Grants:Project/Rapid/Art+Feminism 2020 San Diego
Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.
Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.
- Recruit new editors in San Diego, particularly women, although events will be open to all)
- Increase skills for existing editors
- Add or improve content to increase visibility for womxn and female-identified artists, activists, and cultural institutions relevant to the San Diego community
Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:
1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings? We are planning a series of 2 edit-a-thons, one in the Spring (March 2020) and one in the Fall (October 2020) in the lead up to the presidential election. These events will focus on women and women-identified artists, activists, and cultural institutions relevant to the San Diego community. Related guest speakers, panel discussions and women empowerment-themed art exhibits will also be planned in conjunction with the edit-a-thons.
2. How will you let your community know about the event? Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions. We will be posting notice of the event on the website of our two host organizations, using social media to market the events, attending local community events for in-person outreach, and distributing flyers around the San Diego community. We have posted notifications on the portals for WikiWomen project and WikiProject Biography/Arts and Entertainment, asking for support to develop work lists and to volunteer to be mentors to new editors during the editathon series. There have been discussions with local community organizations (such as You Belong Here and the Athenaeum Art Center) where we have asked for advice from people on how best to organize these events and engage the local community. We are also emailing the Art+Feminism ambassadors for the region and the local San Diego Wikipedia group to ask for guidance on finding experienced editors to volunteer at the editathons.
3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event? We are reaching out (as mentioned above) to various groups to find experienced editors to help lead editathons and to support participants. The lead organizer of the event has extensive experience with planning and executing events as well as marketing and fundraising.
4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them? We will host the events in a large brightly lit community center space that has large communal tables and chairs. The event organizer will create and provide one-sheets with resources and helpful instructions for the participants. Participants will bring/provide their own laptops for editing and creating articles. Participants will be encouraged to create user accounts and practice editing prior to the editathon. For those who come to the event with no experience, trainings will be provided throughout the event, along with on-site volunteers and printed reference sheets to assist participants in between trainings. Since we know that learning how to edit and create articles can be intimidating, our goal is to provide a welcoming atmosphere for those new to editing and assist them in learning the basics so they feel comfortable and encouraged to continue editing after the event.
5. How will you engage participants after the event(s)? The event organizers and online mentors will send a thank you message to new editors after the event, thanking them for their participation, providing resources and topic ideas/inspiration, highlighting the importance of this work, and encouraging them to continue editing and adding articles. We will monitor the work done by new editors between events so we can answer questions, offer inspiration, ideas, and feedback. We will also start a Facebook group for editathon participants to talk and an Instagram page for participants to highlight the work they are doing!
6. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?
How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:
- Number of events: 2
- Number of participants: 60 (30 x 2)
- Number of new editors: 40
- Number of of articles created or improved: 80
- Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events): 15
What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding). So far we have two lead co-organizers for the event. Art Center staff will help us with resources and are providing the venue for free.
What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount. Food/drink/hospitality = $250 x 2 events = $500 Liability insurance for space = $250 ($125 x 2) Additional miscellaneous supplies = $300 (name tags, printing, paper, flyers, signage)
Total = 1,050 USD
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