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Hands-on for Craftivism and Gun Violence Awareness

Sat 1:00pm - 1:50pm

Venue: Studio (Art)


You can raise awareness about gun violence, starting simply by folding two pieces of paper. Speaking truth to power isn’t just about marching, boycotts, sit-ins and protests; making things can make a profound difference for peace and justice, too. That’s the idea behind craftivism, an idea popularized by Betsy Greer and embodied by artists like Leslie Lee, founder of The Soul Box Project.

In this hands-on craftivists’ session led by Atlanta artist Ellen Gadberry, you’ll work through the simple steps for building an origami box that represents a life impacted by the U.S. gunfire epidemic, hear more about the history of this project at local and state levels, and learn about upcoming plans to take 200,000 Soul Boxes to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in October 2021. All materials for folding and decorating a box will be provided, along with resources for taking this project back to your local networks and communities. Come to be a maker or just to participate in this conversation about artistic activism and social justice. Preview the project at