OVER 1500 PARTICIPANTS AT 75 EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD MARK SUCCESS OF ART+FEMINISM’S 2015 WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON

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New York City — Over 1500 participants at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at more than 75 satellite events around the world participated in Art+Feminism’s second annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, resulting in the creation of nearly 400 new pages and significant improvements to 500 articles on Wikipedia. Organized around International Women’s Day, the Edit-a-thon was designed to generate coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia and encourage female editorship — a response to the well-known gender gap on Wikipedia. In addition to the New York hub at The Museum of Modern Art, where 200 people gathered, events were held across the U.S. and in 17 countries around the globe at venues 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; and Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.

Highlights of the 2015 Edit-a-thon include new Wikipedia pages for Elise Forrest Harleston, Amy Maria Sacker, Janet Payne Bowles, Lisl Steiner, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Kali, Betty G. Miller, Camille Henrot, Sarah McEneaney, Kyle DeWoody, Jennie C. Jones, and the Heresies Collective and improved articles for Cecily Brown, Elaine de Kooning, Evelyn De Morgan, Carol Shaw, Coco Fusco, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Valerie Hegarty, Yael Bartana, and Augusta Savage. Detailed results for many of the global events are being catalogued on Wikipedia on an ongoing basis (http://bit.ly/2015Outcomes).

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 impacts the gender gap through crucial improvements to art and feminism related subjects on Wikipedia. In 2014, the Art+Feminism organizers were named to Foreign Policy magazine’s list of Leading Global Thinkers.

The 2015 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon was 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, and with support from Tekserve and Wikimedia NYC.

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