Art+Feminism is an intersectional feminist non-profit organization that directly addresses the information gap about gender, feminism, and the arts on the internet. Our work is centered on building an equitable global community striving to close the gaps in content and editorial representation on Wikipedia, ensuring that the histories of our lives and work are accessible and accurate.
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; more recent research puts that number at 16% globally and 23% in the United States. Further, data analysis tools and computational linguistics studies have concluded that Wikipedia has fewer and less extensive articles on women; those same tools have shown gender biases in biographical articles.
This is a problem.
When cis and trans women, non-binary people, people of color, and Indigenous communities are not represented in the writing and editing on the tenth-most-visited site in the world, information about people like us gets skewed and misrepresented. The stories get mistold. We lose out on real history. That’s why we’re here: to change it.
From coffee shops and community centers to the largest museums and universities in the world, Art+Feminism leads a do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others campaign that teaches people of all gender identities and expressions to edit Wikipedia. Informed by critical pedagogy and intersectional feminist organizing principles, Art+Feminism mobilizes, trains and supports a growing global community that collectively creates and updates articles on Wikipedia, adds images to Wikimedia Commons, expands WikiData entries, and more.
Since 2014, over 18,000 people at more than 1,260 events around the world have participated in our edit-a-thons, resulting in the creation and improvement of more than 84,000 articles on Wikipedia and sister projects. To date, Art+Feminism supported events at institutions like African Women Development Fund, Accra; Spelman College, Atlanta; Mairangi Arts Centre, Auckland; Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity; Kunstmuseum Basel; National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; MAMCO, Geneva; The Menil Collection, Houston; M+, West Kowloon Cultural District and Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Kathmandu Living Labs; Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz; Tate, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Moscow Museum of Modern Art; Yale University, New Haven; Interference Archive, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Archives Nationales, Paris; Rome MAXXI; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago; University of St. Andrews; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Blitz, Valletta; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; and Afroleadership, Yaoundé.
Participants created pages for artists like Unity Bainbridge; Tina Charlie; Otelia Cromwell; Zackary Drucker; Akwaeke Emezi; Aurora Reyes Flores; LaToya Ruby Frazier; Che Gossett; Camille Henrot; Heresies Collective; Juliana Huxtable; Liz Magic Laser; Park McArthur; Divya Mehra; Anne Pasternak; and Tuesday Smillie.
All Art+Feminism in-person Edit-a-thons have been canceled, postponed or moved to virtual events until further notice. We’re trying to collectively adapt as we all learn together. We welcome any questions, concerns, or comments. Please email us at email@example.com or message us on Slack.
People learn to edit, update, and add articles to Wikipedia at our edit-a-thons. Anyone and everyone interested in learning more about editing Wikipedia, regardless of experience, gender, or background, is welcome to attend. These events are held year-round at museums, coffee shops, colleges, community centers, and elsewhere, though the majority of Art+Feminism edit-a-thons take place in March.
As of March 12, the Wikimedia Foundation sent out a notification that all WMF funded projects (which includes Art+Feminism) must be canceled, postponed or moved to virtual events effective immediately.
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Art+Feminism has tools for teaching with Wikipedia that can be easily adapted for remote learning and remixed to any subject matter. These tools are made for the virtual space, creating a rich opportunity for students to contribute directly to the act of knowledge sharing and information advocacy while honing research and writing skills. Learn how to to incorporate Wikipedia into your lesson plan with our Remote Learning Guide.
Safety on Wikimedia Projects
We take safety very seriously in the events we promote, which is why we have a Safe/Brave Space Policy that we demand to be honored by all those who organize an editathon under the flag of Art+Feminism. We have initiated a line of work to develop strategies and tools that help our community deal with and prevent online harassment that may occur as a result of their involvement with Art+Feminism projects. This initiative is a response to the experiences of harassment lived by members of our leadership collective, as well as to the reports that we have received from members of our community over the course of our organization’s history. We know from experience that Wikimedia’s online community is far from being a safe space for everyone, which is why we decided to create a group specifically charged with developing tools to prevent and document incidents of harassment or misbehavior, in order to guide users through the tools already in place via the Wikimedia Foundation. This work has been done in consultation with the Trust and Safety team, as well as the Legal team at the Wikimedia Foundation.
To report incidents of harassment or for any questions please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The security toolkit can be found here. The toolkit contains information on the following topics:
Board of Directors
2020 Advisory Committee
Regional Ambassadors: United States of America
Regional Ambassadors: International
Wiki Regional Ambassador
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