Grants:Project/Rapid/JaynaSwartzman/MCAM Art+Feminism 2018

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

Project Goal[edit]

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Recruit new editors
  2. Increase skills for existing editors
  3. Add or improve content
  4. Increase visibility of cis women and queer artists

Project Plan[edit]


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?

Mills College Art Museum (MCAM) is applying to host one editathon. This will be our first Art+Feminism Wikipedia editathon which we are organizing in collaboration with Mills College F. W. Olin Library. If the event is successful we aim to repeat it annually.

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.

In addition to being included on’s  2018 event calendar, the event is featured in multiple locations on the museum’s website,  A Facebook Event has also been shared with our 2000+ followers. The event will also be consistently highlighted across our social media platforms and an electronic announcement will be distributed to our mailing list of 3000+. Flyers have been printed and distributed on campus (student population of 1,311; faculty population 174). Within the Mills Community, I have personally recruited individual faculty members and department heads from the Studio Art, Art History, Music, Dance, English/Creative Writing, and French Studies departments to participate with their students and provide class/credits and or assignments for participation. In collaboration with students and staff, we have created a unique logo featuring the silhouette of un-sung ceramic glaze pioneer and former Mills faculty member, Elena Netherby. (We are collecting evidence of her notability so that we may add her to the Wikipedia record.) Finally, we have added unique programming elements to the event to provide inspiration, motivation, and editorial relief for participants and to attract fresh engagement from diverse field-experts. Mills College Center for Contemporary Music is compiling an LP featuring under-represented female composers from their archive which participants will be able to stream during the event. Our current Art+Process+Ideas artist-in-residence Indira Allegra will facilitate a ‘digital lounge’ where editors can code-switch within a less academic online-space in which they can celebrate and commiserate about their editing experience and the artists they’re illuminating. Our non-Mills partner, Canyon Cinema has agreed to loan us a curated film program featuring under-represented femme art-filmmakers from the Bay Area, which will be viewable at a video-station in the library with headphones.

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

Wikipedian Rebekah Edwards and students from her Queer Encyclopedia class will be participating as ambassadors, trainers, and guides for new editors on the day of the event. Rebekah Edward’s Queer Encyclopedia class has undertaken a tailored Wikimedia curriculum for the full semester and regularly practice editing articles, adding citations, creating stub pages and have also begun creating new articles. Rebekah has shared the curriculum and training videos with MCAM and library staff who have been meeting every Friday since January to practice editing. MCAM staff also participated in the 2017 MCAM Art+Feminism Wikipedia editathon hosted by California College of the Arts and has reviewed the editing guidelines and video provided by Participants will be provided links to these videos on the day of the event as well.

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

The event will take place in the Mills College Library. Participants will have access to all of the libraries resources including the library catalog, JSTOR, and ARTSTOR. Museums and Library staff are building a list of relevant and credible sources and reference books, highlighting women and queer artists, which will be pulled for participants and accessible on the day of the event.
Though participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, computers will be available in the library, and additional laptops have also been reserved from the College’s audio visual department. Guest WIFI will also be provided.
We’ve opened the event to editors of all skill levels to remove barriers to entry. We have provided links to training videos from on our website for beginner and intermediate editors. A number of trained volunteers will be available onsite for the full duration of the event.

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

MCAM has created a User Project Dashboard where we have invited participating editors to sign-up so that we can track our progress on the day of the event. We will distribute a thank you email the following week, reporting the contributions to visibility we made together. We will also include a link to a brief survey where participants can provide feedback on the event (outreach, coordination, and programming) which we will use to strengthen the event next year. We are happy to share this feedback with Wikimedia and During the event, participants will also be encouraged to sign up for our mailing list to be notified of future Wikipedia editathon training and events. Swag, in the form of tote bags/t-shirts/buttons, will be given to our trained volunteers. Swag also offers an afterlife of the event and serves as promotional tool for future events. All participants present on the day of the event will be provided with a raffle ticket for a chance to win a t-shirt or tote bag.

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

Mills College is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. Mills College is also the first women’s college to launch a policy for admitting transgender applicants. For these reasons and more, it is ideal for hosting an Art+Feminism Editathon. If successful, we aim to repeat the event annually and partner with a different academic departments to share the joy, power, and responsibility of contributing to the visibility of women and queers artists, and the importance of critical research.


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: at least 15
  3. Number of new editors: at least 5
  4. Number of of articles created or improved: at least 10
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events): N/A


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).

Mills College Art Museum is organizing this event in collaboration with Mills College F. W. Olin Library and the Mills College Queer Encyclopedia course. The event will be hosted in the College Library where participants will have access to the library catalog, JSTOR, and ARTSTOR. Computers and laptops will be available for participants who cannot bring their own. WIFI access will also be provided.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

Childcare ($180)      two childcare professionals at $15/hour for 6 hours Hospitality ($300): - Coffee ($75 3 Peets Coffee Carts @ $25 each) - Snacks, water & beverages ($175 at Trader Joes) - Compostable plates, cups, napkins, servingware ($50 from Safeway) Swag (Custom print t-shirts) $125      - 15 t-shirts for Volunteers and raffle winners $125 (based on estimate from Merch Monster) Supplies ($70)      - Printing flyers and informational handouts ($40)      - Names Tags ($5 for a pack of 100)      - Sharpies ($25 for a pack of 24) Outreach ($50 budget)   - Facebook Event Boost Post ($50 budget) Total: $725


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