ART REVEALING THE GUNFIRE EPIDEMIC.
MAKE A BOX. SEND IT IN. IT COUNTS.
It's Been A Long Year!
On March 11, 2020, we held an Open House at our workshop in the Multnomah Arts Center. It was a wonderful day of gathering with our volunteers and supporters. It was also the day COVID was declared a global pandemic. Two days later Breonna Taylor was shot. Everything changed, including how–together–we kept our increasingly vital Soul Box Project going strong.
YOU did it! A BIG, sincere round of applause to everyone who stepped up to match $50,000! Because of you we can plan the months ahead with more confidence. Even though there's a long way to go to cover everything on the agenda for 2021, your belief in The Soul Box Project has buoyed our spirits as well as the bank balance.
Georgia Takes Action With Soul Boxes
For years Ellen Gadberry has been helping her church in Atlanta raise awareness of Georgia's gun deaths. At one point they tied hundreds of ribbons on trees to represent the lives lost and the names they read aloud the third Sunday of each month. A few months ago they started making Soul Boxes. Watch one of the several news stories their recent exhibit has garnered. Another is posted on our website. Watch the story
BronxArtSpace Offers a Way to Heal
“When you're not healed from trauma you're going to perpetuate it, so how do we stop the cycle?” asks Beverly Emers, curator of a provocative exhibit at BronxArtSpace in New York titled Giving Light: An Art Antidote to Gun Violence. Beverly has included a healing station in the gallery where people are making Soul Boxes. The show is open through April 8 with a variety of ways to participate. Watch the story
Our Media Team at Work
Key to keeping the Project's message in front of the public has been the work of LauraEvansMedia.com. Laura and her team are the force behind the TV news, online articles and visual supports like this graphic to promote the Soul Box Online Exhibit. This Exhibit, with a name-search function, and our regular Virtual Gatherings are examples of how we pivoted our outreach during COVID. Experience the Exhibit
Like. Follow. Clap.
The more our media is acknowledged the more people will see it. That's just the way it works in the digital world, so give the Project some love. Please Like our Facebook page: we only need 783 more Likes to qualify for a fundraising tool. Tell your FB friends! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and add some Claps to the Soul Box origin story on Medium.com Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn
Save the Date and Join Us!
We have every reason to be hopeful about exhibiting on our reserved space at the National Mall the weekend of Oct 16-17. Most everyone will be vaccinated and ready to get out and engage. Carrying Soul Boxes and feeling that burden of loss and injury is an emotional experience for people participating in our processions. If you want to join us in D.C. that weekend please take this quick survey.Watch our 2019 procession at the Oregon State Capitol.
Do You Have a Story to Share?
Every Soul Box Has a Story is a video series being produced for us by Lindsey Grayzel of Goodwin Grayzel Productions. We are looking for stories about how The Soul Box Project has been meaningful to survivors, victims, donors or volunteers to share on social media and our website. If you would like an interview with Lindsey just let us know.
Join us Thursday March 25, 4-5 pm Pacific time. New Box-folders are always welcome; we will show you how. We’ll talk about how a year ago we reserved an April date to exhibit on the National Mall. When COVID persisted, we backed that up with Oct 2021. While we fold, we'll share how the D.C. plans have been made and re-made. Virtual Gathering info & dates.
If needed: Meeting ID: 966 9020 9436 Password: 631458
March 26 is Our Next
Last Boxing Day we took in 2,768 Soul Boxes! At the current 2021 toll of 5,029 deaths and injuries each month, our goal of 200,000 Soul Boxes by October will represent 2019 - 2021. Have you made Soul Boxes we haven't received? Make the 26th day of every month a goal for mailing your Boxes or dropping them off outside our workshop at the Multnomah Arts Center.
7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR.
South parking lot behind the building - entry from SW 31st Ave. Mailing info