Art+Feminism’s third annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, an all-day event designed to generate coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia and encourage female editorship, will take place on March 5, 2016 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Featuring tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, reference materials, childcare, and refreshments, the much-anticipated event will take place at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Education and Research Building, 4 West 54 Street, on March 5, 2016 from from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Edit-a-thon will launch at 10 a.m. with an expansive conversation on contemporary feminisms and digital culture with writer Orit Gat, artist and activist Reina Gossett, and New York Times technology columnist Jenna Wortham, moderated by Fiona Romeo, MoMA’s Director of Digital Content and Strategy. Continuing this discussion, afternoon breakout groups will engage in focused conversations about related issues, including intellectual property, notability, and LGBTQ visibility on Wikipedia.
“Our focus this year is intersectional feminisms,” said the lead co-organizers, Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey and Michael Mandiberg. “Feminism is not just an idea, but a practice: a way of organizing that is inclusive, collaborative, horizontal, with consensus-based decision making. With this in mind, we have convened a group of experienced community organizers to review our materials and methods. Their findings will shape the form of our materials going forward. We did this to better serve Art+Feminism participants, and to create a welcoming space for all members of the public who wish to participate.”
Node edit-a-thons are being planned for the month of March at over 125 venues across every inhabited continent, including: National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth; Ashesi University, Accra; Gus Fisher Gallery, The University of Auckland; The Banff Centre; Kaskadenkondensator, Basel; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Interference Archive, Brooklyn; Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, Cambridge; Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh; SCAD Hong Kong; The Menil Collection, Houston; Cornell University, Ithaca; Baexong Arts Kyoto; Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Lima; Kunsthaus Hafenstraße, Linz; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Tate Britain, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; México, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (UNAM), Alumnos 47, and Centro de Cultura Digital Estela de Luz, Mexico City; Canadian Women Art History Initiative, Concordia University, Montréal; McGill, Montréal; Yale University, New Haven; Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, New Orleans; Smith College, Northampton; Archives Nationales, Paris; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; Yale Union, Portland; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; California College of the Arts, San Francisco; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; Savannah College of Art and Design; Hallwylska museet, Stockholm; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Bibliothèque diocésaine de Tunis; Biblioteca Municipal Carmelina Sánchez-Cutillas, Valencia; Emily Carr University of Art and Design, The University of British Columbia, and Western Front, Vancouver; The Pennsylvania State University, University Park; Rose Art Museum and Rosebud, Brandeis University, Waltham; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; and online all month long as part of the Women in Red edit-a-thon. The complete list of venues can be found on the Art+Feminism meet up page.
The 2016 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, 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, with support from Tekserve, Wikimedia NYC and the Wikimedia Foundation.