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ART REVEALING THE GUNFIRE EPIDEMIC.
MAKE A BOX. SEND IT IN. IT COUNTS.

3,000 Soul Boxes in Seattle thru August 8

How many people are killed by gunfire in the U.S. during an average month? You can see for yourself in Seattle through August 8. Over 3,000 Soul Boxes line the walls at the School of Visual Concepts in South Lake Union. A hub for Amazon and the biotech industry, the neighborhood is a perfect setting for our latest public Soul Box exhibit, with lots of foot traffic and activity. 

SVC invited us to exhibit in their gallery space surrounding their classrooms. “Hosting the Soul Box Project has been a great way to fill our school with community art that has a powerful message,” says Emily Watrous, registrar for the school. “It's been so nice having the boxes here, but it's such a sad issue that we face.” 
Christine Morrell brought her sons to visit the exhibit. “It’s powerful and sobering and maddening to appreciate the impact that gun violence has brought to so many families and communities and humbling to see the small messages and images on these boxes,” she says.
“It’s especially heartbreaking to see the number of mentions of kids under 10 who are victims. It's one of the most touching exhibits I’ve seen in a long time.”
 
Thank you to SVC staff and Soul Box volunteers Jane Weiss, Maureen DiGiacomo, Susan Woods and Patti Linscott for helping with the installation. 

The exhibition runs through Thursday, August 8. 
10 am – 7 pm, Monday - Thursday. 10 am – 4 pm, Fridays. 10 am – 1 pm, Saturdays. School of Visual Concepts, 2300 7th Avenue, South Lake Union neighborhood, Seattle, WA. 

On Friday, August 9, stop by the South Lake Union Block Party to fold Soul Boxes.
We’ll have a table and Box-making helpers at the SVC booth. Look for the steam roller. (Really!)
2 pm – 7 pm, South Lake Union Discovery Center, northwest corner of Denny Way and Westlake Ave. N., 101 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA. slublockparty.com (Note: The exhibit will NOT be open during the block party.)

We need volunteers to show people how to fold Soul Boxes
at the South Lake Union Block Party!

Find out more here.

View 600 Soul Boxes in Denver

At what might be the highest altitude Soul Box exhibit to date, First Baptist Church of Denver is hosting 600 Soul Boxes in a public display. Rhonda Magee and her team of volunteer installers hung six panels at the entrance to the historic sanctuary, across the street from the Colorado State Capitol. 
This small, yet moving, grouping of Soul Boxes is just a preview of a much larger exhibition planned for spring 2020 to remember the 1999 Columbine shooting.

If you're in Denver, be sure to stop by to see the Soul Boxes and add your own to the display. Thank you, First Baptist, for bringing Soul Boxes to Denver!

Exhibit hours:
7 am - 4 pm, weekdays. Sundays, 9 am – 12:30 pm. First Baptist Church, 1373 Grant St., Denver, CO.

Milwaukie's Soul Boxes in Display

It’s been a summer of Soul Boxes in Milwaukie, Oregon. Residents folded more than 200 Boxes at the city’s First Friday downtown celebrations in June and July. On the first Friday of August around 3,500 Soul Boxes will go on display at City Hall, including those made by residents. The involvement was coordinated by Milwaukie’s Arts Committee, the artMOB. 
 
"Milwaukie wants to have a call to action to promote awareness of gun violence and empower our citizens to do something about this 21st century travesty," says artMOB member Serafine Lilien. Serafine folded Soul Boxes at an event a year ago and worked to bring Soul Boxes to Milwaukie.  

The number of Soul Boxes in the exhibit will represent the approximate number of people killed or injured by gunfire in the U.S. in one month.
"This special art project is important to the members of artMOB, because we know that art can heal; it can bring people and communities together in a different way than just seeing events on the news," said Sarah Bagley, another artMOB member.

The final First Friday of the summer coincides with the opening of Milwaukie’s Soul Box exhibit.
Opening night and First Friday folding: August 2, 5 – 7:30 pm. Exhibition hours 8 am – 5 pm, weekdays through August 30. Milwaukie City Hall, 10722 SE Main St., Milwaukie, OR. City Hall is just a 3-minute walk from the Orange MAX line.

Thank you, artMOB and volunteers for bringing Soul Boxes to the people of Milwaukie. 

Boxes and a Book

There’s still time to read An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago by Alex Kotlowitz and participate in our Boxes and a Book event in Portland. An American Summer is a thoughtful nonfiction account of living in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods — the places where they have the motto, Sun’s out. Guns out. Join us to fold Boxes and discuss the book. If you can’t make it to Portland, feel free to hold a similar event in your town! Thursday, August 22, 3 – 5 pm. Soul Box Workspace, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland. RSVP.

Volunteer and March at Multnomah Days

Carry the Soul Box banner or backpacks of 100 Soul Boxes, showing the number of people killed by gunfire in the U.S. in one day. Help children fold Soul Boxes at our booth in the Kids' Zone outside the Multnomah Arts Center. Volunteer shifts are available from 9 am - 5 pm. Join the family fun and bring Soul Boxes to many more Portlanders. Learn more and sign up here. 
More Soul Box Tools for Participation
There are lots of ways to bring Soul Boxes to your
community, including using backpacks in marches and parades and hosting a Box-folding table. Our website has lots of ideas and tools.
Check them all out here

Other Upcoming Soul Box Events here.
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