Museum Workers Relief Fund
A Museum Workers Speak Initiative
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.
Museum Workers Relief Fund Updates
We're also kicking off a new round of fundraising! Since we retired the original GoFundMe campaign in December, we are now hosting our fundraising efforts through our fiscal host, Open Collective. With this new structure we are able to accept both one-time gifts of any amount as well as recurring contributions for those who are able to commit to a monthly giving plan.
DECEMBER 12, 2020 by Paula Santos, Organizer
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.
We are currently fundraising $100,000 and will distribute $500 each to 200 applicants (UPDATE: WE DID IT!). Applications for funding will open once we hit our initial fundraising milestone of $10,000. We hope that funding will be available in multiple rounds (UPDATE: IT IS!). To donate to our Open Collective page, click here.
If you are an organization, you can donate through our fiscal host. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Who should apply to receive funds?
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, including but not limited to the following:
Front-line staff, janitorial, visitor services, security, retail, or cafe workers
Part-time, temporary, and contract staff; freelancers
Those living paycheck-to-paycheck
Those who do not have generational wealth to lean on
Interns (paid and unpaid)
Those working fewer hours
Caregivers of dependents
We are fundraising for these people primarily, and we trust museum workers to self-select in applying. Recipients will be chosen by lottery.
How can recipients use the funds?
Funds are for recouping financial loss, buying food, paying rent, or whatever the recipient deems necessary to stay afloat during this unprecedented time.
What is the application process?
Our 2020 application form has been retired. If you are applying for the first time, OR if you applied in 2020 and would still like to be considered, please fill out our 2021 Application Form. Please note that previous fund recipients are not eligible to reapply at this time.