In a 2011 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors identify as female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate: suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages. Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well documented. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not. It demonstrates an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.
Since 2017, the Belkin has been committed to changing this!
Our relationship with Art+Feminism’s Wikipedia Edit-a-thon began in October 2017 when Christine D’Onofrio (artist and faculty in UBC’s Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory) discussed her involvement with the project during a presentation for the Belkin’s program Activism, Art and Archives at VIVO Media Arts Centre. Since then, the Belkin hosts an annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon with the Art History Students Association (AHSA), the Visual Arts Students Association (VASA), the UBC Music, Art and Architecture Library, faculty and students in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA), artist-run centres and local arts organizations.
Our goal is to increase the presence of women, LGBTQ2S+, gender non-binary, people of colour, Black and Indigenous artists who have a work in the Belkin’s collections and/or whose work has been in one of our exhibitions.
This year, the challenges presented by COVID-19 shifted us to a virtual sphere. The 2021 Edit-a-thon was held entirely online: 17 editors (participants) created 5 new articles, made 236 edits to 71 existing articles (Wikipedia pages), added 206 references and added a total of 15,500 words to existing and new pages. These articles have generated over 169,000 views.
We thank Yasmine Semeniuk (AHSA), Jayden Dreher (VASA), Christine D’Onofrio and Greg Gibson (AHVA), Sara Ellis (UBC Music, Art and Architecture Library), Denise Ryner, Laurie White, Moroti George, Kitt Peacock and Katrina Goetjen (Or Gallery), Debra Sloan (NorthWest Ceramics Foundation), as well as students in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory for joining us this year.
Together – since 2017 – 209 editors have created 96 new articles, made 2,085 edits to 413 existing articles and added 182,600 words. The articles have drawn over 1,003,800 views.
The Belkin is grateful to everyone who has contributed over the past six years and we’re looking forward to more! The reach of this project has been astronomical. Together, we are helping to mend Wikipedia’s representational imbalances and providing online presence for inadequately represented artists, curators and cultural workers. We hope you will join us next year and help defeat the patriarchy, one edit at a time!
In collaboration with UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory Instructor Christine D’Onofrio, and concurrent with Art+Feminism events worldwide, the Belkin Art Gallery invites participants of all genders and expressions to join in a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. Annually each March, art and feminist communities around the world converge to correct Wikipedia’s gendered biases, to bolster the representation of female-identified persons indexed within the ubiquitous online resource.[more]
Join us and help balance representational imbalances! This year, the Belkin invites participants of all genders and expressions to a virtual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. Each March, art communities around the world converge to help correct Wikipedia’s gendered biases and improve the content of under-represented persons on the tenth most visited site in the world.[more]
In conjunction with our fall exhibition Beginning with the Seventies: Collective Acts, join us for a talk by Christine D’Onofrio (UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory) and Heather Kai Smith (Emily Carr University of Art + Design).[more]
Join us and help balance the gender imbalance by creating and editing Wikipedia articles about female artists, feminist art movements, histories of cis and trans women and non-binary persons around the world. We will provide help for beginner Wikipedians, reference materials, and refreshments. Bring your own laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Don't Agonize. Organize." - Florynce Kennedy Learn how to become a Wikipedia editor in preparation for the on-campus Wikipedia Edit-a-thon taking place on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Belkin Art Gallery. For information about the workshop, contact email@example.com. More information about the world-wide Wikipedia Edit-a-thon can be found at Art+Feminism.
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon! Join us and help balance the gender imbalance by creating and editing Wikipedia articles about women, non-binary, people of colour, and Indigenous artists, and feminist and activist art movements. Each March, art communities around the world converge to correct Wikipedia’s gendered biases and improve the content of under-represented persons on the tenth most visited site in the world.