Art+Feminism User Group/Reporting/Meta2017
The Art+Feminism User Group was recognized as a Wikimedia user group in September 2017. This report outlines the accomplishments and activities organized by the group between September 2016 and September 2017.
This report is essentially a summary of three other more detailed reports:
- Our APG Midpoint report for 2016-2017
- Our Metrics report for 2016-2017
- Our APG Grant Application for 2017-2018
We are waiting on outstanding accounting information from our fiscal sponsor, and will update this section once that information is available. You can see that we were still awaiting this information for our Midpoint Report. We apologize, but this has proven to be beyond our control.
In 2017, over 3,500 participants at more than 225 events around the world participated in Art+Feminism’s fourth annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, which took place across the month of March around Women’s History Month. This global effort created or improved over 6,000 articles on Wikipedia, almost twice the output of the 2016 events. In total, since 2014, over 8,000 people at more than 500 events around the world have participated in Art+Feminism’s Edit-a-thons, resulting in the creation and improvement of nearly 11,000 articles on Wikipedia. Some notable examples: Dorrit Black, Sara VanDerBeek, Joan Semmel, Judy Chicago, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Lucy Lippard, Emily Stackhouse, and Mary Course. These events are primarily held in the month of March, though groups hold events throughout the year under our banner. Over the past our years our events have experienced steady growth, from 31 to 75 to 179 to 228 events a year. We continue to be inspired by all the dedicated folks who make room in their busy schedules to share skills and improve a collectively held resource like Wikipedia.
As we say in our statement of beliefs, "The steps to encouraging a woman to be heard and to be visible in her community are fraught with resistance and ridicule. Beginning this project, we knew that our role would not only be to empower women - we use the most expansive definition of that term - to edit online but to stand with them as they are challenged by those who do not see value in their voice and who do not see value in them. Art + Feminism is about making Wikipedia better, as a tool for open access to reliable information, but it doesn’t end there. It’s about dismantling systems of thought that ignore the presence and input of women in the room and diminish or erase entirely their place in history."
During our March 2017 campaign, 228 events took place in 37 countries on all six inhabited continents and online. At least 4,105 participants created or improved 6031 pages, and uploaded 1587 images to Wikimedia Commons. Detailed outcomes from 2017 are here. You can see a graph of our growth model over the past four years.
Program and Events Dashboard
We transitioned from meetup pages to the Program and Events Dashboard. Ours was the first large campaign to do this, and this was effectively a stress test of the system. We published a long report in this section of our midpoint report.
We hired McKensie Mack as our program coordinator. We have documented the process in this section midpoint report
Media, Presentations and Resources
We garnered some more press, which you can see here.
Presentations and Conference Attendance
- We presented and held a Birds of a Feather meetup for the User Group at Wikimania 2017.
- We attended WikiWomenCamp 2017
- A representative attended Wikimedia Conference 2017, Berlin.
We have created a number of valuable resources, including:
- Diversity Audit
- UX/UI Review
- Organizer's Kit in English and Spanish and mobile versions
- Hiring learning pattern
- Hosting a multi site edit-a-thon learning pattern
- Creating a network of organizers learning pattern
- Ensuring your wiki project is inclusive learning pattern
- Conducting user experience research learning pattern
- Training Videos
- Logos and marks
- Brand Guide
- Beginner and intermediate training powerpoints
- How to organize an edit-a-thon lecture
- Wikidata Hackathon findings
- Call to Action Art Commision
- Art + Feminism Podcast