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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Hot Club of Tucson

Tuesday, May 28, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Hot Club of Tucson

The Hot Club of Tucson, made up of Nick Coventry (violin), Matt Mitchell (guitar) and Evan Dain (upright bass), play the swinging styles of traditional gypsy jazz, French jazz, American Tin Pan Alley, and original tunes that will get your toes tapping and fingers snapping.  Gypsy jazz, also known as “hot jazz,” originated in Paris in the 1930s and 1940s with Roma guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli and their quintette, “du Hot Club de France.”  Inspired by American jazz brought to Europe by Louis Armstrong, the Parisian musicians developed their own style of swinging jazz.

Andrew Coan

Wednesday, May 29, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

A Book Talk by Andrew Coan, U.of A.

You don’t have to live in the White House to find the history of federal prosecutors in our judicial system fascinating and instructive.  Most of us have found the Robert Mueller investigation of compelling interest, but little has been written on the subject beyond law journals. That has changed.

In the first book on the subject for the general public, Andrew Coan, a professor of law at the University of Arizona specializing in constitutional law, has produced it. His book,  Prosecuting the President: Holding the President Accountable and Protecting the Rule of Law, traces the history of federal prosecutors from the 1870s, when President Ulysses Grant fired the first one.  Since then, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, and Donald Trump have endured the presence and power of a special prosecutor.

Professor Coan will be bringing copies of his book for purchase and signing.

Allen Dart

Thursday, May 30, 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Allen Dart, Archaeologist with the Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, Tucson

If you love pottery and especially if you have some examples of your own, Allen Dart’s presentation is your opportunity to learn about their origins. He will talk about what kinds of pottery the ancient indigenous peoples made and why pottery is important to our understanding of their cultures.

Turkey pottery

Dart’s lecture will be illustrated with digital images of Native American ceramic styles that characterized specific eras in Arizona prehistory and history. He will show how pottery is used to interpret ancient lifeways, how things people make change in style over time, and how different styles are useful for identifying different cultures and for dating pottery.





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!


Playing at the Academy offers the performer the unique experience of an audience that is simultaneously appreciative and stimulating. The questions that follow can lead to unusual and thought-provoking turns of conversation, both during the performance hour and at the congenial luncheon that so often follows. What a great place to play!

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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