Located in the Academy Village (un)- retirement community, at the foot of the Rincon Mountains, the non-profit ASA supports lifelong engagement with learning, creativity and public service.
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
Monday, Lecture, Monday 27, 7:00pm-8:00pm, ASA Koffler Great Room “A Dive into Sustainability Opportunities for the Village, Part 2: Restoring Abundance in our Desert Landscapes: A Gardener’s Dream” What does it mean to be a good steward of the land? This presentation will explore strategies to help restore natural health to your landscape though examples of one steward’s approach on her .25-acre plot of land in the Academy Village. Read More..
Wednesday, Lecture, March 29, 2:30pm-4:30pm, ASA Koffler Great Room “Beethoven in Russia: Music and Politics”A passion for Beethoven’s music and expertise in Russian history combine in this intriguing look at how culture and politics intertwine. Beethoven in Russia: Music and Politics shows how Beethoven’s music served as a call to action for citizens and weaponized state propaganda in the great political struggles that shaped modern Russian history. Read More…
WEDNESDAY EVENING CONCERT MARCH 29th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, ASA Koffler Great Room
Mainstays of the Tucson music scene and the annual Tucson Folk Festival, violinist Heather Hardy and guitarist Alvin Blaine entertain the ASA as a duo with an evening show of original songs and jazzy blues.
FRIDAY CONCERT MARCH 31st, 11:30am – 12:30pm, ASA Koffler Great Room
One of the 2023 Tucson Folk Festival’s visiting headliners from Sacramento, California, singer-songwriter-guitarist Justin Farren is a storyteller whose songs are uniquely personal but endlessly inventive, and are filled with entertaining twists and turns.
ART. 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
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.