Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.
We invite people of all gender identities and expressions, particularly transgender, cisgender, and gender nonconforming women, to address this absence by organizing in-person, communal updating of Wikipedia’s entries on art and feminism. All our materials have Creative Commons licensing, so we encourage you to reference and remix our workflows and training materials to suit the needs of your community.
Siân Evans is an art librarian, who is the organizer of the Women and Art Special Interest Group of the Art Libraries Society of America. As Senior Implementation Manager for Shared Shelf at Artstor, she has extensive experience in outreach, training and advocacy of library-related software. She is actively involved in the library community, publishing on issues around open access, collaborative cataloging, and alternative access to special collections.
Jacqueline Mabey’s work is shaped both by ten years of post-secondary education in art history and cultural studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, McGill University, and The University of British Columbia, respectively, as well as her multifarious professional experience in commercial galleries and curatorial, public programs, archives, and editorial departments. Her practice is rooted in praxis; she endeavors to create exhibitions, situations, and words that draw out the complexities and complicities of digital materiality. Since May 2013, Mabey has worked independently under the honorific, failed projects. She lives with a small dog next to a large park in Brooklyn.
Michael Mandiberg is an interdisciplinary artist, scholar, and educator. His work explores systems of exchange, ranging from financial markets to the sharing based peer-production of Free Culture; from copies of copies of images, to the disintegration of identities and the displacement of bodies. He directs the New York Arts Practicum, is an Associate Professor at the College of Staten Island/CUNY and is on the Doctoral Faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center. He lives and works in Brooklyn; his work lives at Mandiberg.com; he is Theredproject on Wikipedia.
Laurel Ptak is Director and Curator at Triangle Arts Association in New York City and part-time faculty at The New School. Ptak works across curatorial, artistic and pedagogical boundaries with attention to the social, political contours of art, technology & everyday life. The book, Undoing Property, which she co-edited with artist Marysia Lewandowska was published by Sternberg Press in 2013. Her recent work has been recognized with a nomination for the 2012 Independent Vision Curatorial Award from iCi. Ptak attended the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.
2016 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Organizing Team
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, 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 Wikimedia NYC.
2016 Art+Feminism Diversity Subcommittee
Alice Backer is a social media professional, lawyer and free culture curator. In 2015, she launched Afrocrowd, a multilingual initiative to increase Afrodescendant participation in crowdsourcing initiatives such as Wikipedia. She was Francophonia Editor at Global Voices Online (2005-2006) covering French-speaking blogs of Africa and the Caribbean and a founder of Global Voices Lingua (2006-2007). She has been aggregating and disseminating Haitian online expression since 2005 at her websites www.kiskeacity.com (2005-present) and www.haitianbloggers.com (2010-present) and through social media. On the weekly podcast Legacy of 1804 she interviews notable guests on Haitian current affairs (2013-present). Alice holds a B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Sheetal Prajapati is an educator, artist, and cultural producer living in Brooklyn. She is Assistant Director, Learning and Artists Initiatives at The Museum of Modern Art and co-organizer for Open Engagement, an annual conference on art and social practice. Her work as an educator looks at the intersections between pedagogical and artistic practice for public engagement and social change. As an artist, Sheetal’s current work addresses notions of intimacy and exchange, exploring the conditions that allow us to make connections to each other and the world around us. She received her BA from Northwestern University and her MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Marin Watts is a queer trans Filipino multimedia artist, filmmaker, and educator. Culturally rooted in the American South, he has a long history of working collaboratively with art, youth, and social justice communities. His goal is to work towards increased visibility for LGBTQGNC communities in the media and creative arts through education, collaboration, and art making. Watts founded Media Masters Alliance (mediama.org) a media project providing media education and mentorship opportunities for LGBTQGNC and allied youth, and is currently working on several film and fine art projects.
2016 Regional Ambassadors
Stacey Allan (user:StaceyEOB) editor and co-founder of East of Borneo, an online magazine of contemporary art and its history as considered from Los Angeles. Since July 2013, Allan has been organizing Unforgetting L.A., a series of meetups to build a more accurate and diverse online history of art in Southern California.
Amber Berson (user: 13ab37)is interested in the idea of utopia and issues of labour, diversity and equality within artist-run centres. She is working on a Ph.D. on that subject in Art History at Queens University. She is on the editorial committee of .dpi, a feminist journal of digital art and culture and sits on the Board of Directors at SKOL. Most recently she organized the Montreal edition of the Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon and curated TrailMix (2014) and *~._.:*JENNIFER X JENNIFER*:.~(2013) at Eastern Bloc; The Annual Art Administrator’s Relay Race (2013); and The Wild Bush Residency (2012-ongoing), in Val-David, Quebec and Amden, Switzerland.
Richard Knipel (user:Pharos) is a Wikipedia administrator and President of Wikimedia New York City, an official chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. Currently, Wikipedian in residence at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum through February 2016, he was Program Chair of WikiCon USA in 2014 and in 2011 was the Wikipedian-in-Residence at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. His user name, Pharos, refers to the Pharos of Alexandria, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
2016 Tumblr Editorial Fellow
Emily Gaynor is an interdisciplinary artist and writer exploring feminist practices online. She is the Editorial Fellow at Art+Feminism and Curatorial Assistant at NewHive. Her writing appears on Weird Sister, an online publication focused on the intersection of feminism, literature and pop culture. She currently lives and works in New York City.
2016 Volunteer Coordinator
Sara Clugage is an independent scholar, editor, and artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is founder and editor-in-chief of Dilettante Army, an online visual culture magazine, and a director at CARPA, the Crafts Advanced Research Projects Agency. She holds degrees from the University of California at Santa Cruz, the California College of the Arts, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work focuses on the value of immaterial labor, historical dilettantism, and the long relationship between craft and amateurs. Also she weaves sometimes.
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