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Date:Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time:11:00 am – 3:00 pm CDT
Address:Vanderbilt University
The Student Life Center

For info on our March 23 edit-a-thon in Trinidad, please click here.

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) project will host an edit-a-thon focusing on visual artists of the African Diaspora from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm CDT on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Vanderbilt University's Student Life Center. A training session will be held at the beginning, but help is available throughout the event.

Bring your laptop and bring a friend. The more, the merrier! Snacks provided.

Event description[edit]

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) Wikimedia edit-a-thon at 2019 REAL Symposium will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to visual artists of the African Diaspora. Together we will create historical documents that respond to the urgent need for a reconstruction of the art historical record.

A photographer will be on hand to take images for Wiki Commons!

All are invited, with no specialized knowledge of the subject or Wikipedia editing experience required. A brief overview of the basics of Wikipedia editing will be given at the start of the edit-a-thon.

About The Black Lunch Table[edit]

The Black Lunch Table (BLT), an official Wikimedia Movement Affiliate, is an ongoing collaboration between artists Jina Valentine (Fishantena (talk)) and Heather Hart (Heathart (talk)) which intends to fill holes in the documentation of contemporary art history. In its 13 year existence, the BLT has taken a variety of forms relating to this most recent iteration, in the form of the Wikipedia edit-a-thon. BLT’s aim is the production of discursive sites (at literal and metaphorical lunch tables), wherein cultural producers of color engage in critical dialogue on topics directly affecting our communities. They endeavor to create spaces, online and off, mirroring the activity and creativity present in sites where Blackness and Art are performed.

More about BLT here.

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About the 2019 REAL Symposium[edit]

Nashville , like many other large metropolitan cities, has begun the process that Grantmakers in the Arts has identified as the most pressing issue in arts leadership in the United States: building racial equity in our cultural institutions and arts organizations, so creative and cultural expression can become a form of civic engagement for all.

Since 2015, Vanderbilt University’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Pubic Policy has partnered with the Metro Arts/Nashville’s Office of Arts & Culture (REAL) Program to develop insight into how institutional practices around arts programming, artists development, and funding and hiring processes can advance racial equity in our community.

Curb Center and Metro Arts believes it is time to broaden the conversation through a national symposium, convening arts policy leaders, arts administrators, cultural equity organizations, individual artists, and grantmakers to discuss challenges and share best practices as we work to build more equitable practices into arts institutions at all levels.

Info on the symposium is here.

Event details[edit]

  • Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
  • Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm CDT
  • Location: Vanderbilt University
    Heard Libraries
    419 21st Ave S
    Nashville, TN
  • Who should attend: Artists, historians, students, photographers, librarians, archivists, teachers, writers, journalists, curators, visitors, the curious...
    • Experienced or new Wikipedians (We will provide assistance with Wikipedia formatting and syntax)
    • Amateur historians or research pros (We will have a selection of resources available for your use)
  • What to Bring: Your laptop and a friend!
  • Hashtag: #BlackLunchTable #realsymposium
  • Etherpad: BlackLunchTable - live doc to keep track of what we are all working on
  • Training: Black Lunch Table Wikipedia Presentation


  • Presentation / overview
  • Editing time
  • Goals: Create user account (if new to Wikipedia), create user page with at least one sentence, sign up for editathon on this Wikipedia Meetup page, make at least one edit to a Wikipedia page
  • For more information about ongoing scheduled meetups see Black Lunch Table Meetup page

Uploading photos[edit]

Possible articles to edit[edit]

Black Lunch Table tasks[edit]

Although our project focuses on visual artists of the African Diaspora, you are welcomed to edit whatever you want. Please add an article below that you think we should focus on. These articles are suggested, be sure they qualify according to Wikipedia's NOTABILITY guidlines before you create a new page. Thanks!

Nashville-affiliated visual artists of the African diaspora[edit]

These articles are suggested, be sure they qualify according to Wikipedia's NOTABILITY guidlines before you create a new page. Thanks!

This list is automatically generated from data in Wikidata and is periodically updated by Listeriabot.
Edits made within the list area will be removed on the next update!

Article Gender Occupation Place of birth Residence
Aaron Douglas male painter Topeka
Bessie Harvey female artist Dallas Alcoa
Frank Stewart (photographer) male photographer Nashville
Hale Woodruff male painter
visual artist
Cairo Chicago
New York City
Juan Logan male sculptor Nashville
Kerry G. Johnson male caricaturist
graphic designer
Nashville Columbia
Terry Adkins male artist
video artist
performance artist
Washington, D.C. Philadelphia
William Edmondson male painter Nashville
End of auto-generated list.

Wikipedia editing resources[edit]

Where to start...
  1. Rules on Visual Art, Murals, Graffiti and Sculpture are different!
  2. Follow instructions to upload your images here...
  • Create or update Wikidata!
Wikidata is central storage for the structured data of its Wikimedia sister projects including Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wikisource, and others.
  1. Go to Wikidata
  2. Read Wikidata's Introduction!
  3. Search for the person or subject
  4. If none exists, you can 'Create a new item'
  5. Look at another similar item to follow format... for example human female instead of female animal.
  6. To add a field, click 'Add Statement'
Wikidata + AuthorityControl
  • Create or update Authority Control!
Update Wikidata using Virtual International Authority File (
  1. Go to
  2. Search for person (last name, first name)
  3. At bottom of page, where it says History of VIAF, expand section. See Werner Herzog example
  4. Add each listed Authority to Wikidata if its info is not already populated in Wikidata
  5. Add {{Authority control}} after External links section above Categories
  6. Refresh Wikipedia page
  • Click here for many more editing resources


Extended content
Alphabetical by first letter

denotes Infobox added 

Pages improved

Pages created
Sandbox articles started
Wikidata items improved

Wikidata items created
Wikimedia Commons images uploaded


Extended content
Outreach Dashboard
  • Articles Created:
  • Articles Edited:
  • Total Edits:
  • Editors:
  • Words Added:
  • Article Views:
  • Commons Uploads:


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