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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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.

New FEATURED VIDEO CONCERT you won’t want to miss!  “Canyon Currents”

Award-winning seasoned singer-songwriters/instrumentalists, with Lex Browning (guitar, violin), Peter McLaughlin (guitar), and Brian Davies (upright bass), performing original and cover Americana, folk and bluegrass-based songs and instrumentals. The trio’s name comes from themes of Southwest history, rivers and canyons, and stories of Americana, and their performance reaches out to your heart in these times of Covid-19 sequesterin

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To access all available concerts, click VIDEO CONCERTS.


New Lectures from the Arizona Senior Academy

To our Members and Friends:

In keeping with community efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Arizona Senior Academy suspended all lectures, concerts, and classes in mid-March.After a strong effort by a number of Academy members and the cooperation of our speakers, we are ready to re-open on a “virtual” basis with lectures delivered via Zoom Webinars.

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 (Coming Events).For any program you wish to access, please email 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.)

Thank you for you for your continued support during this time of uncertainty.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Michael Brescia

Wednesday, June 3  and Thursday, June 4, 2020

“Toward an Understanding of W0rld History and Globalization,

Part III: Cross-cultural Transitions and the Leap to Enlightenment”

Dr. Michael Brescia, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona,

2:30-3:30 pm, a live Zoom webinar*

In the third lecture of his series on understanding World History, Michael Brescia explores political, economic, and religious change in Asia, Africa, and Russia, but then pivots back to western Europe and examines the origins of the Enlightenment, ranging from 1368-1805. Dr. Brescia previously lectured at ASA on the history of Mexico.  Read more . . .


Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 11

“Toward an Understanding of World History and Globalization,

Part IV: Industrialization and its Impact on the Twentieth-century

Dr. Michael Brescia, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona,

2:30-3:30 pm, a live Zoom webinar*

In the last of his four lectures on the history of globalization, Michael Brescia assesses the structural transformations that took place across the globe when science and technology merged.  Two world wars and the origins of the Cold War in the twentieth century demonstrate the tragic consequences of developing and unleashing technology to advance political ideology. Read more . . .

*Directions to connect to the Webinar may be obtained from


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!


Making presentations at the Arizona Senior Academy is always a joy and a challenge, because I have to work a little harder to stay one step ahead of the very sharp audience. … And the lovely desert location helps keep us all stimulated. –James Reel, Classical Music Director, Arizona Public Media

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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