Join Carnegie Museum of Art in collaboration with the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University for this year’s Pittsburgh Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon. No prior Wikipedia editing knowledge is necessary. We will offer tutorials for beginner Wikipedians at 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., as well as reference materials and expert support. While some laptops will be available, you are encouraged to bring your own laptop and power cord, if possible.
Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented both in terms of editors and subjects. Wikipedia’s Gender Gap Taskforce states that the percentage of Wikipedians who are female are between 8 to 16 percent and that of the near 1.5 million biographies on the English Wikipedia, only 15 percent are of women. Art+Feminism is a national organization that in 2014 began organizing the Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon in order to address the lack of female participation, and the inherent bias that deficit creates. The event aims to both encourage more female-identified editors as well as more contributions to entries on female-identified artists and creatives of all backgrounds. With over 280 Edit-A-Thons across six continents, these events continue to create and improve thousands of Wikipedia pages for artists.
Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon promotes intentional inclusion and intersectional feminism. Everyone is welcome to participate and contribute to entries that merit support on Wikipedia. Our use of “female-identified” wholly includes trans and cis women, non-binary and genderqueer individuals. The Pittsburgh Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon is a safe and inclusive space for everyone, regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, race, ability, physical appearance, ethnicity, economic status, national origin, or religion—and not limited to these aspects. We will not tolerate any form of harassment of event participants and will be enforcing The Wikimedia Foundation’s Friendly space policy.
Carnegie Museum of Art and the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon is an accessible space and event. Please visit our website to learn more.
The March 4th event is organized in a collaboration with Carnegie Museum of Art, the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland, and the Frick Fine Arts Library at the University of Pittsburgh. Greater, city-wide collaboration includes the CMU Visiting Artist Lecture Series featuring artist Wangechi Mutu and curator Adrienne Edwards on March 7th; and the PGH Photo Fair Speaker Series featuring curator Amanda Hunt on March 8th.