Located in eastern Tucson at the foot of the Rincon Mountains, the non-profit ASA supports lifelong engagement with learning, creativity and public service for adults in (un-) retirement.
The 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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To our Members and Friends:
In keeping with community efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Arizona Senior Academy suspended all live lectures, concerts, and classes in mid-March. After a strong effort by a number of Academy members and the cooperation of our presenters, we have re-opened on a “virtual” basis with concerts presented on YouTube, and lectures delivered via Zoom Webinars and later on videos accessible from this website.
ASA CONCERT UPDATE:
We proudly present a new VIDEO CONCERTS page with descriptions and links to all ASA-sponsored video-concerts! These concerts have been recorded by local Tucson musicians from the safety of their sheltering-in-place locations in lieu of live performances while the ASA auditorium remains closed. All video concerts will remain available to view at your convenience unless otherwise indicated on the page.
“Homero Cerón & James Karrer Duo” – posted 2/11/2021
Percussionist Homero Cerón and double bassist James Karrer present an eclectic program for vibraphone and string bass, taking us on a journey across the worlds of classical music, jazz, musical theater, movie themes and more. Their concert is framed by opening and closing Inventions by Johann Sebastian Bach, with music of Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein and Astor Piazzolla interspersed with selections in a more popular vein. Cerón and Karrer are veterans of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra who have also performed as soloists with various ensembles. This video concert is made possible by the Arizona Senior Academy’s partnership with the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, and was recorded at SAACA’s CATALYST Arts & Maker Space.
Click link to view concert: https://youtu.be/Gn5EU6UNxrg
To access the complete set of ASA-sponsored video concerts, go to: https://www.asa-tucson.org/video-concert
ASA LECTURE UPDATE:
New Lectures from the Arizona Senior Academy
As in the past, our programs will be free and open to the public, but for the present through the internet, with previews posted on this website (Event Schedule). For any program you wish to access, please email email@example.com giving your name, email address, and the title and date of the program in which you are interested. A link to the lecture will be sent to you approximately 24 hours prior to the event. (Directions for using Zoom can be obtained by accessing the Zoom website and/or found on YouTube. A Zoom account is NOT required to watch Zoom Webinars.)
“Maintaining Your Home: The Value of Home Inspection”
2:30-3:30 pm, an ASA Zoom Webinar*
Long-time Tucson home inspector Marc Richter returns to ASA to reprise his popular talk on the value of professional home inspection for maintaining the safety and sustainability of your home. Read more. . .
“Wellness and Resilience
in the time of COVID”
an ASA Zoom Webinar*
UA Clinical Psychologist Andy Bernstein will present a framework for increasing health and wellness and lead discussion of what COVID has taught audience members about life, themselves and their community in the midst of a global pandemic. Read more . . .
The 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)
At the present time, due to the Covid Pandemic, there are no live lectures or music presentations. However, Video Concerts are being made during this time, and can be found here: VIDEO CONCERTS. In addition, Videos of the lecture webinars have been made and may be found here: WEBINAR VIDEOS.
Postal Address: 13715 E. Langtry Lane, Tucson, AZ 85747
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 that supports the Academy Villas, an assisted living residence..
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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