The non-profit Arizona Senior Academy exists to support lifelong engagement with extended learning, creativity and public service for adults in or near retirement. We are located in the Academy Village/Altura active 55+ adult community in the Rincon Valley of eastern Tucson. Founded by a former UA president, our affiliation with the University of Arizona helps the ASA provide a rich year-round menu of public concerts,  lectures, and activities. Each week we enjoy a range of talented artists, experts, scholars, and musicians as well as classes and activities for members, all of which provide active engagement in learning.


To our Members and Friends:

ASA live lectures and concerts are open to ASA members and the public.

A number of past webinars are available as Video Lectures: Click here.

Recorded Concerts by our presenters are also available via our Video Concerts. Click here

Current Presentations


Chris Childers

Wednesday, Lecture, March 22, 5:30pm-6:30pm, ASA Koffler Great Room”U of A Innovations in Healthy Aging: A Balancing Act: Staying Upright as We Age” Be prepared to get up and moving in this highly interactive presentation that looks at how the human body is designed to stay in an upright position. Explore the physiology and strategies the body uses and learn the 6 different balance domains. Try fun new ways to promote being active.  Read More…





Diana Netherton

Monday, Lecture, Monday 27, 7:00pm-8:00pm, ASA Koffler Great Room “A Dive into Sustainability Opportunities for the Village, Part 2: Restoring Abundance in our Desert Landscapes: A Gardener’s Dream” What does it mean to be a good steward of the land? This presentation will explore strategies to help restore natural health to your landscape though examples of one steward’s approach on her .25-acre plot of land in the Academy Village.  Read More..





FRIDAY CONCERT MARCH 24th, 11:30am-12:30pm, ASA Koffler Great Room

Guest faculty artists from the University of Delaware, cellist Lawrence Stomberg and pianist Mark Livshits, present music for cello and piano by Frederic Delius, Clara Schumann, William Grant Still and Frederic Chopin.







. The Arizona Senior Academy and the AV Home Owners Association held a one day event with art produced by Academy villagers. Here is a slideshow that focuses on this art: click photo or here


   POETRY: This Chapbook presents the poetry written during a class led by the well-known poet,  Nancy Fitzgerald. The poems were were recently presented to an audience in the ASA
Great Room. For view of the Chapbook, click photo or here


PLAYS: “The Sunshine Boys”, a play by Neil Simon that premiered in 1972, was recently presented by the the Village Theater Group in the Arizona Senior Academy Great Room. This play-reading version involved a number of Academy Village residents, and was directed  by resident Mary Mitchell. Photograph by Deon Holt. Click photo or here for video




About Us
Samples of past events: Classical cello and piano by Sanda Schuldmann and Harry Clark; concert from Vail Chorale led by Academy member, Fritz Reinagel; lectures on topics in science and art; ASA concert by steel drum band from Empire High; concert by Ronstadt Generations; pre-season Downton Abbey preview at ASA via PBS and KUAT

The ASA mission supports extended learning, creative engagement, mentoring and public service over the entire span of retirement. It is located within Academy Village, a 55-plus retirement community in Southeast Tucson, Arizona.

All residents of Academy Village become full dues-paying Senior Academy members at age 60, providing support for the ASA. In addition to the concerts and lectures each week, the resident members have a number of amenities available to them.

The ASA support organization, Academy Services Corporation, runs the Academy Villas, an assisted living residence.

Live lectures and musical programs are available to ASA members and the public;  and videos of lectures and recorded concerts on videos are available on this website.

From time to time, our members and friends also make direct donations to sponsor the appearance of an artist or expert of special interest.

This mosaic depicts a sampler of past events, including a concert by the Vail Chorale founded and led by an Academy member, plus an early preview of the the final season of Downton Abbey which was co-hosted by ASA and our local PBS station KUAT.