Campaign to add more women artists to Wikipedia

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ArtAndFeminism or Art+Feminism is a campaign to improve coverage of women artists on Wikipedia with annual group Edit-a-thons.

For the first Edit-a-thon, about 600 volunteers showed up at Wikipedia editing workshops held at the New York art center Eyebeam, and at 30 other venues around the world, where they worked to help adjust the imbalance of listings for men over women in the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia Wikipedia.

If you have ever tried to create a new entry on Wikipedia, it’s not so easily done–each and every detail or fact mentioned must be referenced and verified and there are strict formatting rules as well.

According to Let My People Show, the Tumblr blog of arts journalist and art expert Robin Cembalest who is also former ARTnews editor-in-chief, this year, the Edit-a-Thon happened March 15 at the Museum of Modern Art and more than 70 other venues including the Walker Art Center and LACMA in the U.S.A, and other places in Toronto, Moscow, Lima, Sydney, and Brussels. They even created a Wikipedia listing for this event–read and view photos here.

At these latest Edit-a-thon gatherings, Art+Feminism volunteers put up around 100 new entries for women artists, including Australian modernists Ethel Spowers and Dorrit Black,  Catalan painter Josefa Texidor i Torres and contemporary artists Mary Miss, Xaviera Simmons, Audrey Flack, and Monika Bravo. Many other entries were enhanced and updated.

The organizers keep a running list of suggested articles to create or add upon—not only artists well-known and obscure, but also curators, movements, periodicals, and more.

They want your ideas, too, and you can add them here.

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