2018 Edit-a-thon Results
22,000 PAGES CREATED OR IMPROVED BY OVER 4,000 PARTICIPANTS
AT MORE THAN 275 EVENTS
AROUND THE WORLD
MARK SUCCESS OF ART+FEMINISM’S
FIFTH ANNUAL WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON
ORGANIZERS ALSO DEBUT
NEW WIKIDATA PROJECT
New York City — Over 4,000 people at more than 275 events around the world participated in Art+Feminism’s fifth annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, which took place across the months of March and April. This global effort created or improved nearly 22,000 articles on Wikipedia, almost four times the output of the 2017 events. The goal of the Edit-a-thon series is to bolster coverage of feminism, gender, and the arts on Wikipedia — a response to the encyclopedia’s well-known content gaps.
Highlights of the 2018 Edit-a-thon include content added to and pages created for notable figures including Christina Battle, Alexandra Bell, Torkwase Dyson, Silvia Federici, Dara Friedman, Juliana Huxtable, Gertrude Jekyll, Chō Kōran, Griselda Pollock, Annie Pootoogook, Collier Schorr, Tschabalala Self, Roberta Smith, Nobuko Tsuchiura, and Sam Vernon.
“The impetus for Art+Feminism was absence,” said lead organizers Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, McKensie Mack, and Michael Mandiberg. “That first year, Art+Feminism participants rose to the challenge, creating pages for artists like Simone Leigh, Senga Nengudi, Lisa Oppenheim, Joan Semmel, Zarina, and so many more. Over the last four years, participants have steadily improved many of these pages, and we’ve seen articles that began as short paragraphs expanded into substantive texts.”
“As we have addressed many of these glaring omissions, we have seen our focus turn towards improving existing articles: for example, the first year we created 101 new articles, and improved roughly the same number, while this year we improved 7 times as many articles as we created. Our task is to take what we’ve made to the next level.” To that end, Art+Feminism’s Michael Mandiberg and Danara Sarıoğlu have developed Wikidata QuickSheets, a tool that helps us identify, track, sort and improve articles created and expanded at Art+Feminism events.
At The Museum of Modern Art, the Edit-a-thon kicked off with “Careful with Each Other, Dangerous Together,” a conversation between Salome Asega, artist and researcher; Sydette Harry, Editor, Mozilla Foundation, and Editor-at-Large, Coral Project; and Sarah Jaffe, Reporting Fellow, the Nation Institute, and author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, and moderated by design researcher and artist Caroline Sinders. The wide-ranging conversation covered the substantial work required to do community organizing, self-care, and challenged notions that solidarity requires us all to get along. The spirit of the conversation can best be summed up in a quote from Sydette Harry: “How we go through the world commits violence and hierarchy among people, but we still have to do the work. We still have to do articles, we still have to change, with the idea that we are going towards a system that will someday imagine something better.” During the afternoon, Shelly Eversley spoke about her experiences using Wikipedia in the classroom and Kerry Downey led two gallery sessions exploring feminist art on view at The Museum of Modern Art. Art+Feminism’s McKensie Mack led a training on combating implicit and explicit bias.
New York City played host to over 20 Art+Feminism-related events to celebrate the fifth year of Art+Feminism. Bard Graduate Center, Barnard College, Black Lunch Table x Triangle Art Association, Columbia University, The CUNY Graduate Center, Interference Archive, The Jewish Museum, Kickstarter, Knockdown Center, Museum of the City of New York, No Longer Empty, School of Visual Arts Library, and other institutions organized edit-a-thons. The celebration came to a close with “Past and Future Fictions” at MoMA PS1 on April 1st. Part of VW Sunday Sessions, the program focused on radical archiving—both the preservation of politically potent content and the assertion of archiving as a radical act. Black Lunch Table, Barnard Zine Library, Bluestockings, Radical Reference, NYC Trans Oral History Project, The GenderFail Archive Project, The ICP Library, and Pilot Press filled the VW Dome with their archives and collaborated on short discussions covering practical and theoretical elements of their work, and what is needed to preserve and document underrepresented histories.
Art+Feminism’s regional organizers continue to expand the project’s resonance and reach. This year we focused on Latin America, where Melissa Tamani has done concentrated outreach, doubling the number of events. These nearly 30 events stretched from Laboratorio Cultural del Norte, Chihuahua, Mexico, to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Santiago. We sustained last year’s focus on West Africa, where Mohammed Sadat Abdulai has facilitated events at a variety of cultural and educational institutions. Stacey Allan and Amber Berson continue our growth in California and Canada respectively, bringing on partners like SFMOMA and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Addie Wagenknecht continued to expand our reach with cultural institutions in Europe.
Edit-a-thons took place during the months of March and April at hundreds of institutions across the globe, including Anchorage Museum; Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson; Auckland Central Library; Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore; University of California, Berkeley; Liebig12, Berlin; Untitled Art Society, Calgary; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University College Cork; Memorial University, Corner Brook; The University of Western Australia, Crawley; University of North Texas, Denton; University of New Hampshire, Durham; National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin; Trinity College, University of Dublin; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Uffizi Gallery, Florence; Bibliothèque d’art et d’archéologie des Musées d’art et d’histoire, Genève; Tentmaker Ghana; Glasgow Print Studio; The Menil Collection, Houston; Goethe Zentrum Kampala; Siddhartha Cottage, Kathmandu; Modern Fuel and Queen’s University, Kingston; Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Lisbon; Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi MS2; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Caffi Alys, Machynlleth; Artexte and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Lenbachhaus München; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick; Yale University, New Haven; Smith College, Northampton; Norsk Komponistforening, Oslo; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Princeton University; Mount Allison University, Sackville; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Art Practical and For-Site Foundation, San Francisco; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Stanford University; Index, Stockholm; Fisher Library, University of Sydney; womany wonderland, Taipei City; Temple University, Japan Campus, Tokyo; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Blitz, Valletta; The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown; Afroleadership, Yaoundé; and online with Women in Red.
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 gender, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage women editors. Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well-documented; in a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as women. This lack of participation has led to significant gaps in content on world’s most popular online research tool. Since 2014, over 10,000 people at more than 800 events around the world have participated in Art+Feminism’s Edit-a-thons, resulting in the creation and improvement of more than 33,000 articles on Wikipedia.
The 2018 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is organized by Art+Feminism, led by Siân Evans; Jacqueline Mabey; McKensie Mack; and Michael Mandiberg, in collaboration with AfroCROWD; Black Lunch Table; Women in Red; the Professional Organization for Women in the Arts (POWarts); and The Museum of Modern Art. Art+Feminism receives support from Qubit New Music and Wikimedia New York City. The Art+Feminism leadership collective includes Mohammed Sadat Abdulai; Stacey Allan; Amber Berson; Sara Clugage; Richard Knipel; Stuart Prior; Melissa Tamani; and Addie Wagenknecht.
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Art+Feminism at The Museum of Modern Art is supported by The Modern Women’s Fund.
The Art+Feminism initiative is made possible by the Wikimedia Foundation.
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