Art+Feminism is a non-profit organization that leads an international campaign to improve coverage of cis and trans women, gender and the arts on Wikipedia through organizing in-person training and editing events. The majority of Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thons take place in March of each year but groups also organize independently under the banner of Art+Feminism throughout the year. Since 2014, over 18,000 people at 1,260 events around the world have participated in our edit-a-thons, resulting in the creation and improvement of nearly 84,000 articles on Wikipedia and sister projects.
Art+Feminism kicks off our 2024 campaign “Solidarity! Solidarity. Solidarity?: We're (not) all in this together!” where we call for a deeper reflection of what solidarity means and what it looks like in practice and action. We invite you to learn with us as we unpack “solidarity” and how we can transform banner statements into action.
Beginning in January 2024, A+F will be rolling out programming around our theme. We also welcome you to organize an A+F event for this year’s campaign. Click here for the full campaign announcement.
Art+Feminism wants to reiterate the importance of health and safety as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the threat of monkeypox grows, affecting regions of our international community in varying degrees.
We know that many members of our community live in places where there are few to no restrictions on movement. Schools, museums, libraries, and other places where Art+Feminism events have been hosted in the past may be open. As you prepare for Art+Feminism 2023, we encourage you to consider:
What is safest for the most vulnerable people who want to or will attend your event, including the staff at venues where you’ve hosted your events and your community at large?
If holding an in-person event, what health and safety precautions are you taking? How are you communicating those precautions in advance? On site? How will they be enforced?
How can you create a meaningful way for the community to participate virtually? What are the accessibility needs for a virtual event?
We encourage you to organize a virtual event or create a meaningful virtual component to an in-person event, as a way of minimizing risks for those who are most vulnerable. Microfunding is available to help offset the costs for things like masks, eye protection, and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) along with tests, HEPA air purifiers and hybrid technology.
We have generated a separate list of considerations for COVID Precautions for In-Person Events including resources and recommendations around ventilation, masks, tests, communications, and examples.
Also, we put at your disposal our resources for virtual event organizers:
We also recognize that your personal capacity may not be what it was pre-pandemic. We see you–we are you! Our mission to close information gaps related to gender, feminism, and the arts (beginning with Wikipedia) is a marathon, not a sprint. And rest is an important part of marathon training. If you’re reading this, we value you as a member of this community. And if you’re unable to participate in any of these ways, we understand, and we look forward to when we can actively engage with you again.
Art+Feminism recognized at Wikimedians of the Year Celebration 2022
During Wikimania 2022, our team of regional leaders were recognized during the Wikimedians of the Year Ceremony. Below, please read the announcement from the Wikimedia Foundation and celebrate with us!
“Wikipedia and all other Wikimedia projects are made possible by hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world. Known as Wikimedians, we are united by a shared vision of a world in which knowledge is available to everyone, everywhere. Each year, Wikimedians who have made outstanding contributions to this cause are recognized through the Wikimedian of the Year awards! This special recognition dates back to 2011. In a first-time partnership with the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee, this year’s Wikimedian of the Year celebration also spotlighted affiliates whose invaluable contributions to the movement help it grow in content and contributors.”
We’re so excited to celebrate with you that Art+Feminism has been recognized for the 2022 Wikimedia Affiliate Spotlight – Partnerships!
As our executive director, Kira Wisniewski, stated in the video, this award recognizes how important the role of community organizing is within the movement.
This award truly belongs to these ambassadors and network organizers of Art+Feminism: Alison Baitz, Anthony B Diaz, Paula Dominguez Font, Medhavi Gandhi, Richard Knipel, Amanda Meeks, Jessie Mi, Jaison Oliver, Athina Petsou, Sophie Reverdy, Sadik Shahadu, Sofia Stancioff, Dominique Eliane Yao, and Zita Ursula Zage.
With recognition for the Art+Feminism Leadership team: Nina Yeboah, Melissa Tamani, Amber Berson, and Mohammed Sadat Abduali. And our board, Sarah Gonzales, Nana Osei-Kofi, and Kerrie Cotten Williams.
And to you! It our collective effort that so far in 2022, there have been Art+Feminism events in over 27 different languages. This award celebrates you, our Art+Feminism community. Congratulations to you and all the 2022 Wikimedian of the Year Award Winners!
We’re excited to be expanding our team and are currently hiring for an Administrative Associate. Do our mission, vision, and values resonate with you? Are you solutions-oriented with an instinct for collaboration? Have a knack for systems and operations and logistics? Are you energized to be an active participant in helping make Art+Feminism more equitable? Candidates are welcome to apply via online application through June 30, 2022.https://artandfeminism.org/about/opportunities
As we enter our ninth campaign year, we remain dedicated to building a community of activists who are committed to closing information gaps related to gender, feminism, and the arts, on Wikipedia (and beyond).
Yet we know, that in this third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, that our community of organizers has changed as many of you have had to reprioritize your lives around new familial responsibilities, job loss, the loss of loved ones, or other significant changes and have not been able to organize Art+Feminism activities. We do appreciate that you all have stayed connected as readers of our newsletters, donors to our fundraising efforts, and attendees of Art+Feminism events around the globe.
We are grateful that you have remained committed to this essential work. If you will be joining us this year, we want to reiterate our commitment to community care and ask that you do the same. If you’d like to join the campaign and organize an edit-a-thon, panel, or meetup, please contact us. We’ll connect you with a regional ambassador who can help you with your event planning.
If you’re curious but unsure about joining the campaign this year, we invite you to take a look at some highlighted events from last year’s campaign, Our suggested Timeline for Event Organizers, and our Virtual Event Resources.
No matter what your level of participation, we value you as a member of this community and look forward to engaging you in the years to come.
In Solidarity, Art+Feminism
PS You may have noticed we’re starting our annual campaign later than usual. If you’ve reached out to us recently, then you know we’ve spent several months working to develop equity and anti-racism policies and practices to ensure our operations align with our mission. We look forward to sharing these developments soon!
2022-2023 Art+Feminism WMF Grant Narrative [Feedback Opportunity]
As you may know, WMF has completely redone their grants program. We are applying for two-year funding for a Wikimedia Community Grant, covering January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023. We invite you, as an important stakeholder of the organization, to review and give feedback by October 28, 2021. Please use whichever version you’re most comfortable with (please note, WMF has moved to Fluxx for grants and no longer will be using Wiki-Meta for grant applications; this version on Wiki-Meta is for the purpose of community review).
It is linked in both versions, but here is a direct link to the proposed budget: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UCyyDKqv2TvQgBTx9QwCCue7VVlk4Acery3cHwXNEQI/edit#gid=186697886
Please note, in the next board meeting, it will be an action item to approve this budget. We encourage the community to use the talk page here or on the Google Doc using the comments function to highlight questions, concerns, and also share affirmations. You can also email email@example.com.
Open call for artists to create an original, open-license work which helps to visualize Art+Feminism. The work will be used by the global Art+Feminism community in future Art+Feminism campaigns. The Call to Action Art Commission was established by Art+Feminism in 2017. Under this program, artists create a Creative Commons licensed work that is hosted on Wikimedia Commons. In 2021, we are celebrating the Global South, limiting applicants to artists located in regions where the curators of the call reside: African countries, Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
We’re interested in working with artists that align with our values (which centers all our work), sees their own art as a form of activism, and can help visualize what Art+Feminism looks like. Interested artists should fill out this brief form for consideration. Up to two selected applicants will receive a 2000$ (USD) artist fee for their work each. All applicants will be eligible to attend a workshop about WikiCommons on August 18.
Deadline to apply is August 16, 2021
Timeline, FAQ and application form (available in English, French, and Portuguese) is available on our website: artandfeminism.org
Art+Feminism is pleased to announce three new pieces hosted on Wikimedia Commons as part of the Call to Action Art Commission program by artists Gucora Andu (Kenya), Aditi Abhijit Kulkarni (India), and Thamires Fortunato Martins (Brazil). The new pieces by Gucora Andu and Aditi Kulkarni are available now on Wikimedia Commons. The work of Thamires Fortunato Martins will be available in mid-March 2022.
Art+Feminism team members and Co-curators Zita Ursula Zage, Medhavi Ghandi, and Juliana Montiero selected these three artists out of 85 applications to create original pieces of work that visualize Art+Feminism. The work will be used by the global Art+Feminism community in future Art+Feminism campaigns.
In our most recent open call, we celebrated the Global South, exclusively inviting applications from artists located in regions where the curators of the call reside: African countries, Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Each commission came with a 2000$ (USD) artist fee.
Call to Action art commissioning program was established by Art+Feminism in 2017 with the goal is to both highlight the work of contemporary artists and to expand the body of images available that represent the project.
In a historical moment typified by concerns about the proliferation of propaganda and misinformation online, we ask to what extent are contributions from and content about marginalized communities affected by guidelines about reliability in three language versions of the world’s largest crowdsourced online encyclopedia? This report takes on this question and addresses how Wikipedia trainers involved in the Art+Feminism movement approach the reliable source guidelines in French, English and Spanish Wikipedias. Based on community conversations and interpretative analysis of the guidelines, the report shows that on Wikipedia source authority is facilitated by social and technical processes which elevate the decisions of a small number of self-selected editors. Trainers play an essential role in translating guidelines and processes, and take on additional labor in managing editorial friction. We also highlight that translations of texts about reliability between different language versions of different language versions of Wikipedia tend to center Western knowledge formations. This report describes our methodology; our findings; and the effects for marginalized communities and readers writ large. Reliability should not mean exclusion: we end with recommendations for enacting more inclusive and diverse Wikipedias.
We write with enthusiasm inviting you to join this work in 2021 as we continue to address the gender gap and center the work of the work of women, feminist, BIPOC, queer, non-binary, and immigrant art and artists.
In the past few years, we’ve typically announced a theme we’ve set for the campaign, but this year we’re intentionally welcoming you to organize on a theme or topic that is the most relevant to you and your community.
To assist in this effort, as we celebrate Wikipedia's 20th birthday, we’re hosting a series of workshops for the community to connect and learn about what is happening in our various global communities and discuss and brainstorm different topics and themes together. (More details and sign up form here.)
As you contemplate joining our 2021 campaign, Art+Feminism wants to reassert our commitment to community care, which we released in November 2020. As the pandemic continues, affecting regions of our international community to varying degrees, we want to ask, “What is safest for the most vulnerable people who might want to attend your event?” To help aid that question, we’ve created virtual resources to help organizers (new and old) think about and plan a virtual event.
We also recognize that not everyone will have the capacity to organize an Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon. There are a number of other ways to participate in our campaign this year: