Wikipedia:Meetup/Boston/Art+Feminism MIT 2017

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MIT Libraries
2017 Art+Feminism
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
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When and Where
Date:Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time:11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address:77 Massachusetts Ave, Building 14N-132
City/State:Cambridge, MA 02139

Art + Feminism is a global initiative made up of “students, librarians, professors, artists, art workers, and art lovers” who meaningfully enhance “the body of knowledge available about feminism and the arts on Wikipedia” ( MIT libraries and community are a part of this project, and this year we are hosting an Art + Feminism Event on Saturday March 11, 2017, from 11am-4pm.

Our theme focuses on the art of comics, graphic novels, and zines, but participants are welcome to work on any topic related to Art + Feminism. No experience editing Wikipedia is required -- we will offer Wikipedia training, and experienced Wikipedians will be on-hand for one-on-one help. The event will also feature hands-on creative activities, including zine making and basic cartooning.

Please be aware of our Safe Space Policy.

Event information[edit]

  • Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
  • Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Who: Anyone with a laptop! No advanced technical skills required!
    While all participants of all genders are welcome to sign up, this event is focused on encouraging women editors.
  • What to bring: A laptop computer (extension cords and power strips are also nice); computers will also be available
  • Where:
  • Participate virtually! Please hashtag #ArtAndFeminism to contribute to the international campaign.
  • To keep track of edits use hashtag #NowEditingAF
  • RSVP encouraged: Sign up directly below or via Eventbrite. This event is free of charge.

Those working on articles and are on social media should list the page they are working on and add #NowEditingAF.

Images from today's event can be added to the ArtandFeminism 2017 category on the Commons. Here are some images from the day's event!


  • To encourage inexperienced editors (especially women) and show them how they can contribute to Wikipedia
  • To improve a selection of Wikipedia articles related to women in comics - artists, writers, characters, and women in the visual arts in general
  • To increase awareness of the research resources freely available through libraries, archives, and museums


We will be having an introductory training session near the beginning of the day, as well as a zine making workshop throughout the day. Exact schedule to come. Drop in anytime throughout the day.


  1. Do I need to have any Wikipedia experience to participate? No experience required! However, you may wish to register a user account on Wikipedia in advance of the event.
  2. Do I need to have extensive knowledge on visual arts? Nope! You will be finding information about the artists through our resources. The important thing is knowing how to choose a good source to get your information from.
  3. your question here

Participants - Sign Up Here![edit]

Wikipedians editing
Wikipedians editing
Wikipedians editing

Prior to the event:

Do you have a Wikipedia User Name?
No? use THIS LINK to sign up for a Wikipedia account (or sign in with your existing one), and join our Event Dashboard.

The Event Dashboard shares your WP data Joining our event dashboard allows you to share data about your Wikipedia contributions with the entire A + F event.

Once you have an account Add your username with four ~
Gkuriger (talk) 19:40, 12 February 2017 (UTC)
Rtbhive (talk) 20:01, 12 February 2017 (UTC)
Amyc29 (talk) 13:59, 13 February 2017 (UTC)
Librariahna (talk) 14:11, 14 February 2017 (UTC)
— PCB 15:49, 6 March 2017 (UTC)
Leisurely historian (talk) 16:45, 11 March 2017 (UTC)
Venlejes (talk) 20:17, 6 March 2017 (UTC) i'm going to participate remotely for a bit! :)
Yakokhalas (talk) 15:34, 10 March 2017 (UTC)
LokiSix (talk) 17:56, 11 March 2017 (UTC)
Bell79 (talk) 18:19, 11 March 2017 (UTC)
Xplorecre84give (talk) 19:19, 11 March 2017 (UTC)
Don't worry! If you haven't edited Wikipedia before and don't have a Wikipedia User Name yet, we will help you on the day of the event! And remember to have fun!

Resources for citations[edit]

Websites, library catalogs, & databases[edit]

List of articles to work on[edit]

Volunteers should feel free to add the names of notable women in the arts who need a better Wikipedia presence, especially ones whose articles could be improved by the inclusion of research resources. The list is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather to provide a starting point for work by edit-a-thon participants. If you are not sure where to start, don't hesitate to ask for help! Please add the #ArtAndFeminism tag to all edits on Wikipedia made for this event.

Articles in need of improvement or expansion[edit]

Example articles[edit]

Results / Outcomes[edit]

Articles created[edit]

Articles improved[edit]

Article under construction template[edit]

Artist biography article template[edit]

Additional resources[edit]

Adding a Sandbox[edit]

If you have a username, you can create your own sandbox in your userspace. You can find your user sandbox here. (And if it doesn't exist yet, feel free to create it!) For easy access, there is a "Sandbox" link at the top right of every page. You can also put {{My sandbox}} on your userpage.

Choosing the best form of name[edit]

Need help choosing the best form of name for a new biographical article? Try Getty Union List of Artists Names and/or Library of Congress Name Authorities

Useful templates for artists[edit]

Adding artist infoboxes[edit]

The template for artist infoboxes is here: Template:Infobox artist

Artist stub templates[edit]

Help after the event[edit]

  • The Wikipedia Teahouse, a friendly place to ask questions and help new editors get started
  • WikiProject Women Artists, an ongoing WikiProject dedicated to ensuring quality and coverage of biographies of women artists
  • N.B. There is an IRC channel if online participants need help:

External links[edit]