Art and Feminism (stylized as Art+Feminism) is an annual worldwide edit-a-thon to add content to Wikipedia about women artists, which started in 2014. The project has been described as "a massive multinational effort to correct a persistent bias in Wikipedia, which is disproportionately written by and about men".[1][2]

Location(s)70 venues in 17 countries (2015)
Years active10
InauguratedFebruary 1, 2014 (2014-02-01)
Most recentMarch 2021 (2021-03)
Attendance1,300 (2015)
Organized bySiân Evans
Jacqueline Mabey
Michael Mandiberg
Laurel Ptak Edit this at Wikidata

In 2014, Art+Feminism's inaugural campaign attracted 600 volunteers at 30 separate events.[2][1] The following year, a total of 1,300 volunteers attended 70 events that took place across 17 different countries, on four continents. Since then more than 20,000 people have taken part in over 1,500 events. This has led to the creation or improvement of over 100,000 Wikipedia articles.[2][3]

Establishment edit

Siân Evans, McKensie Mack, Michael Mandiberg, and Jacqueline Mabey (left to right).

Art+Feminism started when Artstor librarian Siân Evans was designing a project for women and art for the Art Libraries Society of North America.[4] Evans talked with fellow curator Jacqueline Mabey, who had been impressed by Wikipedia contributors' organization of edit-a-thon events to commemorate Ada Lovelace.[4] Mabey spoke with Michael Mandiberg, a professor at the City University of New York who had been incorporating Wikipedia into classroom learning. Mandiberg in turn talked with Laurel Ptak, a fellow at the art and technology non-profit Eyebeam, who agreed to help plan the event.[4] The team then recruited local Wikipedians Dorothy Howard, then Wikipedian in residence at Metropolitan New York Library Council; and Richard Knipel, then representing the local chapter of Wikipedia contributors through Wikimedia New York City.[4]

One reason for establishing the Art+Feminism project included responding to negative media coverage about Wikipedia's cataloging system.[5][6] The project continues to fill content gaps in Wikipedia and increase the number of female contributors.[7][8] Only about 17 percent of biographies on Wikipedia are about women and only about 15 percent of Wikipedia editors are female.[9] Kira Wisniewski was appointed Art+Feminism's executive director in 2020.[10]

Events edit

Video from an Art+Feminism edit-a-thon at the Museum of Modern Art, 2015

Outside the United States, the 2015 event received media coverage at locations including Australia,[11] Canada,[12] Cambodia,[13] India,[14] New Zealand,[15] and Scotland.[16] Inside the United States, the event received media coverage at the flagship location in New York,[17] and also in California,[18][19] Kansas,[20] Pennsylvania,[21] Texas,[22] and West Virginia.[23]

In 2020, due to concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was held virtually, via the Zoom video conferencing app.[24] In 2021, the Art+Feminism campaign was again made virtual due to COVID-19 concerns.[citation needed]

Although the project is global, director Kira Wisniewski lives in Baltimore and personally organizes events and collaborations with cultural organizations in that area.[25]

Content contributed by participants in the editing events is tracked in a coordinating forum on Wikipedia.[26]

Reception edit

In November 2014, Foreign Policy magazine named Evans, Mabey, Mandiberg, Knipel, Howard, and Ptak as "global thinkers" for addressing gender bias on Wikipedia.[27]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "101 Women Artists Who Got Wikipedia Pages This Week". ARTnews. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  2. ^ a b c "Art+Feminism's 2015 Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Adds 334 Articles on Female Artists". ARTnews. 2015-03-11. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  3. ^ Chernick, Karen (August 9, 2020). "National Museum of Women in the Arts to Host Wiki Edit-a-thon Focused on Women of Color". The New York Observer. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Feinstein, Laura (2 March 2015). "Mass Wikipedia Edit To Make The Internet Less Sexist". Good Worldwide. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  5. ^ Lapowsky, Issie (5 March 2015). "Meet the Editors Fighting Racism and Sexism on Wikipedia". Wired. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. ^ Filipacchi, Amanda (24 April 2013). "Wikipedia's Sexism Toward Female Novelists". The New York Times. New York. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  7. ^ McGurran, Brianna (18 February 2015). "MoMA to Host Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon to Tackle Gender Imbalance". The New York Observer. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  8. ^ Krasny, Michael (13 March 2015). "Wikipedia's Gender and Race Gaps: Forum". Forum. KQED-FM. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  9. ^ "As it happened: Wikipedia edit-a-thon".
  10. ^ "Art+Feminism". Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  11. ^ Ford, Clementine (6 March 2015). "Where are all the Australian feminist writers on Wiki?". Archived from the original on 27 August 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  12. ^ Botelho-Urbanski, Jessica (9 March 2015). "Celebrating women's success? There's a wiki for that". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  13. ^ Murray, Bennett (7 March 2015). "Wiki activists help to write Cambodian women's history, Post Weekend, Phnom Penh Post". The Phnom Penh Post. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  14. ^ Shruthi, H M (7 March 2015). "Edit-a-thon for women to bridge Wikimedia gender gap". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  15. ^ O'Neil, Andrea (6 March 2015). "Blessed are the 'geeks' shaping history |". Stuff (company). Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  16. ^ Malcolm, Bob (5 March 2015). "Dundee to join in global feminism arts campaign". Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  17. ^ Schuessler, Jennifer (6 March 2015). "MoMA to Host Wikipedia Editing Marathon, to Improve Coverage of Women in the Arts". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  18. ^ Bos, Sascha (4 March 2015). "East Bay Schools to Host Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons". Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  19. ^ Morlan, Kinsee (2 March 2015). "Wikipedia's women problem". Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  20. ^ Rodriguez, Lisa (27 March 2015). "Kansas City Edit-A-Thon Aims To Close Gender Gap On Wikipedia". Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  21. ^ Marshall, Amy Milgrub (23 February 2015). "College of Arts and Architecture to host 'Edit-a-Thon' to improve Wikipedia Cove". Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  22. ^ Kallus, Megan (4 March 2015). "UT School of Information to host feminist Wikipedia Edit-a-thon". The Daily Texan. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  23. ^ Board, Glynis (3 March 2015). "Wiki Gender Gap to Be Discussed in Morgantown | West Virginia Public Broadcasting". Archived from the original on 25 October 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  24. ^ Landry, Katelyn (2020-05-14). "Can a Virtual Edit-a-Thon make Wikipedia More Inclusive?". Houstonia Magazine. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  25. ^ Kopf, Suzy (19 July 2022). "Kira Wisniewski Works to Make Wikipedia a More Equitable Space". Baltimore Magazine.
  26. ^ Ghorashi, Hannah (10 March 2015). "Art+Feminism's 2015 Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Adds 334 Articles on Female Artists". ARTnews. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  27. ^ staff (November 2014). "A World Disrupted: The Leading Global Thinkers of 2014 | Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, Michael Mandiberg, Richard Knipel, Dorothy Howard, Laurel Ptak". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 17 October 2015.

2018 Wikipedia Edit- a-thon: Art + Feminism. (n.d.). The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved March 26, 2022, from

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