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Monday, May 2 • 3:55pm - 4:55pm
Museum Workers Speak: One Year Later

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On April 28, 2015, a diverse collaborative of activist museum workers called Museum Workers Speak (MWS) organized a “rogue session” adjacent to the AAM conference, in which over 75 museum professionals interrogated the relationship between museums’ stated commitments to social justice and their internal labor practices. This workshop transformed a moment to a movement, inciting a year of conversations and action. MWS amplifies the voices of everyday museum workers, elucidating shared experiences that are often silenced. This presentation draws from insights crowd-sourced from the MWS community, sharing strategies for how museum workers can co-create the equitable sector we envision.


Elissa Frankle

Elissa Frankle is a museum educator with broad experience across many areas of museum and historical society work in cultural and history-focused institutions. Her special focuses include digital learning, community engagement, expanding audiences, museums as catalysts for social... Read More →

Alyssa Greenberg

Alyssa Greenberg is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History at UIC and a recipient of the University Fellowship and the Dean's Scholar Award. Her research interests include museum pedagogy and the museum as a site of activism. From 2011-2014, she worked as an education... Read More →

Margaret Middleton

Margaret Middleton is a Boston-based designer and developer of playful learning experiences. A museum geek and queer activist, Margaret is interested in the intersection of design and social justice. Margaret writes and speaks about the importance of family inclusion in museums.

Grace Torres

Grace Torres, as the Manager of School Programs at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), trains and manages a team of ten Teaching Artists and creates content for the Heckscher Digital Education portal on PAMM’s website. In addition to pursuing a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies... Read More →

Monday May 2, 2016 3:55pm - 4:55pm EDT
Gilder Lehrman Hall 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016