There have been many rumors recently that the PAOLO SOLERI AMPHITHEATER in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is scheduled to be demolished.
The theater is located on the campus of the Santa Fe Indian School and many of the beautiful old buildings on that campus have been destroyed in the last couple of years.
On June 7. 2010, these rumors were finally confirmed with an article by George Johnson, posted in The Santa Fe Review. The article was sent to us by Ryan S. Flahive, Archivist at the IAIA, College of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe. Thank you, Ryan!
According to this article, the Superintendent of the Santa Fe Indian School, Everett Chavez, publicly announced, on New Mexico’s 94 Rock’s Morning radio show, that
the Paolo Soleri amphitheater will be destroyed as part of the school’s “aggressive educational agenda.”
The reasons stated were yearly maintenance costs of $95,000.00 to $99,000.00,
and a sum of $578,000.00 to bring the theater up to code, which would include compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
From the earliest rumors to the actual announcement by Mr. Chaves and to date, there has been a terrific response against the destruction, from students and alumni of the Indian School as well as from the architectural and general community.
There have also been many many heartfelt testimonials from people that attended events at this venue over the years.
We at the Cosanti Foundation will do whatever we can to support the preservation and restoration of the theater as a cultural and historic resource.
Stay tuned for more information on how to help!
One of our interns put together a series of web-postings about the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater in St. Fe, see Today@Arcosanti from January 2. 2009 – January 12. 2009.