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 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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(L to R) Jack Wood, Sheryl Ann McKinley, Sly Slipetsky

Tuesday, April 23, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm,

“American Songbook with Sly Man and Sheryl Ann Trio”

Sheryl Ann McKinley, Sly Slipetsky, Jack Wood

Jazz, blues, the American Songbook and pop tunes are on tap when Sly Man and Sheryl Ann return to the Arizona Senior Academy along with bassist Jack Wood. They will treat us to songs from their new CD, Sheryl Ann Starlight Invitation, which was just released last week.


Katalin Gothard

Wednesday, April 24, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

“The Mind-Body Dialogue”

Katalin Gothard, UA Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience in the College of Medicine

In the third of this year’s UA College of Sciences series of public lectures, Professor Katalin Gothard will bring to the Arizona Senior Academy her talk on how health and disease can be better understood via the exchange of biological signals between the brain and body, and how an understanding of that mind-body connection can be the foundation of better personal and social relations.

Jack Holt

Thursday, April 25, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

“The Slow, the Fast, and the Buried: Probing Glaciers on Earth and Mars”

Dr. John W. “Jack” Holt, University of Arizona

Since NASA’s Viking Orbiters reached Mars in the 1970s, scientists have worked to understand why a waterless and low-atmosphere planet would have substantial rocky debris around the base of mountains and other tall features. The mystery was finally solved when the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter established that these deposits were actually glaciers disguised by a thin layer of rock and dust.

These glaciers have analogs here on Earth in the form of hidden glaciers. As on Earth, glaciers on Mars could also hold the key to past climate and organic history.  Dr. Holt will explore how geophysical studies on both Earth and Mars will help unlock the inner workings and history of these enigmatic geographical features.




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 may make reservations by sending an email to ASA Operations Manager Tremia Cox (

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!


Performing at the Arizona Senior Academy, in their gorgeous location on the eastern side of Saguaro National Park East, is a high point of the year for both my students and myself.  The audience and administration are very welcoming to UA students and faculty, and the subsequent question-and-answer period is always informative.

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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