We are pleased to announce that Kathryn Joyce and Dan Shilling have joined the board of directors for the Cosanti Foundation!

Kathryn is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the Thunderbird School of Global Management at ASU. Her experience spans 25 years in the development profession creating sustainable and transformative resources through thoughtful leadership that has helped shape the mission and vision of non-profit organizations and academic institutions alike.

In her professional roles, Kathryn has navigated dialogues on issues of leadership development, diversity, multiculturalism, and international interests as those topics bridge a greater understanding toward solutions, growing resources, and being future ready.  Having lived in New York, California, Texas, New Mexico, and returning home to Arizona, has provided particular insights into the creative engagement of multiple constituencies. Additionally, she has served on the boards of fine arts performance organizations, private schools, and cultural institutions in order to give back and contribute ideas and resources that help shape the dynamic nature of the places we call home.

Dan earned his PhD from Arizona State University, which recently awarded him the school’s highest alumnus honor. For nearly 20 years he directed the Arizona Humanities Council, an educational foundation that is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. His 2007 book Civic Tourism: The Poetry and Politics of Place extends sustainable tourism into the environmental, social, and political realms.
Since retiring, he has taught sustainability at ASU, co-directed summer institutes on environmental issues for college faculty and co-edited an anthology on indigenous land ethics. Dan has served on nearly 50 boards and commissions. He lives in Phoenix.


It is with great sadness that we write to inform you Randall Schultz passed away late last night. He had recently undergone a stent placement surgery, and it appears that his passing was the result of complications during his recovery.

“The King of the Lab,” as many of us knew him, was an exceptional person, artist, fabricator, friend, and community member. He was the ultimate example of what an Arconaut could and should be, and we have lost an important piece of our history and our soul through his passing. He died in a place that he loved, surrounded by people who loved him, for which we will forever be grateful.

A service for Randall will be held at Arcosanti on Saturday, June 8th. Festivities begin at 5pm, please bring a drink and a dish to share. Guest rooms have been blocked off for the evening; friends of Randall who wish to spend the night can call the Arcosanti Gallery and let them know that you will be attending the memorial service.

With warmth and remembrance,
The Arcosanti Community


Common Spring Plants To See On Your Next Hike

By: Kathleen Terry Johnson

Springtime is one of the best times of the year to get outdoors on a hike in the Sonoran desert. The plants are coming to life after a brief winter, but the temperatures haven’t yet marched into the triple digits. Arizona is home to a variety of plant life outside of the signature Saguaro cactus, and in the spring, many of these plants are in bloom. Here are common spring plants to see on your next hike.

Palo Verde Trees


Let’s begin with the state tree — the palo verde. There are actually two species of palo verde trees in the Arizona desert, and as one of the few sources of shade, you can’t miss them. Depending on whether it’s the foothills palo verde or the blue palo verde, the trees can range in height from 30 to 40 feet tall. They play a crucial role in the ecology of the desert, offering shade and shelter to any number of other species of plants and animals. The trees put on a show of bright yellow blooms each spring beginning in March. When you see them, it’s easy to understand why the Arizona legislature named this the state tree.

Spider Milkweed

The green flowers with purple buds bloom from April until August. Spider milkweed grows in clusters of about 20 flowers. They grow well is the desert heat and bloom nicely along the Agua Fria River. These flowers are vital to the ecosystem. Without milkweed, the monarch butterfly will cease to exist since caterpillars feast on their leaves.

Desert Ironwood Trees

This is another plant you can’t miss — just because of its height in a landscape dominated by smaller shrubs and plants. The desert ironwood tree is also a “nurse” plant in the landscape because of its height. If you’re on a hike in late May, you’ll catch the plant’s spring show. You won’t soon forget their spectacular pink and purple blossoms that arrive in late May… just as the heat does. It’s worth a little sweat to see them in bloom.

Fairy Dusters

These delicate pink puffs bloom beginning in February, all the way through May. Fairy dusters are low shrubs that are native to the Sonoran desert, and the flowers are oddly delicate against the rugged terrain. These are most common on hillsides and below 5,000 feet elevation. Fairy dusters also play an important role in the ecology — feeding different insects and animals living in the desert. It’s also one of the most popular native plants used in local gardens if you are looking for inspiration for your own home.

Lesser Indian Paintbrush

One of the most stunning flowers of the desert, the lesser Indian paintbrush blooms from March through September. It prefers a moist environment so you’ll most likely see it in wet meadows and along stream banks. This flower is also plentiful along the Agua Fria River.

Desert Globemallow

The strawberry hedgehog cactus is also called the Engelmann hedgehog cactus. Never mind the funny name because this is one of the first cacti to bloom in the spring. It’s well worth the show when you come across one because the pink and magenta flowers are a standout. The cactus blooms beginning in March and the plant itself gets up to about a foot high. The flowers turn to a fleshy fruit a few months after the spring blossoming.

Hundreds of plants grow in the Arizona desert, and each has something to contribute to the sustainability of the environment. The desert is often considered a barren land, but it’s very much alive and growing. And the scenery varies from season to season. These common spring plants to see on your next hike will put you on the lookout for the color every season offers.

Kathleen Terry Johnson is a travel blogger and nature enthusiast. She loves exploring new places and new ways to enjoy the outdoors.

As part of our year of transition for the Cosanti Foundation and Cosanti Originals we are expanding our Bell sales online, both through a new website and Facebook sales, using Shopify. Transitioning to Shopify has enabled us to link all of our sales to one platform and is giving us the ability to deliver better service to our customers and a more streamlined bell sales process.

We are also reactivating the sale of Special Assemblies as they have historically been some of our most interesting and treasured offerings. Inquires about ordering a custom assembly can be made by contacting cosantioriginals@gmail.com.

Website sales have also been getting an overhaul to make the process better for our customers. Adding Facebook sales gives us another method to engage with potential bell customers and reach new audiences, which in turn further helps us to bolster the educational mission of the Cosanti Foundation.

Global Stilt Congress & Carpetbag Brigade present Citizen Ship: The Legislation

The Global Stilt Congress gathers acrostilt practitioners from around the world for two weeks each year at Arcosanti to evolve the form and strengthen our network.

The Legislation is the culminating performance act of Global Stilt Congress 2019, held within and around the experimental architecture of Arcosanti. It is a site responsive acrobatic stilt and spoken word performance action throughout the grounds of Arcosanti exploring the concepts of belonging and bordering. Tickets can be purchased by following this link.

Tickets for this event are $20 online for general admission, $10 for students. Tickets at the door will be $25 for general admission.

Pop-up Dinner with Phoenix Diners Collective

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with Phoenix Diners Collective for a special pop-up dinner experience! Tickets to this special dinner event will be $40 for the general public. Menu TBA.