2012 Conference Information – Philadelphia

Dear AMDA Members,

With excitement building for what promises to be an exhilarating and transformative springtime in Philadelphia for the arts, it will be especially meaningful—and my great pleasure—to share our city with all of you at the 2012 AMDA Conference on May 2 – May 4.

It’s our 40th Anniversary, and the bar has been set high with a distinguished roster of conferences dating back to 1972. While elements of our program are still in process, I hope the attached schedule will encourage many of you to leave the office and convene with colleagues for an informative, thought-provoking exchange mixed with great art and a lot of fun.

Rooms have been blocked at the Radisson Plaza–Warwick for Tuesday, May 1 – Friday, May 4 at $189.00 per night. The hotel is located at 220 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. You may make your reservations online at www.radisson.com/philadelphiapa or by calling the hotel at 215-735-6000. Be sure to reference the promotional code AMDA. You must reserve your room by Monday, April 2, 2012, to ensure the group rate.

While they are not yet scheduled, I am pleased to share that additional presentations will include:

  • “A New Generation of Philanthropists Investing in the Arts,” featuring trustee and donor perspectives.
  • “How to Make Your Civic Footprint Larger Than Your Product Footprint,” with David Devan, General Director, Opera Company of Philadelphia. (Be sure to check out the Opera’s Random Acts of Culture at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zmwRitYO3w, with more than 3.7 million views!)
  • “Issues of Professional Development and Development Recruitment,” with insights from leaders in the Executive Search field.
  • And much more!

Itinerary updates will be sent via the listserv in early March. In addition, you will receive a fully detailed outline of presentations and events, plus biographical information on all conference speakers. I thank our colleagues who are organizing sessions and sharing their success stories and lessons learned.

Membership dues for AMDA 2012 are also due now. Please use the Conference/Membership Registration Form. We are “old school,” requesting that all payments be sent via regular mail. You are welcome to email your registration form and indicate payment will be forthcoming. We greatly appreciate your membership—AMDA is now 100 members strong!

Let us know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you May 2.



Kelly Marie O’Brien
President AMDA and
Executive Director of Development
Philadelphia Museum of Art

P.S. Arthur Frommer is also encouraging you to come to Philly! See http://www.frommers.com/community/blogs/blog.cfm/arthur-frommer-online/philadelphia-brink-of-becoming-art-capital-of-usa#ixzzlljH0EDph