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.
It is with deep sadness that we report the death of the founder of Academy Village, our dear neighbor and friend, Henry Koffler, on March 10, 2018, at at age 95. Henry was a former president of the University of Arizona and also founder of the non-profit ASA devoted to lifelong learning. The University of Arizona is honoring Dr. Koffler’s life and work on November 19, 20018. Click here for information on the event.
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 Altura/Academy Village 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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The non-profit Arizona Senior Academy (ASA) is the cultural hub of the Altura/Academy Village 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 may make reservations by sending an email to ASA Operations Manager Kathie Van Brunt (email@example.com).
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.
Our lectures and concerts each week 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 members of the Academy at age 60. 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.
Resident members of the Academy have early access to preferred seating at special events. They may also apply for CAT cards which provide library privileges at the University of Arizona. From time to time, our members and friends also make directed donations to sponsor an appearance by 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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