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Exhibit at Multnomah Arts Center Gallery Closes April 30!
Two weeks ago our latest exhibition, Art Revealing the Gunfire Epidemic, opened in Portland’s Multnomah Arts Center. Visitors filled the Gallery as they slowly made their way through an enveloping display of Soul Boxes. One visitor said, “It’s like an entire museum in one small gallery. I could spend hours here, looking at each individual Soul Box.” 
The 15,000 Soul Boxes in the exhibition represent the number of people killed or injured by gunfire in the U.S. this year, as of April 5.* 
3,500 dead by gunfire in accidents, violence and defense
 5,500 suicides by gunfire
6,200 gunfire injuries
By the time the exhibit closes on April 30, about 2,450 more lives will be lost in the U.S. from gunfire.
Each Soul Box carries the name of a gunfire victim, an image, or a message of protest or hope. “This is how I imagined it over a year ago,” said Soul Box founder Leslie Lee. “Thousands of Soul Boxes made by people with differing views and experiences come together in one powerful statement.”
Photos above by Nathan V. Holden.
Underneath a canopy made of 2,000 Soul Boxes, visitors can fold Soul Boxes and add them to the display. Check our new website calendar for times when docents are available to help you fold a Soul Box. There is also an opportunity for larger groups to hold Box-folding sessions in the Soul Box workspace in the MAC Art Cottages. To arrange for a group visit, please contact us directly. 
Here's what visitors wrote about the exhibition in our guestbook:

“What a moving exhibit. It makes the losses so real, palpable.” 

“Great project. My Dad shot himself and it was awful. No more guns!!”

“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 … Awareness will help to bring about the change that we need to happen.”

“We appreciate the ‘Aha’ moment this project creates. Thank you for waking us up in such a simple yet effective way.”

“Thanks for letting us participate.”

The exhibition closes on April 30 at 5 pm.
Multnomah Arts Center Gallery, 7688 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, OR. 
April 5 - 30, 2019. Weekdays 9 am - 9:30 pm. Weekends 9 am - 5 pm. Admission is free.
The Magic Number is 50
People from around the country have now sent in more than 50,000 Soul Boxes.
Thank you Box-makers! 

Our current goal is to take 200,000+ Soul Boxes across the country and to Washington, D.C. in 2020, so we still have a long way to go. Keep making Boxes and sending them in. They count. 
Another “50” we have reached is 50% of our first sustaining donor campaign. Thank you for all the contributions we have received! To continue revealing the gunfire epidemic the Project needs $3,500/month in dependable income to fund a lease, insurance, utilities and other expenses for an adequate place to work.

Our workspace became a reality when we moved into Art Cottages 1 & 2 on the Multnomah Arts Center campus. That means your donation supports two worthy organizations every month: The Soul Box Project, and then the Multnomah Arts Center when we pay our rent. 

If you can pledge $5, $15, $25 a month – or any amount that fits your ability to give – you can help keep this Project stable. Please do it today!
Box-makers and volunteers are the engine that drives The Soul Box Project. Donations are the fuel that keeps it running. 
Thank you for your support.
Become a Sustaining Donor
Upcoming Events
April 30: The Alliance for Gun Responsibility - Washington, Seattle, WA
May 7: NAMI Nevada 2019 State Conference, Reno, NV
May 10 – 12: 24 Hours of Country Music, Las Vegas, NV with Route91Strong
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