Yesterday, Art+Feminism announced that its second announced its second annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon will take place at New York’s Museum of Modern Art on 27th March from 4pm to 10pm GMT.
The event is designed to generate coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia, as well as encouraging female editorship of Wikipedia’s content. A survey in 2011 found that less than 10 per cent of Wikipedia contributors are female, something that has lead to a distinct lack of content about women and art on the website as a whole.
Art+Feminism hopes that the Edit-a-thon will help to make crucial improvements to Wikipedia pages related to the topics of art and feminism, as well as making an impact on the site’s obvious gender gap.
Last year’s Edit-a-thon saw 600 participants in six countries come together to created over 100 articles, and improve 90 existing ones, on relevant topics including female artists, feminist artistic movements, and feminist scholarship.
55 different venues will complement the event taking place in NEw York, allowing people across the world to take their part in the Edit-a-thon over the weekend of 6th-8th of March. Events in the UK will be taking place at the Hepworth Wakefield art gallery in West Yorkshire, and the Hannah Maclure Centre at the University of Abertay, in Dundee. If you’re unable to attend any of the events, there will also be an online event taking place via Google Hangouts.
For more information, visit Art+Feminism’s website.