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


Rebecca Senf
Credit: Sean Deckert


Monday Lecture, January 30, 3:30pm-4:30pm, ASA Koffler Great Room “The Art of the Photograph, Part 2: Aesthetic Factors in Making a Photography” Curator Becky Senf of the UA Center for Creative Photography returns to ASA to present two lectures on basic aspects of the art of photography.  Read More . . .




Michael Nolan


Wednesday Lecture, February 1, 2:30pm-3;30pm, ASA Koffler Great Room, “OSIRIS-REx News and the upcoming OSIRIS-APEX Mission” As the University of Arizona-led OSIRIS-REx spacecraft returns to Earth with its sample of asteroid Bennu, The UArizona/LPL team is planning its next adventure. Read More…


FRIDAY CONCERT JANUARY 27th, 11:30am – 12:30pm, ASA Koffler Great Room

“Grams & Krieger” are the award-winning blues/roots duo of bassist Steve Grams and guitarist/slide guitarist Danny Krieger. With a combined professional musical experience of over 100 years, these singer-songwriters return to the ASA to rock the house.




FRIDAY CONCERT FEBRUARY 3rd, 11:30am – 12:30pm, ASA Koffler Great Room

Multiple TAMMIE winner (Tucson Area Music Awards) as Best Guitarist and Best Traditional Jazz Artist, guitarist Matt Mitchell brings his newly-formed Matt Mitchell Trio with Thoger Lund (bass) and Fred Hayes (drums) to play a cool set of straight-up jazz.





. 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.