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2016 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon at the AGO

March 1st, 2016

by Amy Furness, Edit-A-Thon organizer and the AGO’s Rosamond Ivey Special Collections Archivist, Library & Archives


Art+Feminism’s Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon is a campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage female editorship.

Since last year’s Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon, there’s been great energy and momentum in Toronto for keeping this project going.  We’ve been holding Wikipedia Wednesday evenings every few months in the AGO’s Library & Archives, teaching editing skills and building Wikipedia content on women artists. So it’s exciting now to be planning for the next big international event.  To kick off International Women’s Month, we’re hosting a free Edit-A-Thon on March 5 at the AGO — one of over 100 satellite venues (worldwide!) of the Art+Feminism event, which is headquartered at MoMA in New York.

Toronto-based abstract artist Andrea Bolley, currently one of many women artists without a Wikipedia page.

Toronto-based abstract artist Andrea Bolley, currently one of many women artists without a Wikipedia page.

The reason for this edition of the Edit-A-Thon is just as compelling as when we started: only an estimated 10% of Wikipedia editors identify as female, an imbalance which skews the content of this prevalent information resource. Add to this situation the gender politics of the visual arts, and the result is there are all too many women artists on whom very little information can easily be found.  The Art+Feminism project is helping to change that by encouraging female editors and supporting the creation of new Wikipedia content to fill the gaps.

In the social setting of an Edit-A-Thon, editing Wikipedia can be surprisingly empowering, and even fun.  It’s a great way to celebrate International Women’s Month, and International Women’s Day (March 8). Consider joining us, or just come to show your support!

(And don’t forget: Bring a laptop!)

RSVP by March 4.

Art+Feminism Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon
Saturday, March 5, 2016
12pm – 4pm
Tutorials at 12:30 and 2pm
Education Commons, AGO

Share your thoughts on social using the hashtags: #AGOedits #AGOToronto #ArtAndFeminism

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