Wikipedia:Meetup/DC/SAAM African American Artists Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

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Smithsonian American Art Museum viewed from G St. NW, Washington DC
Editors at the Women in Tech Edit-a-thon hosted by the Tech Lady Mafia, April 2015
Previous Wikipedia Editathon in the museum's MacMillan Education Center
April 2015 STEM Editathon with Tech Lady Mafia
Participants can earn the SAAM Barnstar!
Smithsonian American Art Museum - Third floor mezzanine - 2012-07-08

We will get together to improve content related to African American artists. Beginners are welcome! Wikipedia training will be provided. And follow our event on Twitter with the hashtag #AAArt and #GLAMwiki!

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

Which articles are you working on? Let us know on OUR ETHERPAD



  • Sunday, February 17, 2019 at SAAM
  • 10:00 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, and arrive promptly at 10:00. 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!


Time Activity Location
10:00 a.m. Check-in at the 8th & G Streets NW entrance Entrance, SAAM
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour 3rd floor, SAAM
11:00 a.m. Introduction to Editing Wikipedia 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. To register, please write your username below, or send an email to linthicumr [at]

I'll be there in person![edit]

  1. LinthicumRyanR (talk)
  2. Gamaliel (talk) 17:30, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
  3. Sarasays (talk) 21:09, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
  4. Fuzheado | Talk 10:30, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
  5. Prose-proem (talk) 18:21, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

I'll be attending virtually![edit]

--Heathart (talk) 16:06, 4 February 2019 (UTC)

--Auriri (talk) 00:19, 13 February 2019 (UTC)


(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!

  • your name here

To-do list[edit]


Feel free to add your own!

Harlem Renaissance artists[edit]

Below is a table of articles on Harlem Renaissance artists showing which articles need added or updated.

Wikidata applications[edit]
  • There is a Wikidata item created just for this project, which is wikidata:Q61746628 - SAAM African American Artists. This can be used for any Wikidata item by setting property wikidata:P5088
  • TABernacle is another way to edit the Wikidata entries. See this table to see how. [1]
  • One idea is to build out the Wikidata connection graph for these artists, to see what connections they might have. This post by Martin Poulter, University of Oxford Wikimedian in residence, shows a cool way to use SPARQL to find connections. [2]
    • Sample "connection" query [3]

The information was taken from this 2012 Smithsonian exhibition checklist PDF and entered and evaluated by American University students at this edit-a-thon the same week.

UPDATE as of 2019 - This spreadsheet is a live look at the same content below. Anyone can edit in Google Spreadsheets [4]

Column 3 is the assessment showed by hand (talk page), and Column 4 is the output of the Rev score meta:Objective_Revision_Evaluation_Service. Using the sortable table below, attendees at the edit-a-thon can quickly identify missing articles, and find the lowest rated ones that need the most work.

Name Wikipedia Link Wikipedia Score Rev Score
Allan Crite C C
Alma Thomas B GA
Beauford Delaney B A
Benny Andrews Start Start
Bob Thompson Start Start
Charles Searles No Wikipedia Article N/A N/A
Claude Clark Start C
Clementine Hunter C B
Earlie Hudnall, Jr. No Wikipedia Article N/A N/A
Eldzier Cortor Start C
Elizabeth Catlett Start GA
Ellis Wilson Stub Start
Emilio Cruz C A
Felrath Hines Unassessed Start
Frank E. Cummings iii No Wikipedia Article N/A N/A
Frederick Brown Stub C
Frederick Eversley Unassessed Start
Gordon Parks C GA
Hale Woodruff Start C
Herbert Gentry Start C
Horace Pippin Start B
Hughie Lee-Smith Start C
Jacob Lawrence C C
James A. Porter B B
James Hampton (artist) C C
James Van Der Zee B Start
John Scott Unassessed C
John T. Biggers Start C
Joseph Delaney Start Stub
Keith Anthony Morrison Stub B
Keith Morrison Stub B
Kenneth Victor Young No Wikipedia Article N/A N/A
Lois Mailou Jones C C
Lonnie Holley Start Start
Lynette Youson No Wikipedia Article N/A N/A
Malvin Gray Johnson Unassessed Start
Marilyn Nance No Wikipedia Article N/A N/A
Mel Edwards Start C
Norman Lewis Start C
Renee Stout Start C
Richard Hunt (sculptor) Stub Start
Richmond Barthéé Start B
Robert McNeill No Wikipedia Article N/A N/A
Romare Bearden C GA
Ronald L. Freeman Unassessed Start
Roy DeCarava Start Start
Sam Gilliam Start C
Sargent Claude Johnson Unassessed C
Selma Burke C C
Thornton Dial Start C
Tony Gleaton No Wikipedia Article N/A N/A
William H. Johnson Unassessed GA
Nelson A. Primus B C

Notable African American Artists[edit]

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