Grants:Project/Rapid/Art+Feminism CT 2021/Report
Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?
We are very happy with how our events. We had planned our event for 2020 and had to cancel due to Covid. We used the funds for our 2020 grant and further funds to expand our 2021 programming, though we still had to provide it all virtually. We hosted four events this year including a guest lecture, a virtual tour of a local art museum (the Wadsworth Atheneum), an all-day edit-a-thon with student and community artist performances, and a Wikipedia editing workshop for area faculty and archive/museum professionals.
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|Target outcome||Achieved outcome||Explanation|
|2 events||4 events||Instead of 2 edit-a-thons, we hosted 4 virtual events that engaged theme in addition to one edit-a-thon.|
|30 participants||173 attendees across 4 events||Our attendance breakdown was as follows:
Keynote lecture: 44
Virtual Museum tour: 42
Edit-a-thon with artist performance: 38
Teaching with Wikipedia Workshop: 49
|20 new editors||19 new editors|
|50 articles created or improved||38||Our event dashboard is available here: https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Trinity_College/Art_Plus_Feminism_CT/home|
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- What would you do differently next time?
We partnered with faculty to present a keynote on relevant research that was open to the public as a virtual event. We were really pleased with the turnout and with the way the talk allowed attendees a way into the central ideas of art+feminism in advance of the edit-a-thon. Similarly, a talk and virtual tour of the Wadsworth Atheneum grounded art+feminism in a local collection and was well attended.
This was the first year we partnered with a student club as collaborators and that was incredibly successful. This group, Nest Artists, was formed in part because of issues of access and representation in more formal art programs and were ideal and enthusiastic partners. We will definitely work with them next year as thoughtful and excellent co-creators. They helped us to promote the artistic performance we scheduled as a midpoint break during our edit-a-thon and it was successful as a space to showcase student and community artists.
The teaching with Wikipedia editing workshop was also very successful in drawing both local librarians and archivist/museum professionals in addition to local faculty. Our facilitator presented a really accessible program about the benefits of bringing editing into the classroom and we will be further collaborating on smaller events on our campuses to involve students and faculty directly.
The Edit-a-thon succeeded drawing international guests via virtual setting and regional guests from area institutions. We had a strong turnout to the artist performance at the midpoint of our edit-a-thon and attendance dropped off on either side of the performance window. We are workshopping if a better day of week (not a Friday) would be more attractive to potential editors. We are also working on incorporating editing into courses and hosting smaller edit-a-thons throughout the year to raise awareness about what to editing and remove any perceived barriers of entry to participating in an edit-a-thon.
Overall, we are very happy with how it went and feel we want to keep a virtual component even if we are in-person next year to allow for remote participation. We will also explore scheduling the edit-a-thon differently to encourage greater participation.
Grant funds spent
Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.
Raffle Prizes = $300
Logo designed by student artist group = $300
Art supplies for event ($728)
Local Artist Support: ($272)
Total Spent = $1600
Do you have any remaining grant funds?
In our 2020 grant we reported $1400 in artist support for a grant originally funding $1128.09. The difference (271.91) has been amended here to reflect the supplemental funding we’ve received through this grant to expand our 2021 event.
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