From Cosanti Foundation board member Michel Sarda regarding a collection of passages about Arcosanti called Voices of Arcosanti:
February 3, 2009
Obj. VOICES of ARCOSANTI
Dear friend of Arcosanti.
A number of initiatives are under way to celebrate Paolo Soleri’s 90th birthday in June. The most visible is expected to be the groundbraking of the Scottsdale Bridge. Others include a new Quaderno on Arcosanti, possibly the release of “Essential Soleri” compiled and edited by Lisa McCullough, exhibitions, receptions, etc.
Two years ago, after discussing the concept with Arcosanti residents, I offered to collect testimonials from those alumni or residents willing to share how this experience contributed to their personal lives and professional training, shaped their ideas and characters.
The project was well received because being published contributes a form of recognition. Now is the time to complete this project and present it to Paolo in June in the form of a book. Feel free to forward it to fellow alumni or residents you believe might be interested in joining in. Should you be willing to participate in this initiative, please review the attached flyer. Time is of the essence, and all submissions must be received by April 30th. Thank you for your consideration.
Warm regards Michel F. Sarda Publisher Encl.
Michel also provided some helpful tips to guide potential submitters of content:
- What made you decide to come and stay at Arcosanti?
- How was the difference between what you expected and the reality of Arcosanti?
- How did hear of Paolo Soleri?
- Do you remember a special day, a special moment at Arcosanti?
- Did you keep letters you sent to family or friends? Would you share excerpts of them?
The book will be printed using a POD (print-on-demand) outfit, most likely Lulu.com. This makes it very easy to add contributions to further editions of the book later. But here we are talking of the 90th-Birthday Edition – don’t miss it!
Add a short (150 words max) biography to open your contribution. Please also include your best head shot (JPEG 300 dpi 2″x3″) – we want to recognize you
Please keep in mind that all texts (in Word format please) must be received by April 30 in order to be made into a book by June 21.
Book project VOICES of ARCOSANTI: 6″ x 9″ quality trade paperback w/ BW illustrations Concept Nonprofit, non-commercial publication offering a forum to Arcosanti residents and alumni interested in sharing the motivation and the impact of their encounter with Paolo Soleri and their Arcosanti experience.
Net proceeds to benefit the Cosanti Foundation: Contributors retain all rights on their text. Each contributor receives 2 complimentary copies of the book and can buy more at cost (under $10 per copy).
Format: Short essays (2 to 10 pages – up to 5,000 words or more), recollection of memorable moments, poems, journals, conversations, School of Thought, etc. — to be e-mailed, in plain Word format (no special formatting please). Each contributor is presented in a 250-word biographical sketch (photo optional but recommended).
Timeframe: The book is intended to be presented to Paolo for his 90th birthday in June, 2009. All materials to be submitted before April 30, 2009.
Distribution: Cosanti & Arcosanti gift shops and galleries. Special events Arcosanti website.
Send Submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org