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Black Lunch Table
@ Red Bull Arts Detroit
When and Where
Date:Saturday, May 18, 2019
Address:1551 Winder St, Detroit, MI 48207

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) will host an edit-a-thon at Red Bull Arts Detroit on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 2-6 pm. We will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of visual artists from the African Diaspora.

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. We will have resources and a list of suggested artists, cultural creators, and institutions on hand.

Event description[edit]

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) project will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of artists from 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 Together we will create historical documents that respond to the urgent need for a reconstruction of the art historical record.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.

Sign up via Eventbrite HERE

History of The Black Lunch Table[edit]

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) 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.

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About Red Bull Arts Detroit[edit]

Red Bull Arts Detroit is an experimental, non-commercial arts space offering an artist residency, curatorial and writing fellowships, and local micro-grants. With physical locations in New York and Detroit, Red Bull Arts focuses on extending the boundaries of exhibition making; supporting the production of new work by emerging and established artists; participating in and responding to the needs of local arts communities;and contributing to ongoing dialogue around contemporary issues and thought. The organization is dedicated to the cultivation and advancement of the arts.

Red Bull Arts Detroit

Event details[edit]

  • Date: Sunday, May 18, 2019
  • Time: 2pm-6pm
  • Location: Red Bull Arts Detroit, 1551 Winder St, Detroit, MI 48207
  • Who should attend: Artists, historians, students, photographers, 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 edit-a-thon 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]

Suggested artist pages for revision and/or creation! This is our master task list of visual artists of the African Diaspora who are under-represented on Wikipedia. Please add a name if you know someone appropriate who needs a page or needs editing. Please do not add an artist who has a substantial page. We are trying to create new pages and beef up under-represented ones.

  • Etherpad: BlackLunchTable - List the article you're working on in this live doc to keep track and avoid duplicate work!
  •   denotes Infobox is needed

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 birthplace place of death residence educated at
Alvin D. Loving Detroit New York City University of Michigan
Gabrielle Civil Detroit Detroit University of Michigan
New York University
Gilda Snowden Detroit Wayne State University
Hughie Lee-Smith Wayne State University
Jibade-Khalil Huffman Detroit
Kara Springer Bridgetown Toronto
OCAD University
University of Toronto
École nationale supérieure de création industrielle
LaShun Beal Detroit Houston
Leo Robinson Washington, D.C. Boston Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Howard University
Cranbrook Academy of Art
McArthur Binion Macon Chicago
Wayne State University
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Ming Smith Detroit Howard University
Nick Cave Fulton Chicago Kansas City Art Institute
Cranbrook Educational Community
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Oliver Jackson Detroit New York City
Robert S. Duncanson Fayette
Seneca County
Detroit Cincinnati
Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze Nigeria Brooklyn Temple University
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Teka Selman Detroit
Tyree Guyton Wayne State University
College for Creative Studies
Marygrove College
William Joshua Blackmon Albion Detroit Milwaukee
End of auto-generated list.


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