Anybody can make a Soul Box and send it in to be part of our exhibits. Your community can go much further -- adopting Soul Boxes in group Box-making gatherings, visibility events and exhibitions. Here are ways to bring The Soul Box Project to your city or town.
Box-making gatherings not only introduce The Soul Box Project to groups, but provide a platform for healing and sharing experiences and hopes for a more civil society. Instructions for how to host a Box-making gathering
Some of the most ardent supporters of The Soul Box Project are faith communities. We have put together a toolkit called We'll Take the Sabbath for congregations. It includes ideas for adopting the Project. The idea of We'll Take the Sabbath is that 100 people are shot every day in the U.S.. A faith community can step forward and say, "We'll hold space for the people shot on our Sabbath day. As a congregation, we will commit to folding 100 Soul Boxes every week." Some churches have also committed to holding a "Soul Box Sunday" each month, providing supplies and folding coaches during Fellowship Hour. Toolkit for faith communities
Activist organizations (Moms Demand Action, Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, Wear Orange), schools, faith communities, mental health organizations (NAMI), arts centers and councils ... all have participated in the Project. Ideas for Soul Boxes in schools
Eventually, all Soul Boxes are sent to our central workspace in Portland, Oregon. Before they are sent in, they can be used in local exhibits and events. To do that, a central Box drop-off location is needed. Any local locations can be included on the Soul Box website. Current drop-off locations are now limited due to COVID.
There are several ways to introduce Soul Boxes at community events. Provide Box-making materials and guidance at fairs and gun-sense events. Share the Project at conferences. Set up a static display with Box-making instructions and supplies in public spaces. Printable flyers with folding instructions
A backpack of 100 Soul Boxes, representing the number of people shot in the U.S. every day weighs about 5 pounds. These backpacks are very effective in marches and at community events. Contact the Project to request backpack kits or borrow pre-made packs. (Already have a backpack kit? View the backpack assembly video.)
For maximum impact, combine an exhibit with several Box-folding gatherings and a public event. Small or large, Soul Box exhibits can effectively visualize the scale of the gunfire epidemic. For a Pop-up / DIY exhibit, we can advise on hosting a culminating exhibit with the Soul Boxes made in your community. For larger venues, install our modular 4'h x 2'w (98-Box) panels via our Panel Loan Program. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to advise on creating exhibits.
Examples of exhibits and events, small and large, can be viewed below.
Portable table display showing two panels of 98 Soul Boxes.