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Smithsonian American Art Museum viewed from G St. NW, Washington DC
In cooperation with Art + Feminism 2017
Wikipedia Editathon in the museum's MacMillan Education Center

Art and Feminism 2019 Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon!

Participants can earn the SAAM Barnstar!

Join us and take part in the annual international campaign to improve coverage of women, art, and feminism on Wikipedia. Beginners are welcome! Wikipedia training will be provided. Connect with the museum and the movement on Twitter: #atSAAM #ArtandFeminism #NowEditingAF

Hosted at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), and organized by SAAM and Wikimedia DC.

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Smithsonian American Art Museum - Art and Feminism 2017 Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon



  • Sunday, March 10, 2019 at SAAM
  • 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT

NOTE: the museum does not open to the public until 11:30 a.m. Those wishing to gain access for the 10:30 a.m. behind-the-scenes tour MUST RSVP in advance (below), and arrive promptly at 10:30 a.m. If the tour has already departed, latecomers may have to wait until 11:30 a.m. to enter.

What to bring[edit]

  • A laptop (tablets can work, but the editing experience is much easier with a keyboard)
  • Any research resources you would like to refer to.
  • You're welcome to bring your camera and take pictures!


Please use the Etherpad link below to share what you are currently editing. Remember to type 'Done' or 'Finished' when you are through making changes.

Etherpad for this event


Time Activity Location
10:30 a.m. Check-in at the 8th & G Streets NW entrance Entrance, SAAM
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of American art
11:00 a.m. Introduction to Editing Wikipedia MacMillan Education Center, SAAM
1:00 p.m. Lunch, provided in MacMillan Education Center, SAAM MacMillan Education Center, SAAM
3:00 p.m. End


  • MacMillan Education Center in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, located at 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004 (the building that is shared with the National Portrait Gallery).
    • WMATA Metrorail stops:
      • Gallery Place/Chinatown (green/yellow/red lines): from the 9th & G entrance, the Museum is right outside
      • Metro Center (red/orange/blue/silver lines): use 11th & G exit, walk two blocks east on G, and the Museum will be on your right.
    • Bus: Take the DC Circulator or any of the following WMATA bus lines to the Museum: 42, 64, 70, 74, 80, D6, P6, S2, S4, X2
    • See also: WMATA trip planner (mobile version)
  • If arriving after the museum opens at 11:30 a.m., ask information desk or the security officers to direct you to the MacMillan Education Center. It is at the west end of the building, closer to the F Street entrance, near the hallway with the "Experience America" and Folk Art galleries.

Sign up![edit]

This event is open to up to 45 in-person participants, and an unlimited number of remote participants, of all Wikipedia experience levels, from beginner to expert. Due to tour and room capacity, prior registration is required. if you plan to attend the 10:30 a.m. tour, please also email

[ RSVP Here! ][edit]

I'll be attending virtually![edit]

Can't make it to the event? You can participate online! Here's how it works:

If you're planning to join us online, you can sign up below:


(Add your name here.) If you can't make it in person or even remotely, you can still help by sharing the info with your friends and colleagues, and/or helping flesh out the To-do list!

To-do list[edit]


Please use the Etherpad link below to share what you are currently editing. Remember to type 'Done' or 'Finished' when you are through making changes.

Etherpad for this event


See Art + Feminism Tasks List

Women Artists in SAAM's Collections[edit]

RED links have no entries! Links to reliable sources for citations have been provided, when possible.

Folk Art[edit]

19th Century Art[edit]
20th Century Art[edit]
Contemporary Art[edit]
Textile Art[edit]
Female Gazes[edit]

The following list was generated from the print book "Female Gazes: Seventy-Five Women Artists," which had a list of women artists. One goal in the edit-a-thon was to check how many of these 75 had articles in Wikipedia, and what state they were in.

The method used for generating this from the printed book index might be useful for others to know about, utilizing a feature of Google Docs that does optical character recognition on PDF files:

  1. Take photos of the printed page with the list (index or table of contents) using a fairly high resolution camera (8 megapixesl), such as with your cell phone
  2. Make a PDF file
    1. On computer: Turn the JPG files into a raster PDF file (On Mac, use the Preview app). There are also sources online [32].
    2. On mobile: There are apps that can create PDFs directly from your mobile phone camera, such as Genius Scan or Scanner Pro.
  3. Upload the PDF file to a Google Drive account
  4. In Google Drive, right click on the PDF file, and choose "Open in Google Docs..."
  5. Google Docs will do optical character recognition on the raster file, converting it into text
  6. Clean up text as necessary
  7. Use Google Spreadsheets or some other method to convert "Smith, Jane" into [[Jane Smtih]] style wiki markup.

The 75 women artists pages generated from this method. The following list contains the artist pages that are incomplete:



WP:CREATIVE our requirements for articles on artists and other creative people.


  • Add your contribution here!