Past Highlights

See The Soul Box Project in Many Communities

Since 2018, communities from Portland, OR to Cape Cod, MA have been using Soul Boxes to provide a dramatic visual of the gunfire epidemic. Are you ready to say Enough? Raise awareness. Prompt action in your city.

Many exhibits and events include Soul Boxes made on site. To help communities present additional visual impact, the Portland-made panels and collected Boxes are available to travel wherever they are needed.

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May 1
St. Luke Lutheran Church
Portland, OR
This congregation contributed about 1,000 Soul Boxes toward our D.C. exhibition of 200,000 Soul Boxes in 2021. These thirty panels were on view for the week following the ELCA’s “Rachel’s Day.”

April 20
#Enough Plays to End Gun Violence
Third Rail Repertory Theatre
Portland, OR
Connect 2 Be the Change
with South Bend Civic Theatre 
South Bend, IN
Orlando Repertory Theatre with University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL
Youth-written plays are presented in a ground-breaking series of over 60 readings staged simultaneously in 31 states nationwide on the 23-year remembrance of the shootings at Columbine. The South Bend and Portland readings are enhanced by Soul Box displays. In Portland, panels serving as the stage backdrop present 588 Soul Boxes representing the number of gunfire deaths and injuries in the U.S. in just 3 days. South Bend residents made 130 Soul Boxes to show the number of gunfire deaths in their city since January 2017. Florida students made Soul Boxes to display at the Orlando performance. Watch streaming performances of Third Rail‘s and Roundabout Theatre Youth Ensemble’s (NYC) readings.

January 24 – March 11
Daura Museum of Art, University of Lynchburg
Lynchburg, VA
Twelve Soul Box panels curve along a 24-foot stretch of wall by the University’s theatre. Among the 1,176 Soul Boxes–representing six months of Virginia deaths and injuries–are remembrances for victims of the 2019 Virginia Beach shooting.

January 13 – 30
Gloria
Profile Theatre
Portland, OR
In this 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Act One closes with a shocking climax. Soul Box panels are revealed on the walls of the lobby corridor just before audiences emerge for intermission. The 1,764 Soul Boxes represent about one week of gunfire deaths and injuries in the U.S. Additionally, any one panel of 98 Soul Boxes shows the exact number of individuals shot and killed by an employee at their own workplace in the past two years (as recorded by GunFireArchive.org).

November
Fort Collins High School, Fort Collins, CO
Students made Soul Boxes together and created a display for their school.

October 27
Remember: A Vigil Honoring the Dead
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA
A service for victims of gun violence, including four of the Soul Box panels made by North Decatur Presbyterian Church as a backdrop to performers and speakers.

October 21
Gun Violence Prevention Mayoral Candidate Forum
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA
Five of the 12 panels representing 2020 gunfire victims, made by North Decatur Presbyterian Church, served as backdrops for each of the Atlanta mayoral candidates. Soul Boxes are acknowledged at the end of this 90-minute forum on gun violence prevention.

October 16-17
This Loss We Carry
National Mall, Washington, D.C.
The complete collection of nearly 200,000 Soul Boxes representing the number of U.S. gunfire deaths and injuries in three years.

September 16-October 3
This Loss We Carry
ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI
In our midwest preview of This Loss We Carry at ArtPrize, the 50-foot long display of 8,800 Soul Boxes represented the number of Michigan injuries and deaths (including suicides) in just three years. ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition that takes place for 18 days in the fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Watch the news clip on Wood-TV8.

July 6-21
aRt Cottage Gallery, Concord, CA
An 800-Soul-Box installation designed by the local Moms Demand Action chapter.

June 26
This Loss We Carry
Multnomah Art Center (outdoors), Portland, OR
This preview of the larger exhibit scheduled for Washington, D.C., featured 70,000 Soul Boxes hung on panels and carried in procession.

June
State House, Providence RI
For Wear Orange, Rhode Island Moms Demand Action made and displayed 362 Soul Boxes representing two years of RI gunfire deaths and injuries.

June 1 – July 2
Paterson City Hall, Paterson, NJ
A display of 100 Soul Boxes was a collaboration between members of the Paterson Healing Collective (a hospital-based violence interruption program) and the Bergen & Passaic NJ-Moms Demand Action volunteers.

June
Flashlight Books, Walnut Creek, CA
A pop-up exhibit of 300 Soul Boxes accompanied a display of books on social justice themes.

May 7 – June 24
PROCESS: The Healing Power of Art
Nickel Plate Arts Gallery, Noblesville, IN
Over 300 Soul Boxes were part of this exhibit featuring processes and creations that helped artists work through difficult times or make connections with others. Soul Boxes were made through Moms Demand Action, Indiana chapter.

April 2
Maryland State House, outdoors, Annapolis, MD
Exhibit of DIY panels with 724 locally-made Soul Boxes organized by Moms Demand Action

February 17
North Decatur Presbyterian Church
Decatur/Atlanta, GA
Exhibit of 12 Soul Box Project panels represented the lives lost in Georgia from January to December 2020.

February 5 – April 8
Giving Light: An Art Antidote to Gun Violence
BronxArtSpace

Bronx, NY
Soul Boxes were included as a hands-on activity for visitors and local high school art students, among work by various artists.

January
The Pump House Regional Arts Center
LaCrosse, WI
Soul Boxes were made and collected on-site from November and exhibited in the Arts Center gallery in January.

November 5
Kingston First Parish Church (parking lot), Kingston, MA
Kingston First Parish Church, Moms Demand Action (MA/South Shore) and Grandmothers Against Gun Violence
Soul Boxes were laid out on pavement to form the word “LIVES.”

March – June
Trista Holz Studios, Fond du Lac, WI
Students of Art and Art Therapy and their professor with members of girls’ sports teams, Marian University
Students began folding 650 Soul Boxes in September 2019. The gallery installation became a shop window exhibit when COVID descended.

July 27
Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy, CA
Moms Demand Action, San Jose chapter
An outdoor exhibit of 1,000 Soul Boxes commemorated the one-year anniversary of the lives lost at the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival.

June 6
Wear Orange Weekend (virtual event), Indianapolis, IN
Moms Demand Action, Indiana chapter

April
First Baptist Church of Denver, Denver, CO
A small exhibition of 9 panels and hundreds of Soul Boxes remained installed through much of the year. The larger exhibit throughout the church was never completed and the April event at the State Capitol building was cancelled due to COVID.

December
Jeron X. Grayson Center, Pittsburgh, PA
CeaseFirePA, Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence, and Moms Demand Action
Soul Boxes were hung in this community center named for a victim of gun violence. A ceremony remembered many recent victims of gunfire.

October
Behind the Bullet documentary, Portland, OR
A screening of the film by Heidi Yewman at the Multnomah Arts Center acknowledged supporters of the Soul Box Project. Talk by Leslie Lee and board members, followed by Q & A and procession through Multnomah Village.

September
HatchLab, Portland, OR
Exhibit of Soul Box panels and strands in a workspace hub.

August 2 – 30
City Hall, Milwaukie, OR
This exhibit of 3,500 origami boxes represented the approximate number of people killed by gunfire every month in the U.S.

August 1 – 9
School of Visual Concepts, Seattle, WA
Soul Boxes were exhibited in the school and augmented by a public Box-folding event at the South Lake Union Block Party.

August 1 – 4
Gun Sense University, Washington, D.C.
Everytown for Gun Safety
The Soul Box Project was a conference participant and presenter.

June 2019 – 2021
First Baptist Church of Denver, Denver, CO
A small exhibition of 9 panels and hundreds of Soul Boxes remained installed through much of the year. The larger exhibit throughout the church was never completed and the April 2020 event at the State Capitol building was cancelled due to COVID.

June, July & August
First Friday series, Milwaukie, OR
Milwaukie Arts Committee
Box-folding activities were available at the three summer “First Friday” events.

June 17-21
Portland Institute for Loss & Transition Summer Institute in Grief Therapy, Artful Grief Studio, Portland, OR
The Soul Box Project was a conference participant/presenter.

May
Nevada National Alliance on Mental Illness, Reno, NV
The Soul Box Project was a conference participant/presenter.

April 5 – 30
Multnomah Arts Center Gallery, Portland, OR
15,000 Soul Boxes were exhibited in the Multnomah Arts Center.

March 23
City Hall, Burien, WA
Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, University of WA, and Highline Schools Foundation
The Soul Box Project exhibited during a Safe Firearm Storage Giveaway event.

February 15
Oregon State Capitol Lobby, Salem, OR
A procession brought 36,000 Soul Boxes through the Rotunda and deposited them inside a structure in the State Capitol Lobby. These Boxes (in bags) represented the number of people killed in the U.S. in 2018.

January 13 – February 12
Cerimon House, Portland, OR
The Gallery of Souls exhibit displayed 3,000 Soul Boxes at the community center, which was open to the public to fold Boxes in order to reach the 36,000 goal for the State Capitol procession.

August 18
Multnomah Days, Portland, OR
The Soul Box Project had a presence and participated in a march.

June 2-3
Wear Orange, Portland, OR
Moms Demand Action, Portland chapter
Soul-Box folding activities and information distribution

March 24
March for Our Lives, Portland, OR
Procession with Soul Box Project backpacks

February
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Portland, OR
Soul Boxes were exhibited in the church.

I felt energy right away when I walked into this room! Thank you so much for bringing so much life and caring into this issue. Gun violence and school shootings are tearing our society apart. Awareness will help to bring about the change that we need to happen.
Guestbook note, Multnomah Arts Center, Portland, OR