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Museum Workers Speak

We are activist museum workers interrogating the relationship between museums’ stated commitments to social value and their internal labor practices.


Museum Workers Speak is all of us

Our contributors 88

Thank you for supporting Museum Workers Speak.

Paula Santos


$5,550 USD

Shaelyn Amaio


$50 USD

Thinkwell Gro...

Solidarity with Museum Workers

$3,000 USD

Rockman et al...

Solidarity with Museum Workers

$2,500 USD

Catherine Sau...

Solidarity with Museum Workers

$2,033 USD

Dina Bailey

Support One Museum Worker

$1,105 USD

Molly S Magnell

Solidarity with Museum Workers

$955 USD


Transparent and open finances.

Contribution #160763
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Today’s balance

$12,181.13 USD

Total raised

$26,820.69 USD

Total disbursed

$14,639.56 USD

Estimated annual budget

$442.32 USD


Let’s get the ball rolling!

News from Museum Workers Speak

Updates on our activities and progress.

Museum Workers Speak needs your guidance!

Hello! Long time, no speak. These are tough times, and although we have been quiet, we’ve been thinking of you and hope all is well with you and yours. We have an update for you all, and an ask to participate in a survey to help us determin...
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Published on May 17, 2024 by Hannah D. Heller

Museum Workers Speak Relief Fund

Let us be frank: museum workers were already in crisis before the effects of COVID-19 hit. So many have been scrambling to get by, living paycheck-to-paycheck, piecing together multiple part-time jobs, taking out loans a...
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Published on May 10, 2020 by Paula Santos


It has become clear to us that when our institutions will not stand in solidarity with us, we must stand in solidarity with one another.

The Museum Workers Relief Fund operates by the principles of mutual aid: organized by and for museum workers, founded on equity, trust, solidarity, and empowerment of our members, without conditions. We will gather the voices of museum workers offering and asking for aid and, together, we will advocate for a transformation of museum culture that will center dignity, justice, and humanity.

Who is eligible for aid? Any museum worker in the U.S. who has been laid off, furloughed, or otherwise severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are intended for museum workers in the most precarious financial situations, even pre-crisis

Who should donate?

Museum workers who are still employed, people who love museums, museum board members, museum donors, and anyone looking to support people who bring arts and culture to you daily. We recognize that even for those museum workers who have not been adversely affected by pay cuts and job losses, many are still on tight budgets. Small acts of solidarity add up to a movement! If 5,000 people donated $12 (or 1% of one stimulus check) right now, we would easily meet our initial goal and then some. If you have more than $12 to give, we gratefully welcome your support.
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