PNCA hosts Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

February 23, 2018


February 23, 2018

Contact: Linden How,

Portland, OR—February 23, 2018—For the second year, Pacific Northwest College of Art hosts Portland’s Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 10, 2018, in the Shipley Collins Mediatheque from 11am-4pm. This event is a part of the international Art+Feminism edit-a-thon campaign designed to improve coverage of gender, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia.

The edit-a-thon will include tutorials for those who have never edited Wikipedia before, ongoing editing support, reference materials, childcare, and refreshments. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate, particularly transgender and cisgender women.

Since the first Art+Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon was organized in New York in 2014, Art+Feminism edit-a-thons have been held annually all over the world, with participants creating and improving more than 11,000 articles. The efforts are in response to the fact that in a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as women which was reflected in an alarming gender gap in content in the world’s most popular online research tool.

Art+Feminism’s Edit-a-thons and other initiatives make an impact on the gender gap through crucial improvements to gender, feminism, and art related subjects on Wikipedia.

The four organizers of the first edit-a-thon set as goals, “amplifying the voices of women online and promoting Wikipedia as a site for challenging one of the ways women are silenced: through the preservation of information.”

This is the second Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon PNCA has hosted. It will include several presentations by Portland-based artists and scholars as part of the event. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops and charging cables, though all are welcome, and computer stations will be made available.

The Pacific Northwest College of Art Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is organized by Linden How, Reference & Instruction Librarian at PNCA's Albert Solheim Library, and Taryn Tomasello, PNCA alumna.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art Pacific Northwest College of Art empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. Founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, PNCA offers ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, seven graduate programs including Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate program, and Community Education courses for artists and designers of all ages.