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February 28th, 2017

Art+Feminism Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon is back at the AGO! Help fill in the blanks and add women artists to Wikipedia.

The 2016 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon. Photo courtesy of the AGO.

Remember our Black Canadian Art History Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon that took place last month? We’re back with another opportunity to re-write history and fill in some gaps.

It’s estimated that only 10 per cent of Wikipedia editors identify as female, and the content on Wikipedia skews the same way. The result? Too many women artists are missing from one of the greatest resources the Internet has to offer.

Art+Feminism Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon offers a free space and access to extensive resources (courtesy of the AGO’s E.P. Taylor Library & Archives – one of Canada’s largest art libraries) for all those citations Wikipedia articles need and love. Best of all, everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary, as there will be tutorials and coaching available.

Come learn about artists like Maryon Kantaroff, Elizabeth Nutt, and K.M. Graham (all pictured above), as well as  Shelagh Keeley, Yulia Biriukova, Jane Martin, Margaret Priest and more. Or beef up an already existing page with more facts and detail. It’s also a great way to celebrate, collaborate, feel empowered and have fun!

We asked Amy Furness, Rosamond Ivey Special Collections Archivist and Head, Library & Archives for more insight into the event. According to Amy:

The 2016 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon. Photo courtesy of the AGO.

“This is the third year that the AGO has been involved, and we have met with amazing energy for the project in the Toronto arts communities. Since the first event we have been holding smaller, more focused quarterly editing events and have written or improved dozens of articles. The March event is the largest and most visible as it ties into a global effort, with sister events held all over the world throughout the month. Or if you’re not sure you want to edit, just come and check out the event and cheer us on.”

Make sure to RSVP by March 4. Don’t forget your laptop!

The AGO’s Art+Feminism Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon takes place at the Young Education Commons, AGO on Saturday, March 4 from 12 – 4pm, with Editing Tutorials at 12:30 and 2pm. You can share your thoughts on social using the hashtags: #AGOToronto #ArtAndFeminism

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