smartwayThe non-profit ASA 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 adult community in the Rincon Valley of eastern Tucson. Founded by a former UA president, our affiliation with the University of Arizona downtown helps the ASA provide a rich year-round menu of public concerts and lectures. Each week we enjoy a range of talented artists, experts and scholars, including faculty guests sharing encores and previews of headline events. This has made ASA an audience magnet for much of eastern Tucson and beyond.

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Reserve your seats early for the ASA Theatre’s production of “Love’s Not Time’s Fool: Shakespeare’s Sonnets” March 5,6,7, & 8!  Read more . . .

Note Bene Trio

Tuesday, February 18

“Nota Bene Trio”

Elena Galbraith (soprano), Sandy Schwoebel (flute), Maria Sierra (piano)

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., The Arizona Senior Academy Building

Soprano Elena Galbraith, flutist Sandy Schwoebel and pianist Marie Sierra invite you to travel musically from France to Germany to South America and back home to the United States. Their program includes French and German Romantic songs, Spanish tangos, and songs written especially for “Nota Bene”—Latin for “Note Well”–by Tucson’s own Jay Vosk. Read more . . .

Abigail Hagler

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

“Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking” (Great Decisions)

Abigail Hagler

2:30-4:00 p.m., The Arizona Senior Academy Building

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking will be the fourth in the 2020 ASA series of Discussions based on materials prepared by the non-partisan Foreign Policy Association (FPA). Designed to develop awareness of the current pan-global crisis of slavery in all its forms, today’s presentation will elucidate some of the ambiguity of the terms used to discuss slavery and its many manifestations: slavery, slave-like conditions, trafficking/smuggling, abuse, sexual slavery, exploitation, child soldiering, and others. Read more . . . 

Jerry Freund

Thursday, February 20, 2020

“Gift of the Holy Ones: Early Navajo Blankets and Pictorial Weaving”

Jerry Freund

2:30-4:00 p.m., The Arizona Senior Academy Building

 Jerry Freund, an expert in Navajo weaving, will explore Southwest weaving of the Navajo people.  He will display early examples of Navajo blankets, with a focus on pictorial weaving.  By the end of the presentation, you will be able to identify fakes and copies of Navajo weaving from the real ones. Read more . . .

Mary Welsh-Keesey

Friday, February 21, 2020

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“Spring Wildflowers in the Rincon Valley”

Mary Welsh-Keesey

3:30-4:30 p.m., The Arizona Senior Academy Building

 Academy Village resident and professional horticulturist Mary Welch-Keesey will present an illustrated primer on spring-flowering plants native to the Rincon Valley, focusing on plants that may be coming up around the homes and in the open spaces of our community right now. Sponsored by the Open Space and Trails Committee of Academy Village. Read more . . .



ASA FacilityThe non-profit Arizona Senior Academy (ASA) is the cultural hub of the Academy Village/Altura retirement community for active adults in eastern Tucson and we have a public service mission to enhance lifelong learning and creativity. Located at the foot of the beautiful Rincon range in eastern Tucson, we are on the southern side of Saguaro National Park East, not far from Vail, AZ. (See map)

To attend an event: Public concerts and lectures at the ASA are free of charge. But if you wish to assure seating, you should arrive somewhat early.

 Postal Address: 13715 E. Langtry Lane, Tucson, AZ 85747


The ASA is supported solely by membership dues from Villager residents and tax deductible donations from fans, families and friends. All contributions welcome with thanks!


Designed to bring together individuals with intellectual curiosity in a stimulating environment, [Academy Village] is a successful model for creative retirement that is being used by several other American universities. Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, January 2013

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 non-profit Arizona Senior Academy was conceived by former UA president Henry Koffler before any homes were built in our community. Then and now, the ASA mission has been to support extended learning, creative engagement, mentoring and public service over the entire span of retirement.

The lectures and concerts each week are open to the public and cover a wide range of content from science and technology to health, humanities and creative arts. This diversity also complements the aims of those who are not yet fully retired but wish to explore new interests or prepare for “encore” careers.

Our village is an over-55 community and all residents become full dues-paying 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. For example, the ASA support organization, Academy Services Corporation, runs the Academy Health Care Program on a subscription basis for resident members.

Many supporters from east Tucson and nearby Vail who attend our public events also make contributions to the ASA as “Friends” and “Fans” of the Academy. 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.

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Lively Arts & Music

Weekly concerts feature classical, pop, jazz, folk and world music of many kinds — plus ample opportunity to interact with artists who are pleased to engage...
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Lifelong Learning

Expert speakers on topics from current events to ancient history, and everything in between plus frequent updates from UA scientists making headlines.
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Public Service

ASA members are encouraged to stay active and use their experience and energy to help the community at large.
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About ASA

Our members have different backgrounds, but share a commitment to making retirement a time of cultural enrichment and intellectual stimulation.
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