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Mar. 6, 2017 12:31 pm

Help expand Wikipedia’s entries on women in the arts at these local edit-a-thons

The next Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in the Philly area is set for March 17 at the Moore College of Art and Design.

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at Temple in 2016.

(Photo by Albert Hong)

An average of 800 Wikipedia articles are being created per day, but there’s always more work to be done in making sure there’s information — correct information — on the people, places and events that have shaped our history.

Hence the many edit-a-thons being held where people gather to edit and create entries together, as well as learn how to do it themselves. Philadelphians have been pretty good at organizing these events, such as when Bryn Mawr College hosted an edit-a-thon for women in STEM or when WHYY’s Terry Gross wanted more entries on the guests she’s interviewed on air.

March is dedicated to the annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, started in 2014, in which people around the world gather to enhance the information available on women in the arts.

Temple University just hosted its edit-a-thon this past Friday and got some pretty good work done — 17 editors edited a total of 19 articles, with 137 total edits made.

With the Moore College of Art and Design set to host its event next on March 17, plus one at University of the Arts on March 18 and one at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on March 26, you still have plenty of time to get prepared and get involved.

The PMA even has a crowdsourced list of suggestions for entries to create and improve upon and as you can see, it’s pretty extensive. The list includes a bunch of historical figures such as painters Susan H. Bradley and Blanche Dillaye, who both studied at PAFA.

But there are plenty of people and organizations around today that we at Generocity feel could always use some fine-tuning with their entries — maybe someone like Michelle Taylor, a.k.a. Feminista Jones, program manager for Witnesses to Hunger.

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