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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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 2020. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.)
Monday, June 21 – CANCELED – Rescheduled to Wednesday, August 4th.
“Recent activity in Arizona State Senate”
an ASA Zoom Webinar
Here’s our chance to ask questions of our District 10 State Senator, Kirsten Engel, who will bring us up to date on this year’s Arizona State Senate Session. Read More . . .
“BYOB or How to Build Your Own Basin for Rainwater Harvesting”
Joaquin Murrieta Saldivar
an ASA Zoom Webinar
Cultural Ecologist for the Watershed Management Group, based here in Tucson, will show us how easy and beneficial it is to “Build Your Own Basin” for rainwater runoff. Read More . . .
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.
The string players of the Tucson Repertory Orchestra (TRO) perform “Summer” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with different soloists for each movement: I-Emily Chao, II-Laura Tagawa, III-Jose Leonardi Moore, and also the 4-movement “Serenade for Strings” by Tchaikovsky. This ASA-sponsored live concert was recorded at SAACA’s Catalyst Arts & Maker Space at Tucson Mall on June 5, 2021. Directed by Toru Tagawa, the TRO has presented string performances with mask-wearing and distancing during the pandemic and is looking forward to returning to live performances with their full ensemble!
Click link to watch video: https://youtu.be/cH6bxWDDhlQ
To access the complete set of ASA-sponsored video concerts, go to: https://www.asa-tucson.org/video-concert
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 some of the 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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