Art+Feminism

Art and Feminism (stylized as Art+Feminism) is an annual worldwide edit-a-thon to add content to Wikipedia about female artists. The project, founded by Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, Michael Mandiberg, and Laurel Ptak,[1] has been described as "a massive multinational effort to correct a persistent bias in Wikipedia, which is disproportionately written by and about men".[2]

Art+Feminism
StatusActive
FrequencyAnnually
Location(s)70 venues in 17 countries (2015)
Years active5
InauguratedFebruary 1, 2014 (2014-02-01)
Most recentMarch 11, 2017 (2017-03-11)
Attendance1,300 (2015)
Organized bySiân Evans
Jacqueline Mabey
Michael Mandiberg
Laurel Ptak
Websitehttps://www.artandfeminism.org

In 2014, Art+Feminism's inaugural campaign attracted 600 volunteers at 30 separate events.[1][2] The following year, 1,300 volunteers attended 70 events in 17 countries, on four continents.[1]

Establishment

Art+Feminism started when Artstor librarian Siân Evans was designing a project for women and art for the Art Libraries Society of North America.[3] Evans talked with fellow curator Jacqueline Mabey, who had been impressed by Wikipedia contributors' organization of edit-a-thon events to commemorate Ada Lovelace.[3] Mabey spoke with Michael Mandiberg, a professor at the City University of New York who had been incorporating Wikipedia into classroom learning. Mandiberg in turn talked with Laurel Ptak, a fellow at the art and technology non-profit Eyebeam, who agreed to help plan the event.[3] The team then recruited local Wikipedians Dorothy Howard, then Wikipedian in residence at Metropolitan New York Library Council; and Richard Knipel, then representing the local chapter of Wikipedia contributors through Wikimedia New York City.[3]

One reason for establishing the Art+Feminism project included responding to negative media coverage about Wikipedia's cataloging system.[4][5] The project continues to fill content gaps in Wikipedia and increase the number of female contributors.[6][7] Only about 17 percent of biographies on Wikipedia are about women and only about 15 percent of Wikipedia editors are female.[8] McKensie Mack was appointed Director of Art+Feminism in 2018.[9]

Events

Outside the United States, the 2015 event received media coverage at locations including Australia,[10] Canada,[11] Cambodia,[12] India,[13] New Zealand,[14] and Scotland.[15] Inside the United States the event received media coverage at the flagship location in New York,[16] and also in California,[17][18] Kansas,[19] Pennsylvania,[20] Texas,[21] and West Virginia.[22]

Reception

Content contributed by participants in the editing events is tracked in a coordinating forum on Wikipedia.[23]

In November 2014, Foreign Policy magazine named Evans, Mabey, Mandiberg, Richard Knipel, Dorothy Howard, and Ptak as "global thinkers" for addressing gender bias on Wikipedia.[24]

See also

References

  1. "Art+Feminism's 2015 Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Adds 334 Articles on Female Artists". ARTnews. 2015-03-11. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  2. "101 Women Artists Who Got Wikipedia Pages This Week". ARTnews. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  3. Feinstein, Laura (2 March 2015). "Mass Wikipedia Edit To Make The Internet Less Sexist". magazine.good.is. Good Worldwide. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  4. Lapowsky, Issie (5 March 2015). "Meet the Editors Fighting Racism and Sexism on Wikipedia". Wired. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  5. Filipacchi, Amanda (24 April 2013). "Wikipedia's Sexism Toward Female Novelists". The New York Times. New York: NYTC. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. McGurran, Brianna (18 February 2015). "MoMA to Host Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon to Tackle Gender Imbalance". The New York Observer. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  7. Krasny, Michael (13 March 2015). "Wikipedia's Gender and Race Gaps: Forum". Forum. KQED-FM. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  8. "As it happened: Wikipedia edit-a-thon".
  9. "McKensie Mack Appointed Director". Art + Feminism. 2018-07-19. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  10. Ford, Clementine (6 March 2015). "Where are all the Australian feminist writers on Wiki?". dailylife.com.au. Archived from the original on 27 August 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  11. Botelho-Urbanski, Jessica (9 March 2015). "Celebrating women's success? There's a wiki for that". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  12. Murray, Bennett (7 March 2015). "Wiki activists help to write Cambodian women's history, Post Weekend, Phnom Penh Post". The Phnom Penh Post. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  13. Shruthi, H M (7 March 2015). "Edit-a-thon for women to bridge Wikimedia gender gap". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  14. O'Neil, Andrea (6 March 2015). "Blessed are the 'geeks' shaping history | Stuff.co.nz". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  15. Malcolm, Bob (5 March 2015). "Dundee to join in global feminism arts campaign". deadlinenews.co.uk. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  16. Schuessler, Jennifer (6 March 2015). "MoMA to Host Wikipedia Editing Marathon, to Improve Coverage of Women in the Arts". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  17. Bos, Sascha (4 March 2015). "East Bay Schools to Host Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons". eastbayexpress.com. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  18. Morlan, Kinsee (2 March 2015). "Wikipedia's women problem". sdcitybeat.com. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  19. Rodriguez, Lisa (27 March 2015). "Kansas City Edit-A-Thon Aims To Close Gender Gap On Wikipedia". kcur.org. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  20. Marshall, Amy Milgrub (23 February 2015). "College of Arts and Architecture to host 'Edit-a-Thon' to improve Wikipedia Cove". news.psu.edu. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  21. Kallus, Megan (4 March 2015). "UT School of Information to host feminist Wikipedia Edit-a-thon". The Daily Texan. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  22. Board, Glynis (3 March 2015). "Wiki Gender Gap to Be Discussed in Morgantown | West Virginia Public Broadcasting". wvpublic.org. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  23. Ghorashi, Hannah (10 March 2015). "Art+Feminism's 2015 Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Adds 334 Articles on Female Artists". ARTnews. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  24. staff (November 2014). "A World Disrupted: The Leading Global Thinkers of 2014 | Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, Michael Mandiberg, Richard Knipel, Dorothy Howard, Laurel Ptak". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
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