AMDA RSVP and Membership Renewal Reminder

Hi All,

We are less than two weeks out from the Conference and there is a definite buzz in the air. As a quick reminder for those attending, please be sure to fill out the AMDA RSVP FORM this week so we can get a good head count for events (helpful for catering needs). 

The room block at the W has been filled so if you’re unable to book a room, a list of other nearby hotels (with similar pricing to the conference rate) is available on the website at

In case anyone would like to make dinner reservations for Tuesday evening after the New Museum reception, please see a list of recommended restaurants at

For those unable to attend this year’s conference, please be sure to renew your annual AMDA membership this month to remain active on the listserve. The renewal form is attached for your convenience. Thank you to those who have already renewed!

Please continue to contact Ashley at or 212-671-5315 for any inquiries about registration, membership, or the RSVP form.

I look forward to seeing many of you soon.



2017 Conference Updates and RSVP Form

Hello All,

With a month to go until the 2017 AMDA Conference, we are very close to finalizing all session speakers and panelists. Please see the updated conference schedule for reference. Speaker bios will continue to be added to  over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!

We have several engaging and fun events around New York City during the conference and in an effort to plan for transportation and catering, please fill out the brief AMDA RSVP FORM which you received via email. Please be sure to complete the RSVP form by Wednesday, June 7.

There are still several hotel rooms available in our conference block at the W, but they’re going fast. (We increased the number of rooms due to high demand and the updated rate is now $329/night.) If you are unable to book a room at the W, a list of other nearby hotels is available on the website (within 2-10 minute walk and at comparable prices).

For those of you who cannot attend this year’s conference, we’ll miss seeing you! If you haven’t done so, please be sure to renew your annual AMDA membership by June 18 to remain active on the listserve.

Please contact Ashley at or 212-671-5315 for any inquiries about registration, membership, or the RSVP form as we get closer to June. We’re almost there and I look forward to seeing you soon.



AMDA 2017 Tentative Conference Schedule

Dear All,

We are just two months out from AMDA NYC – thank you so much for your patience as we’ve worked to provide a lively and engaging program for everyone, both inside and outside the conference room. I’m happy to share here a tentative conference schedule, which is subject to change a bit between now and June, but should remain essentially the same. I think the sessions planned have a little something for everybody and we looked to focus on topics that you have expressed interest in hearing about. I hope that each of you will be able to join us to experience and learn from all that we have planned.

As Melissa announced last year and to make things easy, your annual AMDA membership will expire the day before the next year’s conference. Thus, everyone who has already joined and renewed for 2017’s conference, your membership will expire the day before 2018’s conference.

Please continue to check and contact Ashley at, 212-671-5315, for all registration and membership inquiries. I look forward to seeing you all in June!



AMDA 2017 Registration is Now Open

Dear AMDA Members,

I am delighted to inform you that registration for 2017 Membership and Conference is now open. Please visit: to download the form to enroll or renew your membership* and reserve your space at the conference.

We have been busy planning and are excited about the developing lineup of sessions and events. We will be ready to unveil the full lineup of AMDA activities soon, but in the meantime, please plan to join us by 4PM on Monday, June 19th and depart after 1PM on Thursday, June 22nd when the conference wraps up. Here is a sneak preview of some of the events to look forward to:

Monday: Exhibition viewing and dinner at the Guggenheim Museum

Tuesday: Private collection visits to the home of two Whitney Trustees followed by cocktails and exhibition viewing at the New Museum

Wednesday: Exhibition viewing, cocktails and dinner at the Whitney

As in previous years, we aim have to have a program that delves into and reflects upon the most important and topical issues and conversations of the moment. With appreciated input from several former AMDA Presidents and other advisors, here is a look at some of the sessions we are working on:

• Museum Emerging Trends
• Potential Changes to the Sector
• How to Partner Effectively with Curators
• Hearing Directly from Donors
• New Directions in Foundation Giving
• Digital Promotion and Engagement
• Career Transitions and the Unique Role of the Development Director
• Corporate Partnerships – what’s new and what’s working
• Directors Conversation with Adam Weinberg and friends
• How to Sucessfully Renovate and Re-engage Your Space
• Breakout Roundtable Discussions by Museum Focus and Budget-size

We look forward to seeing you in New York City in June.

Best regards,

* In following our new membership policy that Melissa Bomes rolled out last year, if you joined or renewed for the 2016 conference, your membership will expire the day before 2017’s conference (June 18). If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Ashley Thimm at or 212-671-5315.

AMDA 2017 Welcome and Save the Date

Dear AMDA Friends and Members,

I am very pleased to announce the Whitney Museum of American Art as host for the next AMDA Conference, which will take place from June 19-22, 2017 in New York City. We are busy planning an array of presentations, discussions and panels along with special art experiences to include both private collections and New York’s fantastic art museums. Please save the dates on your calendar and we will be sending further updates as we finalize the schedule.

In taking your 2016 survey responses for boutique-style accommodations into consideration, the conference will be held at the W New York in Midtown. We are doing our best to keep costs as affordable as possible – a challenge in this city! They are offering us a reduced rate of $279/night. These rooms are single capacity but of course you have the option to upgrade if you prefer and we have several suites on hold. All rooms based on availability and the booking link is below.

The W New York link:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ashley Thimm at or 212.671.5315. Registration will begin in January so please stay tuned for additional details and updates. We look forward to welcoming you in New York City next summer.

Best regards,