AMDA 2016 | Reminder, RSVP Form

Hello all,

As a friendly reminder, please fill out our AMDA RSVP Form by tomorrow, Wednesday, June 8. This will help us tremendously in planning the final logistics for our conference.
Please take note that in the Event RSVP section, we are asking you to check the events which you are NOT able to attend – if you believe you marked your response in error, please contact Michelle Mountain ( and Henry Woodward ( Also do so if you have any questions at all or have trouble accessing the link.
See you all in LA on June 20th!

AMDA 2016 | RSVP Form

Hello all,

With only two and a half weeks until the 2016 AMDA Conference, we have been working hard to plan many exciting events all around Los Angeles and its arts scene. In order to ensure that we can tailor each event to best accommodate the group, please fill out a brief RSVP form below. It will help us tremendously with planning transportation and in sizing each meal and outing appropriately.
Please fill out our AMDA RSVP Form by Wednesday, June 8. Please contact Michelle Mountain ( and Henry Woodward ( if you have any questions at all or have trouble accessing the link.
Have a great weekend, and I look forward to seeing you all in LA on June 20th!

AMDA 2016 | Tentative Conference Schedule

April 21, 2016
Hello Friends and Members,
We are just two months out from AMDA Los Angeles – thank you all so much for your patience as we continue our work to provide an engaging program for everyone, both in and outside the conference room. I’m excited to announce that we are finally ready to share a tentative schedule, which of course is subject to change a bit between now and June, but should remain essentially the same.
As I have mentioned before, I want to focus this year’s conference on a thorough back-to-basics slate of session topics, and as such we will inaugurate AMDA Los Angeles with a presentation on philanthropy trends for 2016 and beyond, and close with a tour of LA’s newest contemporary art museum, the Broad. I think these will be fitting bookends as we look ahead to the future of arts philanthropy and get our bearings on the present. In between, we will address many topics that you have expressed an interest in and see a lot of art. Please see attached for a tentative conference schedule. I hope that each of you will be able to join us to experience and learn from all that we have planned.
Further, we have been getting a number of questions about membership expiration dates—going forward, it is safe to assume that your annual membership will expire the day before the next year’s conference. Thus, everyone who has already joined and renewed for 2016’s conference, your membership will expire the day before 2017’s conference. I hope this new policy is clear and makes sense to each of you.
Please continue to check and contact Michelle Mountain at, 323 932 5878, for all registration and membership inquiries. I look forward to seeing you all in June!
Best regards,

AMDA 2016 | Registration is Now Open

January 22, 2016

Dear AMDA Friends and Members,

Happy New Year!  I hope you are all having a fruitful start to 2016. I am delighted to inform you that we have revamped the AMDA Conference website and Registration for 2016 is now open.  Please visit: to download and submit your form to reserve your space.

We have been deep in planning, and while we will be ready to present all AMDAactivities and sessions soon, we would like for now to make a recommendation on your flight arrangements. Please plan on joining us by 4 PM on Monday, June 20th for a welcome session and departing after 3 PM on Thursday, June 23 after a visit to Downtown LA.  Here is an initial schedule of notable events for you to look forward to:

Monday:   Dinner at the Hammer with a viewing of the Hammer Biennial

Tuesday:   Visit to the Skirball Cultural Center followed by dinner the Getty Center

Wednesday:   Private collection visits at various homes in LA followed by a dinner at LACMA

Thursday:   Visits to MOCA and the Broad, the newest addition to our art scene

As for our session topics, we have taken feedback on past conferences into consideration in order to provide the most valuable and insightful program possible this year. Through multiple brainstorms with former AMDA Presidents and a committee of Los Angeles Development heads, we have selected the following session topics:

  • Artist as Philanthropist Panel
  • Best Practices for Board Engagement
  • Breakout Sessions by Museum Category
  • Building a Major Giving Team
  • Case Study: Opening the Whitney Museum
  • Best Practices for Data Mining
  • Developing and Retaining Staff
  • Directors Panel
  • Giving USA Presentation: Update on the State of Philanthropy Today

We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles in June! Of course, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michelle Mountain at or 323.932.5878.

Best regards,


AMDA 2016 Welcome and Save the Date

November 24, 2015

Dear AMDA Friends and Members,

I am excited to announce The Los Angeles County Museum of Art as host for the next AMDA Conference, which will take place from June 20-23, 2016. We are in the process of planning a number of dynamic panels and discussions which will center primarily on getting back to the basics of art museum development, so we look forward to welcoming you to Los Angeles. A vital part of the conference will be showcasing the incredible art available in the city, not least of which includes a welcome evening at the Hammer Museum to view the their Biennial, tours of the Getty and the Skirball, and an excursion to Downtown LA on the morning of Thursday, June 23rd to tour MOCA and the newest addition to our cultural landscape, the Broad Museum. Save the dates on your calendar and we will be sending further updates as we finalize events.

Additionally, I am thrilled to let you know that the conference will be held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Please see the web link below where you can book your room. If you would like to extend this trip into a vacation, The Beverly Hilton has offered this special rate of $269 for the 3 nights before and after the conference.  You can also upgrade to a suite for $299. All rooms based on availability.

The Beverly Hilton link:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michelle Mountain at or 323.932.5878. We look forward to welcoming you all to Los Angeles next year.



Best regards,

Melissa Bomes