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MoMA Hosts Fourth Annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

New York’s MoMA has announced that it is inviting people to join its 2017 Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 11 for a communal day of updating Wikipedia entries related to the subjects of art and feminism.

The museum will host tutorials for those unfamiliar with the Wikipedia site and will provide reference materials, childcare, and refreshments. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops as well as ideas for new entries.

The event is organized by Art+Feminism in collaboration with the Professional Organization for Women in the Arts (POWarts) and MoMA; it will be led by Siân Evans of the Art Libraries Society of North America’s Women and Art Special Interest Group; Jacqueline Mabey of Failed Projects; and Michael Mandiberg.

In a statement, the organizers said, “We’ve been deeply disturbed by the sheer amount of fake news on social media, and its possible influence on the recent US election.” They added, “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. When you have a government actively pushing ‘alternative facts,’ improving the reliability and completeness of Wikipedia is an important act of everyday resistance.”

Art+Feminism edit-a-thons will be held at various locations throughout the month of March, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. To learn more about how to participate, visit Art+Feminism’s website.