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Our 4’h x 2’w panels of 98 Boxes join seamlessly horizontally and vertically to line walls, hang back-to-back, or suspend in columns. Additional loose Boxes (from our collection or made by participants at your location) can form canopies, spills, piles, or strands. Included: signage (printable PDFs) and sample press materials. Guidance is available on installation, setting up a hands-on Box-making station, and hosting supporting events.

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Pop-Up Exhibits:

Soul Boxes piled and strung in display.

We can provide the materials you need to create a pop-up exhibit. All you need is some display space, paper, and local volunteers to fold Soul Boxes. We supply downloadable logos and signage (PDFs) so your exhibit is clearly identified as part of the nationwide Soul Box Project movement. We also provide instructions on everything from folding Soul Boxes and hosting Box-making events to making your own wearable backpacks for marches.

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See more examples in our Past Highlights Gallery

A beautiful exhibit, breathtaking in its concern and scope.
Lily, Trauma Surgeon, Sacramento, CA