".....paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination."
(John Schaar, political theorist)
The Cassandra Project
In the early 90's one of Ms. Koltai's long-time students, Monique Léger , presented her with Cassandra, A Novel and Four Essays by Christa Wolf. The summer of 1994 Ms. Koltai was teaching at the Banff School of Fine Arts and had conversations with the composer Murray Schafer about joining Mr. Schafer's Wolf Project . In addition to the artistic aspirations of the project, Ms. Koltai was impressed and deeply moved by the principles of co-existence and co-operative creative living that were the guiding underpinnings of a creative enterprise.
Inspired by the conversations with Mr. Schafer and also Ms. Léger, who happened to be visiting in Banff at the same time, the seeds of a project based on the Myth of Cassandra were planted. It took nearly 10 years and many more conversations, readings and research inquiries before, in 2003, The Cassandra Project was born.
The Spirit and Heart of The Cassandra Project
The spirit and heart of the project will be that of creative collaboration; discipline and rigour appropriately mixed with friendly and cheerful co-existence; tolerance, respect and benevolence toward each person based not on personal preference but on the commonly shared principles, intentions and necessities guiding our work; trust and confidence in each other grounded in the direct experience of dependability and meticulous and timely fulfillment of agreed-upon responsibilities; shared ethical and aesthetic leadership without hierarchy of positions; unwavering commitment to ensuring each person’s physical, social and psychological confidentiality and safety.