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The Cosanti Foundation Announces 2020 Event and Program Season

Date(s) – 04/05/2020 – 04/06/2020
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The Cosanti Foundation is celebrating half a century of dedication to the arts, environmental stewardship, research, education, and cultural transformation with a robust and diverse season of events and programs that are open to the public. From entertainment to education, the workshops, performances, and events take place, for the first time, at both Cosanti in Paradise Valley, and Arcosanti, near Cordes Junction. The Cosanti Foundation stewards both sites and oversees Cosanti Originals, where the  world-renowned windbells are hand-crafted by skilled artisans at both sites.


“We are proud to be celebrating 50 years of architectural experimentation at Arcosanti this year and we invite the community and visitors to take advantage of all the incredible programming we have to offer,” says Kelly Bird, Director of Marketing and Communications, at The Cosanti Foundation. “We have a rich artistic history and an enduring cultural and architectural significance…to be able to celebrate that and create programs that bring new audiences to learn about what we do, is especially exciting. There have never been more reasons to see what’s happening at Arcosanti and Cosanti!”


Upcoming events from March through October include:

Opening Reception for Arcosanti Resident and Alumni Art Exhibition

Friday, March 6, 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition open to the public daily through November 1



Jazz Guitar Brunch featuring Andreas Kapsalis

Sunday, March 15

Brunch 11:00 a.m.: $15

Performance 12:30 p.m.: $25



3-Day Metalworking Workshop

Friday, April 24-Sunday, April 26

Friday, May 29- Sunday, May 31

Daily from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.




1-Day Photography Workshop

Saturday, March 21

Saturday, April 18

Sunday, May 24

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.




FREE Eight-Part Living Land Lecture Series with Guest Speakers (as scheduled below)

April 2-May 23, times as noted below

Arcosanti and Cosanti


Jim Turner: Arizona Water Use and Farming Cultures, Prehistory to the Present

Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.



Paul Hirt: How Clean Energy and High Capacity Batteries Are Changing Our World…For the Better

Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.



Matthew Goodwin: The Roden Crater Project and The Brilliance of Sustainability

Saturday, April 18, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.



Dan Schilling: Aldo Leopold – Founding Voice of Environmental Ethics

Saturday, April 25, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.



Robin Pinto: The Value and Importance of Water in the Desert – The History of the Agua Caliente Spring

Thursday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.



Allen Dart: The Antiquity of Irrigation in the Southwest

Thursday, May 7, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.



Gregg McNamee: The Gila – River of History

Thursday, May 14, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.



Patrick McWhortor: How Arizona’s Unique Urban Laboratory Put Sustainability on the Map

Saturday, May 30, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.



5-Day Immersive Experience Week

Wednesday, April 29-Sunday, May 3

Includes lodging, daily workshops, lunch and dinner daily and the unique opportunity to engage with Arcosanti residents and spaces

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily



Inaugural Annual Cosanti Originals Ceramics Sale

Thursday, May 7-Sunday, May 10

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily



Summer Solstice Celebration

Saturday, June 20

Soleri Plaza Bridge, Scottsdale


Italian Night

Saturday, June 20, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.


Featuring dinner, live entertainment by The Crosstown Players

6:00 p.m. Dinner: $20

7:30 p.m. Performance: $25



Summer Shakespeare Night at Arcosanti

Saturday, September 19, 7:30 p.m.-9 :00 p.m.

Laark Productions presents the romantic comedy, Midsummer Night’s Dream




Convergence: Counterculture, Co-Creation, Art, and Music Festival

Saturday, October 10-Monday, October 12

$75-$100 for admission to the three-day festival; meals and overnight accommodations available for an additional charge

9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. daily



40th Annual Colly Concert

Outdoor concert featuring the classical duo Opus Two

Saturday, October 24, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. Complimentary Wine and Cheese Reception

6:00 p.m. Concert: $25

7:30 p.m. Dinner: $20



For more about these happenings, other workshops and special events taking place at Arcosanti near Cordes Junction and Cosanti in Paradise Valley, as well as daily tours and more, visit