Wikipedia:MENA Artists Month

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Guggenheim: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa
On Saturday April 30, 2016, launching the global campaign for May 2016 MENA Artists Month, the Guggenheim will host its fourth Wikipedia edit-a-thon — or, #guggathon — to enhance Wikipedia's coverage of modern and contemporary artists from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and to counter geocultural systemic bias on Wikipedia.

The Guggenheim aims to further the goals of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, and build on the model of campaigns like the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Guggenheim: Women in Architecture, Wikipedia Asian Month, and Art+Feminism.

MENA Artists Month is an online edit-a-thon for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) artists during May 2016. This edit-a-thon aims to work on the artist articles relevant to these countries, namely artists that either don't have Wikipedia articles, or have poor articles, or are missing articles in some languages. This edit-a-thon would be held in collaboration with the Guggenheim

The core online campaign will develop articles on MENA artists, architects and designers (and related non-biographical topics) that have been active in the 20th and 21st centuries, broadly defined by an inclusive geography:


Wikipedia Asian Month - Written Postcards at Wikimedia Taiwan.
Postcards written by volunteer Taiwania Justo. These were sent to global participants of Wikimedia Asian Month 2015.

During the MENA Artists Month, an editor on any language Wikipedia who contributes at least 3 (three) articles about 20th and 21st centuries art in the MENA region, and will receive a Guggenheim postcard and Susan Hefuna-designed temporary tattoo, and Guggenheim exhibition catalogs for top contributors. These articles must meet the following criteria:

  • The article is created or substantially expanded by you before May 31, 2016 23:59 (UTC).
  • The article should be at least 3,500 bytes and around 300 words in length if a new article, or if an existing article it has grown by that length.
    Word count is excluding infoboxes, tables, lists, references, categories, images, etc.
  • The article fulfills the article notability criteria
  • The article must have decent references; doubtful or controversial statements in the article should be verifiable by the citation(s) listed in that article.
  • The article is not purely machine translated, and has a decent language style
  • Articles submitted by an organizer need to be checked by other organizers.
  • Notes 1: In the end, human judge(s) from the local Wikipedia will determine whether an article is accepted or not.
  • Notes 2: Local organizers can change the standard if 3,500 bytes and 300 words means too much in your language.

Participating communitiesEdit

Planned with Writing Middle Eastern Women into History Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red and regional Wikipedia chapters/usergroups.







Sign upEdit

Sign up here, and you can fill in your three (or more!) articles related to 20th and 21st century Middle Eastern artists later:

You can format like this, if you like:
:*Articles to develop: Working on X, Y, and Z.
  • Articles to develop: Maybe I'll start some pages on particular historical art movements
  1. Foundland
  2. Safeya Binzagr
  3. Huda Totonji
  1. Մոնիր Ֆարմանֆարմանյան
  2. Շաֆիկ Աբուդ
  3. Սյուզան Հեֆընա
  4. Սեդա Մանուկյան
  5. Nune Tumanyan
  6. Hripsime Simonyan
  7. Varteni Mosdichian
  8. Վարդենի Մոստիչյան
  9. Լոլա Դոլուխանյան
  10. Նոնա Ստեփանյան
  11. Ֆլորա Բաղդասարյան
  • czar 17:31, 30 April 2016 (UTC)
  1. Nadia Kaabi-Linke
  2. 1:54
  3. Egyptian pavilion
  1. Мари Герекмазян
  2. Нуне Туманян
  1. მარი გერეკმეზიანი
  2. არევ პეტროსიანი
  3. ნუნე თუმანიანი
  4. სუზან ჰეფუნა
  5. რიფსიმე სიმონიანი
  6. ვარდენი მოსტიჭიანი
  7. მიჰრან აკობიანი
  1. Aya Haidar
  2. Dodi Tabbaa
  3. Sabah Naim
  • Articles to develop: from countries Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt