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Black Lunch Table
with Studio Museum @ Schomburg
NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Schomburg Center
When and Where
Date:Saturday, September 19, 2018
Time:2:30 pm – TBD ET
Address:Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd)
New York, NY, 10037
Studying an interesting problem

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) project will host an edit-a-thon focusing on important but underrepresented women visual artists of the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora from 2:30 pm – TBD on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd), New York, NY, 10037. A training session will be held at the beginning, but help is available throughout the event.

Photographer Andrea Cauthen will be taking free portraits for Wikimedia Commons in our Black Lunch Table photo booth!

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

Event description[edit]

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) project at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture hosted by Studio Museum in Harlem will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of women visual artists from the Afro-Caribbean 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 Together we will create historical documents that respond to the urgent need for a reconstruction of the art historical record.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.

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 10 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 the Schomburg Center[edit]

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of The New York Public Library is generally recognized as the world’s leading research library devoted exclusively to documenting the history and cultural development of peoples of African descent worldwide. From its founding in 1925 during the Harlem Renaissance, the Center has amassed vast collections of over 10 million items. More here.

About the Studio Museum in Harlem[edit]

The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.

More here.

About photographer, Andrea Cauthen[edit]

Andrea Cauthen is a Jamaican-American interdisciplinary visual artist and photographer based in New York City whose work explores issues of home, ancestry, family and belonging. Andrea combines her years of color + print design for the fashion industry, and visual arts to experiment with silkscreen, color development, digital art, collage, illustration and photography in her artistic practice. Her work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, National Geographic, Riddim Magazine, ARC Magazine, Bloomberg Business Week, and many others. She recently has contributed as a photographer to MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora co-edited by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and Adama Delphine Fawundu.

More here.

Event details[edit]

  • Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • Time: 2:30 pm – TBD
  • Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd), New York, NY, 10037
  • 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 #studiomuseum #schomburg
  • 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
  • Can't make it and want to know where to start? Click here.

Uploading photos[edit]

Possible articles to edit[edit]

Suggested artist pages for revision and/or creation! This event-specific list focuses on important New York area 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!

You can suggest artists here who fit our scope but are missing from our table below:

Afro-caribbean women artists[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
Ana Mendieta female performance artist
visual artist
land artist
Havana Havana
Belkis Ayón female lithographer
Havana Havana
Busejé Bailey female visual artist
Jamaica Halifax
Camille Turner female performance artist
Kingston Toronto
Celeste Woss y Gil female painter Santo Domingo
Clara Ledesma female painter Santiago de los Caballeros
Dawn Scott female visual artist
Mandeville Jamaica
Denyse Thomasos female painter Port of Spain
Dionne Simpson female visual artist Jamaica Toronto
Dominique Fontaine female curator Port-au-Prince Montreal
Dorothy Henriques-Wells female visual artist Jamaica
Saint Andrew
Washington, D.C.
Ebony G.Patterson female visual artist Kingston
Edra Soto female visual artist Puerto Rico Chicago
Elsa Núñez female painter Santo Domingo
Firelei Baez female visual artist Santiago de los Caballeros New York City
Gwendolyn Knight female sculptor Bridgetown
Iliana Emilia García female visual artist Santo Domingo
Jasmine Thomas-Girvan female visual artist Saint Andrew Maraval
Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow female performance artist
visual artist
Manchester Parish
Joiri Minaya female visual artist
performance artist
New York City
Dominican Republic
Juana Valdes female visual artist Cabañas
Kara Springer female industrial designer
visual artist
Bridgetown Toronto
Margaret Rose Vendryes female visual artist
María Magdalena Campos Pons female painter
Matanzas Matanzas Province
Marlene Lewis-Weinberger female visual artist
art director
multimedia artist
Michèle Pearson Clarke female writer
Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago
Nicole Awai female visual artist
media artist
Port of Spain Austin
Rosalba Hernández female Santo Domingo
Sandra Brewster female visual artist
art education
community organizer
multimedia artist
Toronto Pickering
Port of Spain
St. Norbert, Winnipeg
Cape Town
Scherezade García female visual artist Santo Domingo
Shoshanna Weinberger female visual artist Kingston
Soraya Jean-Louis McElroy female visual artist Haiti
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


Extended content
Outreach Dashboard
  • Articles Created: 0
  • Articles Edited: 21
  • Total Edits: 74
  • Editors: 12
  • Words Added: 945
  • Article Views:
  • Commons Uploads: 32


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