April 21, 2020

The Cosanti Foundation and Scottsdale Arts: A partnership that has a good “ring” to it

Community partnerships are crucial to Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation’s mission to generate a thriving community through intentional, outcome-based experiences that promote mental, physical, and social well-being. This week, we are focusing on our long-standing partnership with the Cosanti Foundation

A collection of bells at Arcosanti. Photo: The Cosanti Foundation, Jessica Jameson.

Since 1965, the Cosanti Foundation has been dedicated to influencing the way the built environment is shaped in balance with the environment. Through the experimental architecture at Cosanti and Arcosanti, the two culturally significant sites it stewards, The Cosanti Foundation continues to inspire progressive ideas in urban design. 

Cosanti artists carve into silt-casted bells. Photo: The Cosanti Foundation, Jessica Jameson.

Scottsdale Arts has had a long relationship with the Cosanti Foundation, from exhibitions at SMoCA to permanent public art: Soleri Bridge and Plaza at the Scottsdale Waterfront. Our most recent partnership was last year at Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light. Cosanti artists worked with youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale in a collaborative art installation entitled Aquarius: The Water Bearer. Artists also provided event attendees the opportunity to try their hand at silt casting their own Cosanti bells.  

Cosanti artists pour bronze bells at the foundry.
Photo: The Cosanti Foundation, Jessica Jameson.

Both Scottsdale Arts and the Cosanti Foundation value the importance of art, environment, and mental wellness, which is why we are excited to share several ways you can get involved with art and ideas while practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 health crisis. 

  • Join in on an organized effort to bring people together during this time of uncertainty and isolation through the collective ringing of your Cosanti Windbell on Friday, April 24, 2020, at 7:06 p.m. MST (sunset) to inspire hope and connection to others during home-sheltering. Post your bell ringing on Cosanti’s Facebook or Instagram or Arcosanti’s Facebook or Instagram and use #RingForHope.
  • Don’t have a bell? Buy one from Cosanti’s store. Beginning April 17, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the Hope for All Humanity Bell and all other Cause Bells will go to the Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund, established by the Arizona Community Foundation to support nonprofits. 
  • Get your daily dose of exercise and vitamin D and take a walk along the Scottsdale Waterfront to enjoy Soleri Bridge
  • Like many arts and cultural organizations, Arcosanti is currently closed to the public. Until they can welcome visitors again, they have developed a virtual tour with captivating photographs and interesting facts from over our 50 year history. Experience what Newsweek once called “probably the most important experiment [in urban architecture] in our lifetime.” 
  • Buy the catalog from SMoCA’s most recent exhibition, Repositioning Paolo Soleri: The City is Nature.
The Cosanti Foundation leads a silt-casting workshop during Canal Convergence 2019.
The Cosanti Foundation leads a silt-casting workshop during Canal Convergence 2019.
Photo: Scottsdale Arts

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