2017 WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON AT THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART WITH HUNDREDS OF EVENTS INTERNATIONALLY
FOURTH-ANNUAL EVENT TO FEATURE PANEL DISCUSSION ON INFORMATION ACTIVISM
New York City — The fourth-annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, an all-day event designed to generate coverage of feminism and the arts on Wikipedia and encourage female editorship, will take place on March 11, 2017 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, with hundreds of partner events around the world. Featuring tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, reference materials, childcare, and refreshments, the much-anticipated event will take place at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Education and Research Building, 4 West 54 Street, on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We’ve been deeply disturbed by the sheer amount of fake news on social media, and its possible influence on the U.S. election,” said Art+Feminism organizers Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, McKensie Mack, and Michael Mandiberg. “Wikipedia is something that belongs to all of us. It’s not a privately held resource, its content isn’t motivated by the whims of any owners. When you have a government actively pushing ‘alternative facts,’ improving the reliability and completeness of Wikipedia is an important act of everyday resistance.”
To address these issues, the Edit-a-thon will feature a series of programs throughout the day. The event will launch at 10 a.m. with an expansive conversation between writer Joanne McNeil and Data & Society Research Institute Fellow Zara Rahman, moderated by Kimberly Drew (aka @museummammy), social media manager for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and creator of the Tumblr “Black Contemporary Art.” The talk will explore how to increase public awareness of reliable sources and methods for sharing difficult to access information with a broad public. Afternoon breakout groups will engage in focused discussions about related issues including intersectionality and librarianship, power structures in notability guidelines on Wikipedia, and radical archives. As well, AfroCROWD and POWarts will have tables in the Cullman Building mezzanine with their own lists of articles needing improvement. Respectively, AfroCROWD seeks to increase the number of people of the African diaspora who participate in Wikimedia projects and POWarts champions the professional lives of women in the art world.
Hundreds of events will take place at institutions across the globe. Outreach efforts in Africa and Latin America have led to events in Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, as well as in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru and others. Additionally, a number of influential art institutions will hold an Art+Feminism event for the first time, including: Mairangi Arts Centre, Auckland; MOCA Detroit; Centre de la Photographie Genève; Arsenic, Centre d’Art scénique contemporain, Lausanne; Serpentine Galleries; Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; BASE Milano; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Maus Hábitos, Porto; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico; MAXXI, Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome; Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago; The Royal Armoury, Stockholm; and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. Entering into the fourth year of the Art+Feminism project, many groups have expanded their events to include related programming. Inspired by the work of José Esteban Munoz, the edit-a-thon at Archives Nationales, Paris organized by Lafayette Anticipations features a dynamic schedule of talks and performances by artists and scholars including Vaginal Davis, Wu Tsang and Elvan Zabunyan. The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver is situating their edit-a-thon in the context of a larger, ongoing project investigating activism, art, and archives emerging from social movements of the 1970s. Elevate Festival, Graz will include an edit-a-thon as a part of their program on political discourse and activism. And in New York, Kickstarter has partnered with The Creative Independent, NEW INC, Black Lunch Table, Pioneer Works, Rhizome and Flux Factory to host an edit-a-thon at their Greenpoint, Brooklyn headquarters.
An updating list of venues can be found on the Art+Feminism’s website: http://www.artandfeminism.org/find-an-event/
Founded in 2014 by Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, Michael Mandiberg and Laurel Ptak, Art+Feminism is a do-it-yourself campaign to improve coverage of feminism and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage female editorship. Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well-documented; in a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. This lack of female participation has led to significant gaps in content on world’s most popular online research tool. Since 2014, over 4,600 people at more than 280 events around the world have participated in Art+Feminism’s Edit-a-thons, resulting in the creation and improvement of more than 4,600 articles on Wikipedia. Following the success of the inaugural event in 2014, the organizers were named to Foreign Policy magazine’s list of 2014 Leading Global Thinkers.
Supported by a $100,000 grant from the Wikimedia Foundation for 2017, Art+Feminism has expanded its leadership to be more international and inclusive. McKensie Mack joins Art+Feminism as its inaugural Program Coordinator. McKensie is a management consultant, producer, and strategist specializing in community development, anti-oppression and operational efficiency. A dynamic group of curators, art historians and experienced Wikipedians act as project Ambassadors nationally and internationally, including Mohammed Sadat Abdulai, Accra; Stacey Allan, Los Angeles; Amber Berson, Montreal; Melissa Tamani, Lima; and Richard Knipel, for the Wikipedia community. Artist Addie Wagenknecht is expanding the project’s European footprint, and Daniela Capistrano and Brittany Oliver have been engaged to facilitate outreach to queer communities and communities of color nationally.
The 2017 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is organized by Art+Feminism, led by Siân Evans/Art Libraries Society of North America’s Women and Art Special Interest Group, Jacqueline Mabey/failed projects, McKensie Mack and Michael Mandiberg, in collaboration with AfroCROWD, Women in Red, POWarts (Professional Organization for Women in the Arts) and The Museum of Modern Art and with support from Wikimedia DC and Wikimedia NYC. Major support for the event at The Museum of Modern Art is provided by The Modern Women’s Fund. Major support for Art+Feminism is provided by the Wikimedia Foundation.
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