ART REVEALING THE GUNFIRE EPIDEMIC.
MAKE A BOX. SEND IT IN. IT COUNTS.
As our nation and the world struggle to stay positive, it's important to find ways to help ourselves and others. This Thanksgiving, consider taking some time to fold Soul Boxes. Making art releases the feel-good hormones called endorphins which help us combat stress and pain. Whether you do it alone, with your family pod, or online, every Soul Box created helps our collective grief. It’s important to take care of ourselves in order to stay engaged and work for change. Now especially, we are thankful for your help.
Join the Big Match!
A Soul Box supporter has pledged to match your gifts up to $50,000!
In their words, here is why: This year many of us are directing our giving toward issues impacted by COVID. Gun violence is one of them...I strongly support The Soul Box Project's nonpartisan ARTivism. It's helping our nation see and feel the extent of these tragedies so we can take actions to end them!
Thank you to those who have already responded with 37% of the $50,000 match. We can do this!
Every month we are adding 3,000 more Soul Boxes to our Online Exhibit -- about the number of gunfire deaths our country suffers every month. We will keep adding until an entire year is represented. You can search the exhibit with a victim’s name to find a specific Soul Box (it may not show up until more Boxes are posted). You can zoom in to view the art up close, or scroll through rows and rows of Soul Boxes for a more immersive experience.
Please welcome our newest team member Diane Roberts! Based in Washington, D.C., Diane has stepped in to manage our social media. Get to know her as she shares a touching story about making her first Soul Box.
On the 26th day of every month it’s so encouraging to meet our supporters outside our workshop when they drop off thousands of Soul Boxes they have recently made. This month, the 26th is Thanksgiving so we are waiting until the “real” Boxing Day on December 26th.
Holiday gatherings on Zoom can be awkward. Clear the table and bring on pre-cut paper to fold Soul Boxes. You’ll have a better time when your hands are busy doing something fun and meaningful. Tune out your uncle’s rant. Praise a child’s creation. Show and tell what you’ve made. (Send your Boxes later - after the Holidays.)
Do good with your holiday shopping - at no cost to you. If you’re buying online, designate us as your Amazon Smile charity. A percentage of the price of your eligible purchases will be donated to The Soul Box Project.
Also, if you shop at Fred Meyer, designate Soul Box Project USA as your Community Rewards charity and we'll receive a donation.
Wednesday, December 2, 4 - 5 pm (Pacific) Bring a Friend or Family!Newcomersand experienced Box-makers are welcome! Bring someone who might be interested in the Project. Share your recent Soul Box creations or gain inspiration from others.
Sunday, December 6, 2 - 3 pm (Pacific) #ENOUGH –Plays to End Gun ViolenceMeets The Soul Box Project. Join the two projects founders Michael Cotey and Leslie Lee. We'll review Box-folding and share tips on hosting an event or exhibit.
Monday, December 21, 10 - 11 am (Pacific) Open Studio This holiday week, we look forward to visiting with you, the friends we've met across the country who have sent in so many love-infused Soul Boxes. We can't serve cookies, but we'll kindle some warmth and fellowship to bring light in this winter season.
Revealing the gunfire epidemic can not wait
To sustain momentum through 2021, The Soul Box Project
needs to raise $200,000. Any amount you can contribute to double the $50,000 matching pledge
will be deeply appreciated.