Dear Friends and Contributors to the Cosanti Foundation and to Arcosanti, past and present,
On behalf of the entire Board, I am pleased to inform you that the Cosanti Foundation’s IRS Form 990 for the year 2016, (year ending 1/31/2017), is now online.
All in all, 2016 was a good year for the Foundation. The Board took up the work started by the Steering Committee to develop a Strategic Plan. We have reworked the initial scope and I am pleased to report that we have completed the task and have a plan in place that outlines a series of both short and long-range initiatives. This is a working plan which will be enhanced, modified and improved as we progress.
The plan is a three-year strategy that addresses Infrastructure needs, Education, Workshops, The Performing Arts and the expansion of our Retail Activities. The plan also addresses the organizational structure as we begin to implement a succession management initiative. It is an aggressive plan as it should be.
We plan to carry on these transitional efforts in 2017 as we continue to expand our Board with new independent Directors. The new and improved Arcosanti website is about to be unveiled, watch for its launch this fall. This has been a major commitment of time and effort by many members of the team being led by the four Co-Presidents. We are working diligently on the SMOCA, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, exhibition which will feature the works of Paolo Soleri and is entitled “Repositioning Paolo Soleri”. The event is scheduled for mid-October and will continue through mid-January. Once again, FORM | ARCOSANTI was a considerable success. The New York Times called it “America’s greatest small music festival”. Finally, as promised we will be introducing three new product categories to be sold in our gift galleries, just in time for the SMOCA exhibit.
The Cosanti Foundation has had a successful year. We continue to see thousands of visitors to both Cosanti and Arcosanti. We are anxious to get to work on the infrastructure improvements that are identified in our Strategic Plan. We believe that by improving and updating both facilities that we will be well positioned to grow visitation, enhance visitor enjoyment and build upon our already successful Performing Arts program.
Finally, we want to thank all our associates within the Cosanti / Arcosanti organizations for their talent and dedication. We believe that our people are the best representatives of our vision; and we further believe that, collectively, we can achieve our goals for 2017 and beyond.
With best wishes,
John Walsh, Chairman and the entire Cosanti Foundation Board of Directors