The AMA | Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS) holds one of the world’s leading collections of modern and contemporary art from the Western Hemisphere.  It is OAS’s principal cultural diplomacy tool for promoting “more rights for more people."   The following are AMA’s mission, vision and values statements:

AMA | Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States, exhibits, collects, studies and conserves modern and contemporary art of the Americas, in order to promote cultural exchange to advance the OAS four pillars of democracy, human rights, multidimensional security, and integral development.   

AMA envisions communities that embrace creative expression, dialog, and learning, where the arts of the Americas can address social and political issues, furthering an ongoing narrative with AMA’s permanent collection. 

AMA strives for excellence, mutual respect, integrity, passion, empathy, determination, and diversity. 


AMA | Art Museum of the Americas is the oldest museum of modern and contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art in the United States. It is part of the Organization of American States (OAS), an international public organization whose aim is to promote democracy, peace, justice, and solidarity among its 35 member countries.

AMA’s origins date back to the Visual Arts Unit of the Pan-American Union (now the OAS), and in the mid-20th century grew as an early catalyst of the parameters of modern art in Latin America and the Caribbean. Today the collection has more than two thousand works complementing and documenting this regional focus.

Much of the importance of this art collection is in its specialization on works that proved instrumental in the launching, particularly in the United States, of the careers of many who are now regarded as masters of mid-century Latin American and Caribbean art. The collection represents artistic trends that have developed in Latin America, including new figuration, geometric and lyrical abstraction, conceptual art, optical, and kinetic art.

AMA continues to organize exhibitions and programs with emerging and established artists, providing a space for cultural expression, creativity, and dialogue while highlighting issues central to the OAS (democracy, equitable development, human rights, justice, and innovation) through the arts. This mission is strengthened through cutting-edge programming emphasizing high caliber art that simultaneously furthers dialogue on current relevant social and political matters.


Artwork Donation Inquiries

AMA’s advisory committee reviews all donations proposals prior to any accessioning to AMA’s permanent collection. All artwork donation proposals should reflect AMA’s mission statement and make reference to the requirements for such donations. Click here for a complete list of artwork donation guidelines in both English and Spanish.