ART+FEMINISM ANNOUNCES SECOND ANNUAL WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON

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New York Event Set to Take Place at the Museum of Modern Art with Over 55 Satellite Events Around the World

New York City — Art+Feminism is pleased to announce its second annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, an all-day event  designed to generate coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia and encourage female editorship. The event will take place at The Museum of Modern Art on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m and include tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing Wikipedia support, reference materials, childcare, and refreshments. Satellite edit-a-thons will be held over International Women’s Day weekend (March 6-8) in over 55 venues across the U.S. and around the world, including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Sonntags Club, Berlin; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Dowse Art Museum, New Zealand; Fondation Galeries Lafayette, Paris; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; and online in a Google Hangout.

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 an alarming dearth of content about women and art in the world’s most popular online research tool. Art+Feminism’s Edit-a-thon will make an impact on the gender gap through crucial improvements to art and feminism related subjects on Wikipedia.

In February 2014, 600 participants convened in 31 locations across six countries for Art+Feminism’s first Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. Over the course of the day, over 100 new articles were created, and at least 90 improved–including articles about female artists, feminist artistic movements, and feminist scholarship. Following the success of the event, the organizers were named to Foreign Policy magazine’s 2014 list of Leading Global Thinkers.

The headquarters for Art+Feminism’s Second Annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Education and Research Building at The Museum of Modern Art, 4 West 54 Street. The event will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 2015 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, Dorothy Howard, Jacqueline Mabey/failed projects, and Michael Mandiberg, in collaboration with the Professional Organization for Women in the Arts (POWarts) and The Museum of Modern Art.

Over 55 satellite edit-a-thons will take place across 11 countries over International Women’s Day weekend, March 6-8, 2015. Confirmed hosts include: Main Library, University of Georgia, Athens; Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives, The Banff Centre; School of Information, University of Texas at Austin; Sonntags Club, Berlin; Indiana University Bloomington; Morton R Godine Library at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston; Brooklyn Museum; F/LAT, Brussels; John M. Flaxman Library, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve, Cleveland; Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen; Hannah Maclure Centre, University of Abertay, Dundee; Mercury Studio, Durham, NC; Central Washington University, Ellensburg; NYU Florence; Fresno Art Museum; NSCAD University Library, Halifax; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The University of California, Irvine; University of Kentucky, Lexington; Los Angeles County Museum of Art in collaboration with East of Borneo and Women’s Center for Creative Work; The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Canadian Women’s Art History Initiative, Concordia University and Eastern Bloc, Montreal; Monongalia Art Center, Morgantown, WV; Vera Ermolaeva Foundation, Moscow; Stedelijk Museum and the Bonnefanten Museum, The Netherlands; Newcomb College Institute, New Orleans; State University of New York at New Paltz; Babycastles Gallery, New York City; University of Notre Dame; California College of the Arts, Oakland; Fondation Galeries Lafayette, Paris; Artspace, Peterborough, ON; Albert M. Greenfield Library at University of the Arts, Philadelphia; 76<100, Pittsburgh; California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Crumpacker Family Library, Portland Art Museum; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; State University of New York at Purchase; The University of California, San Diego; Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco; The University of California, Santa Barbara; Pennsylvania State University, State College; Sweet Briar College; Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives at Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver; The Hepworth, Wakefield; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Wardman Library, Whittier College; The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA; Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, Winnipeg; College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA; and online in a Google Hangout with Addie Wagenknecht, with more in development.

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