Grants:Project/Rapid/Jacob Lawrence Gallery/Art+Feminism Edit-a-Thon (Seattle, 2017)

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Jacob Lawrence Gallery/Art+Feminism Edit-a-Thon (Seattle, 2017)
Improving Wikipedia's coverage on queer and women artists of color.
targetArt+Feminism, Women in Red, Wikipedia@en, Wikimedia Commons
start date05/2017
start year2017
end date05/2017
end year2017
budget (local currency)600
budget (USD)600
grant typeindividual
contact(s)• wainer(_AT_)

Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.

Project Goal[edit]

  1. Recruit new editors, particularly of groups that are underrepresented in Wikipedia's editor makeup (women, people of color, queer identified)
  2. Increase skills for existing editors
  3. Add or improve content on queer and women artists of color

Project Plan[edit]


1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

At the moment, we are doing only one edit-a-thon with a pre-session workshop. Depending on the interest and attendance, this will become a quarterly activity.

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.

The event will be publicized in the University of Washington's official event calendar, as well as the calendars for the School of Art, Information School and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies. We will send out invitation in various UW listservs, as well as librarian and/or artist groups.

It will be on the front page of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery website. The facebook page is still under construction, but we plan to use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to spread the word.

We hope to also publicize the event in the Daily, the student newspaper, as well as the Stranger's event page.

We will also post flyers and posters throughout campus

3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event?

The Cascadia Wikipedia group will be involved.

4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?

A pre-event workshop will be held to those who want to gain more experience before the edit-a-thon. Training will also be provided on a rolling basis throughout the day.

We will provide laptops for those that indicate the need in the RSVP form.

A list of artists that need Wikipedia pages will be compiled and shared before the event.

5. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

We will send out an email thanking participants for attending the event and asking about their interest in attending other events of the same nature. Ideally, instructors will be present and will interested in using Wikipedia assignments in their classes.

Posters will be created with some of the new articles and put up in front of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery.

6. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

We’re hoping to have QTPOC artists speak at the event, but this is contingent on getting a rapid grant.


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:

  1. Number of events
    • 1
  2. Number of participants
    • 30 - 50
  3. Number of new editors
    • 20
  4. Number of of articles created or improved
    • 20
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events)
    • N/A


"What resources do you have?

We have a venue (the Jacob Lawerence Gallery at the University of Washington's School of Art + Art History + Design) and interns how can help in the visual identity and promotion of the event. We have the support of the local Wikipedia group, and the help of the Art+Feminism group. There are also the lists created by the Women in Red project.

What resources do you need?

  1. Food and drink = $200
  2. Child care = 6 hrs x $25 x 2 care providers = $300
  3. Miscellaneous supplies = $100 (name tags, power cords, swag)

Total = 600 USD

Our budget seems high, but we are adamant in supporting women and queer POC speakers and businesses.


  • This is a great initiative! I support this! Louize5 has the support framework to make this outreach editing event successful. The budget is reasonable. There's a lot of energy in this city to do things with Wikipedia; the more event planning there is like this, the better to tap into that energy and interest. Editing events have long legs. Shameran81 (talk) 21:03, 12 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Support. Louize5 has experience and (as noted) there is existing support in the community. --Mssemantics (talk) 14:26, 13 April 2017 (UTC)