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Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2015 at the Fleet Library
When and Where
Date:Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time:1:15 pm – 4:00 pm EST
Address:Rhode Island School of Design
Fleet Library
2437, 15 Westminster St,
Providence, RI 02903

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) project will host an edit-a-thon focusing on visual artists of the African Diaspora from 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm EST on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Rhode Island School of Design's Fleet Library, 2437, 15 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903. A training session will be held at the beginning, and 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 RISD 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 Together we will create historical documents that respond to the urgent need for a reconstruction of the art historical record.

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 14 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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Event details[edit]

  • Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
  • Time: 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm EST
  • Location: Rhode Island School of Design
    Fleet Library
    2437, 15 Westminster St,
    Providence, RI 02903
  • 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
  • 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!


Providence-based / RISD-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!

Artists of the African diaspora who have exhibited at RISD[edit]

Artists of the African diaspora who are RISD alumni[edit]

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 Gilbert male painter
visual artist
Ajuan Mance female artist
Albert Chong male photographer
installation artist
Kingston Colorado
New York City
San Diego
Alva Rogers female writer
visual artist
New York City New York City
André Leon Talley male journalist
Washington, D.C.
Andrianna Campbell female art curator
art historian
New York City
Ariel Jackson female visual artist New Orleans
Carrie Mae Weems female photographer
visual artist
Portland Syracuse
Chitra Ganesh female artist Brooklyn Brooklyn
Coco Fusco female writer New York City New York City
Deana Lawson female photographer Rochester
Demetrius Oliver male artist
Donna Bruton female visual artist
Edmund Barry Gaither male art curator
Great Falls Boston
Edward Mitchell Bannister male painter
visual artist
New Brunswick Boston
St. Andrews
Ellen Gallagher female painter Providence
Glenn Ligon male painter
visual artist
The Bronx
Howardena Pindell female painter
visual artist
Iona Rozeal Brown female painter
Joyce J. Scott female artist Baltimore
Julie Mehretu female visual artist Addis Ababa
Kara Walker female artist Stockton
Kudzanai Chiurai male painter Harare
Linda Hiwot female visual artist Providence
Nancy Elizabeth Prophet female artist Warwick Paris
Rhode Island
RaMell Ross male film director
Reginald L. Jackson male visual artist
Renee Stout female painter Junction City
Roy DeCarava male photographer
university teacher
New York City Bedford–Stuyvesant
Saya Woolfalk female artist
Steffani Jemison female artist Berkeley Brooklyn
Tavares Strachan male artist
Therman Statom male painter Winter Haven
Tony Cokes male artist
Wilmer Jennings male visual artist
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
  • Articles Created:
  • Articles Edited:
  • Total Edits:
  • Editors:
  • Words Added:
  • Article Views:
  • Commons Uploads:


External links[edit]


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