Wikipedia:Meetup/DC/Women in the Arts 2017

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National Museum of Women in the Arts
2016 Art+Feminism
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
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When and Where
Date:Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time:10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Address:National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave. NW (Map)
City/State:Washington, DC 20005
Attendees at the 2015 Women in the Arts Edit-a-thon
Attendees at the 2014 Women in the Arts Edit-a-thon
Attendees at the 2013 Women in the Arts Edit-a-thon

In honor of Women's History Month and the ArtAndFeminism Wikipedia Project, the National Museum of Women in the Arts is organizing and hosting the fifth annual Women in the Arts workshop and edit-a-thon. The event will focus on improving Wikipedia entries related to notable women artists and art world figures. Activities will include new editor orientation and training. Coffee and lunch are generously provided courtesy of Wikimedia DC.

Please be aware of our Safe Space Policy.

Event information[edit]

  • Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 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: Photo ID and a laptop computer (extension cords and power strips are also nice)
  • Where:
  • Participate virtually by joining on Twitter at #ArtAndFeminism AND #NowEditingAF. Please hashtag both #ArtAndFeminism and #NowEditingAF in social media so that we can contribute to the international campaign as well as track our local contributions.
  • RSVP required: Sign up directly below or email This event is free of charge, but we will need an advance count of attendees.

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


  • 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 artists, critics, dealers, and other women in the visual arts
  • To increase awareness of the research resources freely available through libraries, archives, and museums


Women in the Arts Meetup & Edit-a-Thon - Schedule
Time Activity Location
10:00 Meet Great Hall at National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Ave. NW Washington, D.C.

10:00-11:00 Welcome and editing tutorial: Art+Feminism Lesson Plan
11:00-2:00 Research and Edit
12:00 Lunch and coffee generously provided by Wikimedia DC


  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

What should you work on?[edit]

Many of these names are drawn from current or upcoming NMWA exhibitions. 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!

Work on making info boxes[edit]

Articles to improve[edit]

Existing articles in need of improvement or expansion[edit]

New articles[edit]

Book artists[edit]

Articles to translated to English[edit]

New article requests[edit]

Resources for citations and images[edit]

Websites, library catalogs, & databases[edit]

Image sources[edit]

National Museum of Women in the Arts[edit]

Images of works created before 1923 from the National Museum of Women in the Arts Collection Highlights Page can be added to the appropriate Wikipedia page. Artists with images include Cecilia Beaux, Rosalba Carriera, Lavinia Fontana, Ellen Day Hale, Angelica Kauffman, Judith Leyster, Berthe Morisot, Clara Peeters, Elisabetta Sirani, Anne Vallayer-Coster, and many more.

Smithsonian American Art Museum[edit]

Numerous works of art appear on the American Art Museum website, though many have copyright restrictions. If you have questions about the specifics of using a particular image, talk to SAAM staff.

Additional resources[edit]

For NEW Pages: Preload Draft Template[edit]

Have a NEW page in mind? We strongly encourage new editors to utilize the "Start draft article" box below

If you do choose to begin a new article, please check with an experienced Wikipedian before starting to ensure that it meets notability requirements.
Once you have done that, use the form below to create a Draft article or select a subject below:

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

The template for notable people is here: Template:Infobox_person

Artist stub templates[edit]

Article under construction template[edit]

  • {{under construction | placedby = | comment = Article in progress, [[Wikipedia:Meetup/DC/Women in the Arts 2017]] }}

Artist biography article template[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:

Results / Outcomes[edit]

Articles created[edit]

Articles improved[edit]

Media coverage[edit]


External links[edit]

Participants - Sign Up Here![edit]

Event organizer Heatherslania (left) and Wikimedia DC President James Hare (right)
Wikipedians editing
Wikipedian editing
Wikipedians editing

Prior to the event:

  1. Do you have a Wikipedia User Name?
    No? Create a Wikipedia account
    Yes? Go to Step #2
  2. Sign up! Add your Wikipedia User Name to this section by clicking the blue button below (follow instructions). Your name will be added to the bottom of this page
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!

Dr. Stephanie M. Culver