Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/Pratt Brooklyn 2019 March

Pratt Institute (Brooklyn) Nonbinary & Gender Nonconforming A+F Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2019
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When and Where
DateFriday, March 19, 2019
Time08:30am-08:00pm / Panel on Wikipedia & education, 05:30-07:30pm
AddressPratt Institute Library, 200 Willoughby Ave., Brooklyn NY 11205
Transit:Subway:/Bus Bus transport: G to Clinton/Washington or B38 to Lafayette/Washington Ave.

The Pratt Institute Library Nonbinary & Gender Nonconforming Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2019 will be held March 19 at the Pratt Institute Library, in Brooklyn, New York City.

Event detailsEdit

NONBINARY & GNC WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON -- All are invited, with no specialized knowledge of the subject or Wikipedia editing experience required. Please bring your laptop and power cord; we will provide research resources, WiFi, and a list of suggested topics.

  • Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
  • Time: Open editing event all day - 08:30am-8:00 pm EST host / Panel on Wikipedia and Education will be 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • Location: Pratt Institute Library, Lower Level & 3rd Floor, 200 Willoughby Ave., Brooklyn NY 11205
  • Organizers: Pratt Institute Library
  • Directions: Subway/Bus: G to Clinton/Washington or B38 to Lafayette/Washington Ave.
  • Who should attend: People of all gender identities and expressions. Please ask your fellow attendees for their pronouns of choice!
  • What to bring:Please bring your laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support.
  • Hashtags: #artandfeminism #noweditingAF #af6
  • Website: Pratt events
  • RSVP: Eventbrite

Please register for a Wikipedia account prior to coming. ALSO: Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Safe Space Policy.


Nonbinary & Gender Nonconforming Wikipedia Edit-a-ThonEdit

  • Location: Library Learning Lab, Lower Level
  • Time: 8:30am-8:00pm
  • Presentation: Wikipedia editing & video screenings.
  • Start writing: Stay for as long as suits and start writing/editing in good company and with help at hand.
  • Snacks: We will provide snacks as we go.
  • Who: We welcome anyone interested. No Wikipedia editing experience is necessary. We will provide assistance throughout the event for Wikipedia newcomers. Experienced Wikipedians are also very welcome – we need as much help as you can offer!

Artist TalksEdit

  • Location: Alumni Reading Room, third floor
  • 10:00-11:00am: Presentation by Carolyn Li-Madeo (Wikimedia Foundation)

Carolyn Li-Madeo is the designer of the Wikipedia iOS app and a member of the Wikimedia Foundation Design team.

Jennifer Miller is the director and founder of Circus Amok – a one ring, no animal, free political, circus extravaganza that has toured the parks of New Your annually since 1994. She is the recipient an Obie Award, a Bessie Award, and the 2008 Ethyl Eichelberger Award, along with numerous grants from the NEA, NYSCA, DCA, MAP, NYFA and others. Besides touring her own work internationally she performs with several choreographers and performance artists including Jennifer Monson and Vaginal Davis. She had a 10 year stint at Coney Island Sideshow by the Seashore. She is a Professor of Performance at Pratt Institute.

Kiyan Williams is a multidisciplinary artist from Newark, New Jersey who unearths counterhegemonic notions of identity, history, and sociality. Kiyan earned a BA from Stanford University and is an MFA candidate at Columbia University. Their work has been exhibited at SculptureCenter, The Jewish Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and La MaMa Experimental Theater Club. Williams was selected to participate in the 2019 In Practice exhibition at SculptureCenter and is among the inaugural cohort of artists commissioned by The Shed, a new art space in NYC. They were invited to re-perform Bruce Nauman's "Wall-Floor Positions" at MoMA and PS1 for the artists's recent retrospective. Currently, Williams is a fellow at the Leslie-Lohman Museum.

Panel on Wikipedia & EducationEdit

Heather Hart (Black Lunch Table): The Black Lunch Table (BLT), first staged in 2005, is an ongoing collaboration between visual artist and SAIC professor, Jina Valentine, and New York-based public artist Heather Hart.The BLT’s primary aim is the production of discursive sites, wherein cultural producers engage in dialogue on a variety of critical issues. BLT mobilizes a democratic (re)writing of contemporary history by animating discourse around and among the people living it. BLT provides a critical platform for exchange, currently staging nomadic Wikipedia edit-a-thons and community roundtable discussions worldwide.

Sherry Antoine (AfroCROWD): Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD) is an outreach initiative and Wikimedia usergroup which seeks to increase awareness of Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture, and software movements among potential editors of African descent. Since its launch during Black Wiki History Month in 2015, AfroCROWD has sensitized thousands in its target audience about free culture crowdsourcing and the need to close the multicultural and gender gaps in Wikipedia.

Ryan McGrady (Wiki Education): Ryan is Scholars & Scientists Program Manager at the Wiki Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that builds bridges between academia and Wikipedia. He is also a volunteer Wikipedia contributor, and board member of Wikimedia NYC.

Megan Wacha (CUNY, Wikimedia NYC): Megan advances equitable access to information and publishing through her dual roles in libraries and the Wikimedia movement. As the Scholarly Communications Librarian for the City University of New York, she leads CUNY's 31 libraries in the development and management of CUNY’s open access institutional repository, CUNY Academic Works. Megan is also an active Wikipedian and the President of Wikimedia NYC, a volunteer run non-profit committed to connecting New Yorkers and New York institutions with Wikipedia, Wikimedia, and the larger free culture movement.

Description: Press ReleaseEdit

Press Release

Pratt Institute Libraries to host an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon March 11th, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Cyree Jarelle Johnson

Pratt Institute Libraries’ second annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in collaboration with Art + Feminism will take place on March 19, 2019 from 8:30 AM-8:00PM. This year’s edits will center the contributions of Nonbinary & Gender Nonconforming artists, and is designed to improve coverage of gender, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia overall.

The edit-a-thon will include tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, reference materials, and refreshments. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate, particularly women, nonbinary people, and gender nonconforming people.

Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. Over 30% of artists honored in the Trans 100 do not have Wikipedia pages. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors were women.

Art+Feminism’s Edit-a-thons and other initiatives make an impact on the gender gap through crucial improvements to gender, feminism and art-related subjects on Wikipedia. Since 2014, Art+Feminism edit-a-thons have taken place across the world, creating and improving over 11,000 articles.

A diverse group of Wikipedians and artists will present their work, providing scholarly praxis to the Edit-a-thon. Among those featured are Jennifer Miller, founder of Circus Amok and Kiyan Williams, a studio and performing artist from Newark, New Jersey currently finishing an MFA at Columbia University. The day will culminate in a panel on using Wikipedia in the classroom.

The Pratt Institute Libraries Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is sponsored by Pratt Academic Senate and the Pratt Institute Libraries and organized by Amy Ballmer, Cheryl Costello, and Cyree Jarelle Johnson.

Articles to work onEdit

Consider working on one of the artists listed on Black Lunch Table's list, Art + Feminism's List, or the WikiProject Women Artists for more contribution ideas.

Before you arriveEdit

  1. Prepare before the event
    1. Please create a Wikipedia account before the event
    2. While logged into your Wikipedia account, [outreach dashboard event link]
    3. Outside of Wikipedia, identify a publication which you find interesting and worthwhile to share
    4. Based on the publication you choose, take your own notes about some individual facts
  2. During the event
    1. Only after you have a publication to cite and some facts to share, browse relevant Wikipedia articles to see if this information is present
    2. If your information is not already in Wikipedia, then click the edit button at the top to add it.
    3. Be sure to use a citation after every sentence you add!

Note that before the event, your focus for preparation should be the research you do outside of Wikipedia for identifying good sources of information to cite!


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Organizations supporting Wikipedia outreach in New York City and providing Wikipedia support for this event include the following:

Developing Wikipedia is a collaborative effort. Thanks to everyone who contributes to the success of this and other programs.

External linksEdit

Please register here after signing into your Wikipedia account.


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