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

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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2016-17 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.



Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?

We did meet our goals inasmuch as we engaged new and beginner users with Wikipedia. We had hope for a bigger turnout, but are still very happy with how the project went.



Please report on your original project targets.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Recruit new editors, particularly of groups that are underrepresented in Wikipedia's editor makeup (women, people of color, queer identified) 3 new users that self identify as women. We did not have a big turnout to the event, but of the 7 people who turned up, besides the two organizers, three were completely new to Wikipedia.
Increase skills for existing editors Increased skills for existing editors The Edit-a-Thon was a great platform to engage existing editors that only had small Wikipedia experience. They learned more about the foundations and functionalities of the online encyclopedia.
Add or improve content on queer and women artists of color 3 new articles created and published, 2 new articles still in draft form, 12 articles improved Focus for new users was to improve existing articles to get a feel for how Wikipedia works



Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

  • What worked well?
    • Location: Having the event at the Jacob Lawrence gallery was great. It was centrally located since it is on campus (and, thus, near multiple bus lines, bike paths and other forms of transit). It also allowed participants to engage directly with art while writing about queer and women artists.
    • Partnerships: We got help from the Art Librarian to come up with reference books that could be used at the day of the event. We also reached out to the Wiki Education Foundation to get educational pamphlets on editing Wikipedia. The expertise of the Cascadia Wikimedians was invaluable to the success of the event.
    • Swag: We made buttons and stickers with the logos for Wikipedia, Art+Feminism and the Jacob Lawrence Gallery that were a huge success.
    • Community engagement: Because of the grant, we were fortunate enough to be able to support local, women, queer and POC owned businesses and people to provide services for the event, like food, coffee and childcare.
  • What did not work so well?
    • Publicity: We had an unexpectedly small turn out, which begs the question on how well we publicized the event.
    • Scope: We believed that narrowing the scope of the event to "queer and women artists of color" would make things easier, but that still seemed like a broad theme: compiling lists of artists that needed articles was a bit daunting for the organizers, and choosing one artist from a seemingly endless list was hard for participants. Next time we could try to narrow it down even more (queer and women artists of color of the Pacific Northwest, for instance)
  • What would you do differently next time?
    • Publicity: Next time we could actively seek out teachers to encourage their students to attend the event.



Grant funds spent


Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.

  • Food: $174,37
  • Coffee: $18,00
  • Misc supplies (extra table + art supplies for kid activities): $91,91
  • Child care: $100,00

Total: $384,28

Remaining funds


Do you have any remaining grant funds?

Yes! $215,72

We would like to keep the remaining funds for a future edit-a-thon at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery (date TBD)

Remaining funds from this grant have been returned to WMF in the amount of $215.72.

Anything else


Anything else you want to share about your project?

Thank you so much for considering our grant and enabling us to throw this event!