The 2019 Art+Feminism Campaign: Gender + The Non-Binary
2018 has been a long year, and yet, we’re looking forward to the future.
In 2014, we started a project that we didn’t realize would grow to reach thousands of people across the world. We started a project about women and the ways we talk about them and write about them on the internet. Our project lives on Wikipedia, one of the largest websites in the world and the largest general reference work to date. But our work doesn’t end there. This year, we’re expanding our project focus to include correcting and expanding the histories of gender non-binary artists and activists on Wikipedia. You can read more about this here.
So where do you come in?
We’re looking for individuals and institutions new to the project who are interested in volunteering to host events where they live and work. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have more questions? Read our FAQ below to get the answers.
Pledge by January 30th to join us!
But what if I’ve already organized before and want to organize again?
If you’re a returning organizer, no need to fill out this form. Just send us an email at email@example.com. If you’re new to organizing with us, fill out the form at the link below, and we’ll make sure you get all the information you need to get started.
What do organizers do?
Organizers plan events during the month of March. These events gather people together to learn how to edit on Wikipedia. New editors then use the skills they’ve learned to contribute to existing articles that are serious need of contribution. Organizers help us to track our growth. They use a tool called The Dashboard during events. This tool automatically tracks edits to articles by participants so we don’t have to. Don’t worry about using it. We’ll teach you how.
You do not have to be a cis or trans woman or non-binary person to participate. But you do have to believe that the stories of cis and trans women and non-binary people matter. You do have to be prepared to center their voices and narratives.
What if I’m not an editor but I want to host?
We hear that a lot. Editing on Wikipedia looks different for every person. Editors on Wikipedia do several things, like:
- create articles
- check facts
- upload relevant images for articles
- add citations to entries
- plan events that teach people how to edit (that sounds like you!)
- check articles for grammar
- edit articles so they are easier to read + consume
The point is we all bring different skills to the table and each skill is a valuable asset to editing and contributing.
Who teaches participants how to edit?
Organizers invite Wikipedians to attend their events and lead trainings on editing on the platform. But that’s not the only way that participants learn how to edit. Our community is filled with self-taught editors who used online resources to begin to edit on Wikipedia. Find quick guides for new editors, short instructional videos and slide decks to get you started contributing to Wikipedia on our resource page created just for you – here.
But wait: what’s a Wikipedian?
A Wikipedian is a person with a good amount of experience editing on Wikipedia. We work with Wikipedians who know Wikipedia well enough to teach others how to edit on the platform.
How long should events be and what is my time commitment?
Events can be as long as you like. We would suggest giving participants a minimum of four hours to attend workshops, panels (if you choose to host additional programming during your event), and reserved time for editing. Organizers also plan events that include panels, presentations, and other fun shit.
Okay, I’m interested! What happens next?
Click the button below to pledging to join our campaign as an organizer. Once you’ve registered, we’ll send you an email with the information you’ll need to begin organizing your event. Each month, until your event, we’ll send you additional tips and tricks you can use to host a successful edit-a-thon. Celebrate joining the campaign by using the hashtags #editingaf and #artandfeminism. Already know when and where you’re going to host your event? Add it to our website here so participants can find your event on our website.
Ready to move forward?
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never organized an event or edited Wikipedia before. We’ve got an organizer’s kit, training materials, funding for snacks, WiFi, and childcare, as well as advice and support each step of the way. #WeGotThis