Art to Show the Impact of Gun Violence: The Soul Box Project

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Air date: 
Wed, 01/30/2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
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Artist and creator Leslie Lee
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An interview with artist Leslie Lee, creator of the Soul Box Project

On October 1, 2017 a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, killing 59 people and wounding 441. When TVs, phones and radios blew up with the news, how many of us turned away, thinking, "I can't face this again." After we heard the numbers, learned about the victims, how many of us asked, "What can I do?"  Arist Leslie Lee asked how art could to help us envision the how many lives have been impacted by gun violence.  The result was the Soul Box Project, a national  community art project in which anyone can make a handfolded paper box representing one person killed or injured in the U.S. since 2014.   

Today on the Radio Activist, hosts Lisa Loving and Suzanne LaGrande interview Leslie Lee about the Soul Box project and the first ever large scale exhibition of 36,000 Soul Boxes, representing the average number of people who die each year from gun violence, to be exhibited in the Oregon State Legislature on February 15, 2019. For more about the Soul Box Project, go to https://soulboxproject.org/.