ART REVEALING THE GUNFIRE EPIDEMIC.
MAKE A BOX. SEND IT IN. IT COUNTS.
2020 is nearly over and we are all hopeful for positive change in 2021. Here at The Soul Box Project we will continue offering healing and ways to raise awareness in the months to come. From coast to coast, volunteers and donors like YOU are continuing to support our mission of ARTivism and we are sincerely grateful for your trust and participation. We look forward to working with you in the New Year!
Your Support is Being Matched!
Your response to the Big Match has been so encouraging! In fewer than three weeks we are over halfway to our goal. Your help with meeting this match will mean a $100,000 infusion for Soul Box exhibits and the Project operations behind them. Let’s keep the momentum going! There’s still time to make an end-of-year tax deductible donation or pledge support for 2021.
Each Soul Box display panel represents one day of lives lost to gunfire. Join Johanna Thoeresz and others who are donating by sponsoring panels. "I believe in the power of art to touch our hearts and heal our broken spirits. The Soul Box Project is building that consciousness. I sponsored a panel to acknowledge the devastating effects of deaths by gunfire—for each person affected, their family and our greater community." ~Thank you Johanna!
A shout out to volunteer Linda Loring for her vision: 1,160 Soul Boxes spelling out the word "LIVES" outside First Parish Church in Kingston, Massachusetts. The action was the area’s contribution to the Project in cooperation with South Shore Moms Demand Action. Got ideas for Soul Box displays? Let us know! Read the news article
A Little Library
Bridges COVID in WI
While they are unable to gather during the pandemic, The Pump House Regional Arts Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is offering paper for folding Soul Boxes via their Little Library outside the building. Watch Assistant Director Allison Krzych’s delight with the Boxes being returned. Ongoing through January. Watch the news clip
On the 26th day of every month it’s so encouraging to meet our supporters outside our workshop in Portland when they drop off thousands of Soul Boxes they have recently made. This month’s drop off is the “real” Boxing Day, December 26th, when it was a tradition, in Britain and elsewhere, for the rich to box up gifts to give to the poor.
So many of you give your time folding Soul Boxes and additionally gift the cost of shipping them. We deeply appreciate these donations—they are the backbone of the Project!
Whether you are mailing Soul Boxes or lightweight gifts, there are ways to mail for less.
Sending 72 Boxes or fewer? Use a carton no larger than 12 x 12 x 12 inches. The cost difference can be dramatic!
Are you looking for paper to fold? Gift wrap is often too flimsy for making a Box that will hold up to joining thousands and thousands of other Soul Boxes. Here’s how to combine gift wrap and junk mail to make beautiful eco-friendly Soul Boxes. No need for further embellishment; each Soul Box holds space for an unknown victim of gunfire.
Every other week people log on from all over the country to spend some time doing something creative, compassionate and calming at our virtual Soul Box folding events. Coming together to take action against the ever-growing gunfire epidemic is more important than ever right now.
Whether you’re new to folding or an experienced Soul Box-maker– Join us! We send email notices of upcoming sessions. To opt out of these notices, please update your preferences.
Monday, December 21, 10 - 11 am (Pacific) Holiday Team Tribute! This holiday week, we look forward to thanking YOU, the friends we've met across the country through The Soul Box Project. We are so appreciative of the love-infused Boxes we’ve received from all of you.
We are also inviting all the Soul Box Project team members to pop in, say hello and fold a Box or two. It will be a chance to express our gratitude - for each other and for what we are accomplishing. An opportunity to ask and answer questions and find out what happens behind the scenes here in Portland and wherever you are.We can't serve cookies, but we'll kindle some warmth and fellowship to bring light at the end of a dark year.
Monday, January 4, 10-11am (Pacific) Start the new year with resolve to make a difference through ARTivism. Together, let's welcome 2021.
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.