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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.


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Solidarity with Museum Workers

Small acts of solidarity add up to a movement. Contribute what you can to the Museum Workers Relief Fund.

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Recurring Contribution

Monthly gifts to ensure the sustainability and impact of the Museum Workers Speak Relief Fund

Starts at$5 USD / month

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Support One Museum Worker

Your contribution supports one museum worker. Every relief fund cycle we aim to fulfill as many applicant requests as the fund can support.

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Top financial contributors


Paula Santos

$5,550 USD since May 2020

Thinkwell Group Inc

$3,000 USD since Feb 2021

Catherine Saunders

$2,033 USD since Dec 2020

Dina Bailey

$1,105 USD since Feb 2021

Molly S Magnell

$954.84 USD since Mar 2021

Leigh Dale

$650 USD since Apr 2021

Janice Klein

$600 USD since Apr 2021

Erika Robertson

$500 USD since Sep 2020

Kelsey Livingston

$500 USD since Mar 2021


$500 USD since Mar 2021


Museum Workers Speak is all of us

Our contributors 92

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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.

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Today’s balance

$12,269.55 USD

Total raised

$26,408.72 USD

Total disbursed

$14,139.17 USD

Estimated annual budget

$755.29 USD


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News from Museum Workers Speak

Updates on our activities and progress.

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.