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, October 3, 2:30pm-3:30pm, ASA Koffler Great Room “Election Administration – Securing Democracy” Pima County’s Elections Director since April 2022, Constance Hargrove, will explain the process of election administration, from enforcing local, state, and federal election laws to securing polling places and hiring, training, and supervising the individuals who work the polls on Election Day. Read More . . .
Wednesday Lecture, October 5, 2:30pm-3:30pm, ASA Koffler Great Room “Ballot Propositions for Pima County Residents” Helping us understand the Arizona Ballot Initiative process and the specific proposals we’ll be asked to vote on in November will be Cindy Soffrin, a member of the non-partisan League of Women Voters. Read More . . .
The University of Arizona’s elite student ensemble, The Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet, will play selections for woodwind quintet by Paul Taffanel, Eugene Bozza, Robert Muczynski and more. The current crop of talented graduate students include Cassandra Gunn (flute), Cristian Barazal (clarinet), Gabriella Beltran (oboe), Matthew Dutczak (bassoon) and Caitlynn Sandberg (French horn).
The Old Pueblo Bluegrass Band comes to the ASA, featuring the trio of Reid Griffin (guitar), Bob Frankot (fiddle), and Steve Reed (upright bass). They play and sing bluegrass tunes and oldies set in bluegrass style.
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.
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.