Photo: Daniel Quat, Santa Fe, NM

Dear Colleagues:
When I first moved to St. Louis two years ago, I was amazed at the breadth and depth of the cultural institutions in this region – from a world-class zoo and museums, to fabulous and varied historic houses, to a world-heritage site and spectacular botanical gardens, to lesser known sites (did you know we are home to the National Horseshoe Pitching Hall of Fame?) – St. Louis offers something for every interest.

But even more impressive to me was the generous, kind and warm spirit of the people who live here. St. Louis residents are proud of their town, their neighborhoods and their sports teams. They love sending guests up the Arch, showing off Forest Park, and eating and drinking their way through the history of our city while listening to great live music.

And we are so pleased to share all of that with you. If this will be your first time here or you live in a neighboring state, come explore St. Louis with us. The conference program will give you ideas and inspiration for your work, and the evenings in our city will help you understand why we love to call St. Louis home.

We are already hard at work planning for next year’s conference; more than 80 individuals representing 40 institutions are working together to ensure you see the best of St. Louis.

We look forward to seeing you in May 2017!
Fran Levine
Chair, St. Louis Host Committee
President, Missouri History Museum

The Alliance welcomes Donald M. Suggs, publisher and executive editor of the St. Louis American Newspaper, Missouri’s largest black newspaper, as general chair of our 2017 Annual Meeting & Museum Expo.  In that role, he will offer advice and counsel on the local planning process and promotion of the annual meeting.

A native of East Chicago, Indiana, Suggs attended public schools there, graduated with B.S. and D.D.S. Degrees from Indiana University, and then completed his post-graduate work at Washington University Dental School and Homer G. Phillips Hospital.  He served as chief of oral surgery at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and was the first African-American to serve as an associate clinical professor at St. Louis University Dental School.

Active in the civil rights movement in the 1960’s and 70’s, Suggs served as chairman of the Poor People’s March-On-Washington in 1968.  Later, he became founder and chairman of the African Continuum, organized to bring serious non-commercial African-American artistic endeavors to St. Louis.  He was a long-time president of the Alexander-Suggs Gallery of African Art based in St. Louis and New York City (1970-1989).  He is a founding member of the Center for African Art, (now the Museum of African Art in New York City) and is a former member of the board of directors of the Studio Museum in New York as well.  Suggs currently serves on the St. Louis Art Museum Board of Commissioners and its Collections Committee, along with dozens of other nonprofit boards in the St. Louis area.

View Donald M. Suggs Complete Bio


2017 St. Louis, MO Local Host Committee
AAM is grateful to the following people and organizations for their dedication and hard work as committee members in planning local activities and services to support the annual meeting:


View complete list of committee members

Local Host Committee Leadership
Fran Levine
St. Louis, MO Host Committee Chair
President, Missouri History Museum

Marilu Knode
Events, Co-Chair
Executive Director, Laumeier Sculpture Park

Elizabeth Pickard
Events, Co-Chair
Director of Interpretive Programs, Missouri History Museum

Andy Hahn
Hospitality, Chair
Executive Director, Campbell House Museum

Alex Elmestad
Public Engagement, Chair
Manager of Public Programs & Interpretation, Contemporary Art Museum

Katie Hasler Peissig
Public Relations, Chair
Manager of Communications, Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Vicki Kaffenberger
Volunteers, Chair
Director of Volunteers & Interns, Missouri History Museum

Donna McGinnis
Development, Co-Chair
Senior Vice President, Community & Development, Missouri Botanical Garden

Carl Hamm
Development, Co-Chair
Deputy Director for Development & External Affairs, St. Louis Art Museum

Beth Fitzgerald
Development, Co-Chair
President, The Magic House

Local Host Committee Participating Institutions
American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
Alliance of Black Art Galleries
Archives & Museum of Optometry
Campbell House Museum
Central Print
Concordia Historical
Contemporary Art Museum
Dynamic Arts, LLC
Events by Panorama
Explore St. Louis
Griot Museum of Black History
Holocaust Museum
Inside the Economy Museum (Federal Reserve Bank)
International Photography Hall of Fame
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Laumeier Sculpture Park
Magic House
Mercantile Library at UMSL
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
Missouri Botanical Garden
Missouri History Museum
Missouri State Parks
Museum of Contemporary Religious Art
Museum of Transportation
National Blues Museum
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Regional Arts Commission
Sheldon Art Galleries
Soldiers Memorial Military Museum
Saint Louis Art Museum
St. Louis Chess Club
St. Louis Science Center
St. Louis Zoo
Via Partnership
Washington University
World Chess Hall of Fame