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MoMA Announces Fourth Annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Last year's edition of the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at the Museum of Modern Art. MARILY KONSTANTINOPOULOU/VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Last year’s edition of the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at the Museum of Modern Art.

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For the fourth year in a row, New York’s Museum of Modern Art will host an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, the goal of which is to create Wikipedia entries for women artists. The event is slated for March 11.

This year’s edit-a-thon will feature a panel about information online moderated by Kimberly Drew, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s social media manager. She’ll be discussing fake news and how to find accurate sources on the internet with writer Joanne McNeil and Data & Society Research Institute fellow Zara Rahman.

Art+Feminism’s organizers—Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, McKensie Mack, and Michael Mandiberg—said in a statement that, with this iteration of the annual event, they felt it was necessary to address more than just gender parity. “Wikipedia is something that belongs to all of us. It’s not a privately held resource, its content isn’t motivated by the whims of any owners,” they said. “When you have a government actively pushing ‘alternative facts,’ improving the reliability and completeness of Wikipedia is an important act of everyday resistance.”

Those who aren’t in New York and can’t attend the MoMA event may still have an opportunity to attend similar edit-a-thons happening across the world this March. Art+Feminism edit-a-thons will also be held at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., among many other places. A full list of institutions hosting edit-a-thons is available at Art+Feminism’s website.

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