Preliminary 2018 AMDA conference schedule

Dear AMDA members,

Our plans for the Denver conference are taking shape and we are pleased to share a preliminary program of relevant and engaging sessions for you, based on the interests you expressed in your surveys last year (see attached).  Additionally, you will get a taste of the art-landscape of Denver through visits of important private collections and museums.

The schedule attached will remain – we only anticipate small tweaks.  However, we are still finalizing a keynote speaker on Wednesday May 15th and hope to announce it to you shortly. Thank you for your patience!

In the meantime, if you have not yet renewed your 2018 AMDA membership, please remember that your 2017 membership will expire on May 13th.

Please continue to check the AMDA website for additional details on this website, and contact Jeremy Haas at or 720-913-0039 if you have any questions.

I want to acknowledge and thank the generous sponsors of this year’s conference as well as our partner organization Culture Business. View newsletter here.

Many of you have already reserved the hotel but rest assured, if you haven’t done so yet, there are still rooms available.

I look forward to seeing you in May!

Arpie Chucovich
Chief Development Officer

AMDA 2018 Registration is Now Open

Dear AMDA Members,

Hello from sunny Denver! We are very excited to let you know that registration for 2018 Membership and Conference is now open. Please visit this website to enroll or renew your membership and to reserve your space at the conference.

We have are planning an exciting  conference for you with robust conversations, essential museum tours, and gracious collection and home visits. Check in will begin on Monday, May 14th at 2pm. Please plan to join us by 4pm on the 14th and depart after 4pm on Thursday, May 17th when the conference wraps up. Here is a brief overview of events to look forward to:

Monday 5/14: Welcome Reception at the Born Hotel with artists from the Born art collection followed by a dinner hosted at the home of a Denver Art Museum Patron.

Tuesday 5/15: Visit of the Clyfford Still Museum and home and collection of Denver Art Museum Trustee in the Polo Grounds neighborhood.

Wednesday 5/16: Visit of the Kirkland Museum followed by a dinner at the Denver Art Museum with viewing of two exhibitions: Degas: A Passion For Perfection and Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer

Thursday 5/17: Conference ends mid-afternoon with a final MAJOR collection tour – hope you can stay for this final Colorado experience!


As in previous years, we are working to craft a program that is relevant to you and reflects upon the most important and topical issues 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

Capital Campaign Strategies

Building and Developing Boards

Development Committee – different approaches for different organizations

Planned Giving & the Impact of Tax Law Changes

Diversifying the Board

The Profession of Development

Major Donor Panel: Individual, Corporation, Foundation, Government

The Demographics of Giving

American Philanthropy vs. Other Cultures

Navigating Cultural Changes in the USA

Data Analytics for Fundraisers

Breakout Roundtable discussion


Many of you have already reserved the hotel but rest assured, if you haven’t done so yet, there are still rooms available.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or Jeremy Haas at (720) 913-0039 or .

We are so excited to see you in Denver in May!

Warmest regards,

Arpie Chucovich
Chief Development Officer

Save the Date and Hotel Reservation Portal

Dear AMDA Members:

The next AMDA Conference will take place from May 14-17, 2018 in Denver.

The conference will be held at the new Born, a Kimpton hotel, near the new Union Station in lower downtown Denver. The hotel features a comprehensive art collection by local artists, and is located walking distance from restaurants and shops for your enjoyment.

We encourage you to book your hotel room as soon as possible. Much of the planning is in the works and will be communicated in the next month. To assist you with deciding on your arrival and departure dates, please refer to this outline:

  • The conference will begin Monday 5/14 with a Welcome Reception followed by a Dinner.
  • Dinner at the DAM Wednesday 5/16
  • On Thursday 5/17 the conference will end mid-afternoon with final session and collection tour.

Please visit our “Accommodations” page for information about how to make your reservation at the Kimpton Born Hotel.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by either email at or phone at (720) 913-0039. Conference registration information will be sent shortly.

Warmest regards,

Jeremy Haas, Development Assistant at the Denver Art Museum