Colly was very much the backbone of the Cosanti Foundation, both at Cosanti and Arcosanti.[photo: Colly Soleri with daughter Kristine in the completed Domehouse, ca. mid 1950’s]
Here in the archives we are amazed at the amount of work she did, and how she left it all so perfectly organized. There are handwritten copies of the text of Soleri’s early sketchbooks, many many typed manuscripts, correspondence with schools and universities and people all over the world, minutely detailed itineraries for Paolos lecture trips, photos and slides of all of the early construction efforts and so much more.[photo: Colly and Paolo Soleri at the opening of the Corcoran exhibition in 1970]
Excerpts from a letter of Paolo Soleri in 1982:
“From Colly’s work and radiance we will call out music for years to come, for children and grownups, for bodies and minds.
The instrument for this process is the COLLY SOLERI MUSIC TRUST. The trust has been established in her name to develop a living testimonial to Colly’s extraordinary contribution to the Arcosanti project in Arizona within the discipline she loved best, music.
With funds from the trust we will bring live musical performances to Arcosanti and the neighboring communities, and develop a school of music with a resident faculty of performers and teachers as part of an interdisciplinary approach to cultural studies. Music and theatre will articlate with history, philosophy, science, technology and theology in a program of rehearsals, concerts, original works, retreats and the international conferences and events held bi-annually at Arcosanti”