The CMA and USC join forces for Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

The work of artists James Brooks (left) and Charlotte Park (right) on view in the CMA collection galleries. Brooks has a Wikipedia page, while Park, his wife and contemporary, does not

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Columbia Museum of Art, in partnership with the University of South Carolina School of Visual Art and Design, hosts an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Saturday, March 30, from noon to 3:00 p.m. The day begins at 11:00 a.m. with Broad Strokes, a tour of women in the CMA collection led by Dr. Catherine Walworth, CMA curator.

Designed to improve coverage of gender, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia, the edit-a-thon focuses on women artists in the CMA collection and includes tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, and art history reference materials. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate, particularly transgender and cisgender women.

In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as women. This lack of inclusive participation has led to an alarming gap of content in one of the world’s most popular online research tools. 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.

No prior Wikipedia experience is necessary. While some laptops will be available, participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, power cords, and extension cords if possible.

Edit-a-thon free. Broad Strokes tour free with membership or admission.

For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org.

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