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:

Wonderful News! As of April 1,  ASA live lectures and concerts will be open to ASA members and the public.

In addition, our lectures and concerts are freely available to the public and ASA members through the internet. Lectures may be seen through ZOOM–Link to All Webinars here and password: 85747.  In addition, most of the webinars will be available 10 days after each presentation as Video Lectures: Click here.
Recorded Concerts by our presenters are also available via our Video Concerts. Click here


Currently Scheduled Lectures


Monday Lecture, May 16 @ 2:30pm ASA Great Room & Zoom “Early Women in Science”

Following up her fascinating ASA talk on “mutualism” between species earlier this spring, UA Regents Professor Judith Bronstein will discuss the history of American women’s participation in science in the 19th and very early 20th century, probing the evidence provided in their publications in The American Naturalist. Read More…



Wednesday Lecture, May 18 Cancelled   “Extreme Heat in Southern Arizona Cities” In this lecture in our ongoing series on dealing with heat in Arizona, Melissa Guardaro shares her work on neighborhood heat solutions that improve thermal comfort and public health outcomes in the Phoenix area through the development of “resilience hubs” and “hyper-local” climate plans.  Read More . . .





FRIDAY MAY  20th 11:30am – 12:30pm, ASA Great Room

Tucson’s “folk legend,” singer-songwriter, guitarist and banjo player Don Armstrong, returns to the ASA with “Liz & Pete” – singer Liz Cerepanya and singer-songwriter and guitarist Peter Dalton Ronstadt. The three musicians trade solos and complement each other with exquisite harmonies, singing traditional folk songs and original tunes.



Digital Presentations

. 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 live zoom webinars, videos of lectures, and recorded concerts on videos are available to the general public.

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.