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2017 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon[edit]

Art+Feminism is pleased to announce its fourth annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, an all-day event designed to improve content on feminism and the arts on Wikipedia and encourage female editorship. Node edit-a-thons are being planned across the globe for the month of March.

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To find an event please visit our website:

To organize an event[edit]

How We Organize[edit]

From the beginning Art+Feminism has paid careful attention to how and where we organize our events, prioritizing off-wiki channels of communication. This year we are using the Programs & Events Dashboard instead of meetup pages, and we are collecting the list of events on our website, rather than here. We’re making this change because our UX/UI review found that, because we had so many events and the wiki interface is confusing to new users, this main meet up page was dificult to parse and folks were missing events in their towns.

We will be making some other changes to the meetup pages suggested by the UX/UI review. We are always striving to better meet the needs of our community and we hope this change will improve access for all! Of course, feel free to talk to us here, or via email.

Outreach Dashboard[edit]


We are using the Art+Feminism website to track our events this year. Please submit your event via the Event Form on our website.

We are using the Outreach Dashboard this year to track attendance. Please create a Program there instead of a Meetup page.

We are NOT using Meetup pages. DO NOT post meetup pages here. If you posted a meetup page here despite our instruction not to, we have moved them here. Please move your information to your Dashboard Program.


The Dashboard is a new tool that allows for very easy sign-in to events in lieu of a Meetup page. Meetup pages have always been problematic for our large events, as you can't have multiple people sign in at once, e.g. during a training session. During our UX/UI Audit we learned that most new users were unable to navigate Meetup pages to locate an event to attend, or figure out where to start, thus we have moved our event listings off wiki, and our attendance to the Dashboard. It will also make it much easier for us to gather data, understand Art+Feminism’s contribution to Wikipedia, and report back to the Wikimedia Foundation to ensure that the project continues to be funded. The Dashboard automatically tracks the edits of everyone who signed in (w00t!) which means we no longer need to track those manually on a Meetup page. This is no small matter, as collecting all the data for last years events probably took between 140-180 hours of collective labor, and this year we expect 50-100% growth.

If you’ve already created Meetup pages, you MUST create a Program in the Dashboard and link to it from your Meetup page. We encourage you to shift all of your Meetup content to your Dashboard Program; you can list articles on your Program, or you can create a userpage for that as well (this is covered in the video below). If you feel strongly that you want to keep your Meetup page to make a list of articles to work on you can do so, however we will need you to record ALL sign-ins on the Dashboard. We will not be taking any Meetup pages into consideration when we do our planning, announcements, or analysis of articles created. Please also note that we have removed all Meetup pages from the general Art+Feminism Meetup Page here


These step-by-step instructions will walk you through the 3-minutes it takes to create a Program that is attached to our general Art+Feminism Campaign:. We also have these on separate Google Doc. You can also see a video tutorial at minute 73 of this video:

Follow these steps to Create Your Project:

  1. Start at and if you get lost, you have to click “Find Programs” scroll down and click on “Art+Feminism 2017” then click on Home at the top navigation bar.
  2. Click “Create Program” Button
  3. Then click “Create a New Program” button on the dialog box
  4. Fill out the Create a New Program form.
    1. Add your Event and Institution names.
      1. These will show up in your URL like so: E.g
      2. Please Note: You can’t use special characters like the “+” in Art+Feminism, so put “AF” or “ArtAndFeminism.” For simplicity’s sake we would like to encourage everyone to use the following structure: “Place Venue ArtAndFeminism 2017.” So, for MoMA it will be “NYC MoMA ArtAndFeminism 2017.” The Venue is optional, especially for cities with only one event, eg: “Portland ArtAndFeminism 2017.”
      3. Use the shortest abbreviation for your institution: less characters will mean less typos when your participants type it in.
  5. If most of your participants will be editing the English Wikipedia, leave the next two boxes alone. If you are editing a different language version please put the two letter prefix for your language in the third box (e.g. “es” for Spanish or “jp” for Japanese).
  6. Edit the descriptive text in the box. Please replace or remove all of the text inside of {curly brackets}. You are welcome to augment or reduce this text as you see fit. The text is formatted in Markdown but will also accept HTML; it will not accept Wiki Markup.
  7. Select the start and end date/time for your event.
  8. Change your Passcode to “AF” (simple and easy to remember). You can also add the number of expected editors if you like (this is not required).


To get your participants signed in to this page you need to have them go to that kinda long URL at the top of your page. For MoMA it will be We think the best way to accomplish this is to link to this page from your Facebook, Eventbrite, Google form, etc. If you are hellbent on using a meetup page, please still link to the Dasbhoard Program and use it for attendance. We *NEED* to keep all that info in here, as it necessary for outcomes and reporting.

When you arrive at that page your participants will be invited to “Log in with Wikipedia” or “Sign up with Wikipedia.” If they have accounts they can log in with the first button; they will be giving permission for the Dashboard to access their Wiki credentials via OAuth. If they don’t have an account yet, they can use the second button.

If one of your participants browses to the page they will get a URL like this: and will see a page that allows them to “Join Program.” They will have to type in the passcode (“AF”) and then will be able to join the program.

If you have any problems, please post in Slack or contact us via email.


Short documentary about the 2015 ArtAndFeminism Edit-a-thon at the museum of modern art in NYC

Art+Feminism is a DIY campaign to improve coverage on feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. In a 2011 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors are female.[1]. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect is not: content is skewed by the lack of female participation. Art+Feminism invites people of all gender identities and expressions to address this imbalance by participating in communal updating of Wikipedia’s entries. Founded in 2014 by Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, Michael Mandiberg and Laurel Ptak, over 4,600 people at more than 280 events around the world have participated in Art+Feminism’s Edit-a-thons, resulting in the creation and improvement of more than 4,600 articles on Wikipedia. The project has been written about extensively, including in Canadian Art, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and New York Magazine. Foreign Policy magazine named the founders of Art+Feminism Leading Global Thinkers. To learn more and for press inquiries, please visit our website.


  1. ^ Glott, Ruediger; et al. (15 March 2010). "Wikipedia Survey – Overview of Results" (PDF). United Nations University. 

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