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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Michael Brescia

Thursday, Mar. 21, 2:30-4:30 pm

“Buen Provecho!: A Multicultural History of Mexico through Food and Taste”

Dr. Michael Brescia

Michael Brescia examines how the fusion of Old and New World foods and diet transformed Mexico in the wake of the Spanish conquest and the establishment of Spanish colonialism in the sixteenth century.

He will provide a food history of Mexico and discuss the cultural significance of a “mestizaje of taste,” or the blending of foodways and nutritional regimes that changed global palates. In a richly illustrated lecture, he will show how different cuisines and dishes reflect the broad sweep of the Mexican historical experience.

Clockwise from top left: Danny Brito, Manny Brito, J.C. Burgos, Amilcar Guevara

Tuesday, March 26, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

 “Latin Jazz – the Guanachicano Project”

Leaving the audience asking for more at their Arizona Senior Academy debut last year, the Guanachicano Project returns to treat us to a unique blend of Jazz, Latin Jazz, South and CentralAmerican Pop, and Mexican folk styles. The Project is the brainchild of drummer Danny Brito who joins forces with guitarist Manny Brito, pianist Amilcar Guevara and singer J.C. Burgos.


Former Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe

Wednesday, March 27, 2:30 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.

“Trade in the Time of Trump”

Congressman Jim Kolbe

Following up the Great Decisions sessions on current foreign affairs underway through Winter/Spring 2019, the Arizona Senior Academy will host former Congressman Jim Kolbe on March 27, 2019. Kolbe, who represented southeastern Arizona in the United States Congress from 1985 to 2007, will speak about trade policy and the current political environment concerning international trade. Kolbe has specialized in trade policy and international relations throughout his political career. Kolbe will address current U.S. trade policy and its role in overall international relations, including the Trans-Pacific trade partnership, NAFTA, and other bilateral trade agreements in force or proposed.



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!


The first time I performed at the Arizona Senior Academy I offered two options to the audience for an encore: Chopin or Schoenberg. Who could imagine an audience whose resounding answer would be ‘SCHOENBERG!’ Clearly, this response demonstrates unusually open, perceptive ears!

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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