Grants:Project/Rapid/Jewish Museum Edit-a-thon

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Jewish Museum Edit-a-thon
This grant would support the Jewish Museum's Edit-a-thon on March 11, 2018, which aims to add and improve visibility and scholarship of women artists in our collection.
targetWikipedia (en), Art+Feminism
start dateMarch 1, 2018
end dateMarch 31, 2018
budget (USD)$1,350
grant typeOrganization
contact(s)• gastrove(_AT_)
organization (if applicable)• The Jewish Museum
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Project Goal[edit]

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

  1. The Jewish Museum's Edit-a-thon will add and improve visibility and scholarship of women artists in our collection, by enhancing Wikipedia entries related to these topics.  

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?

We are hosting one edit-a-thon on March 11, 2018 and will offer training during the event. 

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 Jewish Museum is fortunate to have a robust social media following and an actively engaged community of staff, members, and visitors. With more than 179,000 followers on Twitter, 45,000 followers on Facebook, 53,000 followers on Instagram, and 75,000 email subscribers we will digitally reach a large number of individuals who are already interested in our organization and likely to participate in our programming. We plan to partner with outside, relevant organization like the Council of American Jewish Museums, the Jewish Women's Archive, and Art+Feminism to spread the word to even more communities. 

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

We will work with Art+Feminism to lead training with two or three experienced Wikimedia editors. Trained Jewish Museum staff members will also support editing and leading presentations about women artists in the Jewish Museum collection at the event. 

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

Participants will have access to training materials before the event and we will provide tutorials and demonstrations on-site during the edit-a-thon. The Museum will be able to provide a limited number of laptops, therefore all participants are requested to bring their own. With our own collection serving as inspiration for new and improved entries, access to the Museum's digitized collection (online) and exhibition history will ensure that participants can generate high quality content. We will also provide a list of reference references related to women artists. Our event space is also equipped with A/V tools and WiFi to support editors. 
Part of the event will also entail artist-led gallery tours of our new collection exhibition Scenes from the Collection, featuring seminal women artists in the Jewish Museum collection. Participants will be engaged by the materials developed for the exhibition, and encouraged to explore our website for deeper online research. 

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

We will send an email to all edit-a-thon participants following the event to thank them for attending, to share stats on how many articles we successfully added or improved, and to ask for feedback. Additionally, we will share information after the event on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with our entire community, and publish a recap on with photos, details on the event's impact, and information on how to stay involved with the Museum and Wikipedia editing. 

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

Founded in 1904, the Jewish Museum is one of the world's preeminent institutions devoted to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of art and Jewish culture from ancient to contemporary times. The Museum offers intellectually engaging, educational, and provocative exhibitions and programs for visitors of all religious and cultural backgrounds. The Museum’s distinguished exhibition history reveals a deep and rich exploration of Jewish culture and identity, as well as a dedication to commissioning new artwork and emerging and contemporary artists. The Museum maintains an unparalleled collection of 30,000 objects including fine art, photographs, archaeological artifacts, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media. More than 300 women artists are represented in our collection, many of which are significantly under-recognized or not acknowledged at all on Wikipedia. Participants at our first ever edit-a-thon will help us to upend this issue and provide essential, new information for all to appreciate.


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: 75
  3. Number of new editors: 25
  4. Number of of articles created or improved: 25
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events)


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).

The Jewish Museum's Edit-a-Thon is being organized by a team of full-time staff members, led by JiaJia Fei, Jenna Weiss, and Grace Astrove, who are all experienced Wikimedia editors. JiaJia Fei, Director of Digital, will handle promotional efforts on the Museum's social media outlets and plan all email campaigns before and after the event, as well as working with IT to ensure necessary digital resources such as WiFi Network capabilities. Jenna Weiss, Manager of Public Programs, will organize the overall event logistics for editing and training, and an additional gallery tour component with presentations by one or two collection artists. Along with Visitor Experience, she will oversee event registration, check-in, catering, and staffing. Grace Astrove, Senior Development Officer for Exhibitions, will secure financial support and reach out to relevant organizations in the arts, Jewish, and feminist community about partnerships. 

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

1. Food and drink = $750
2. Honorarium for presenters/artists = $200
3. Miscellaneous supplies, printing costs = $200
4. Swag to recognize exceptional contributions = $200


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!


This is such an important effort, I would love to attend! VReis (talk) 14:49, 15 December 2017 (UTC)

  • I can't wait--thank you for organizing.
  • This is a fantastic project and I would love to participate 15:08, 15 December 2017 (UTC)
  • I support the Jewish Museum's advancement and dedication to promoting Jewish culture and those influenced by it, especially celebrating the women artists that are part of the diverse collection. 15:11, 15 December 2017 (UTC)
  • This would be a great addition to the Art+Feminism lineup of events. Combining in-person gallery tours with access to the online collection will make for an engaging and inspiring editing experience. I hope this event happens so that I can attend! Aap1890 (talk) 15:20, 15 December 2017 (UTC)
  • This sounds important, I fully endorse this endeavor! Brooklynkat718 (talk) 15:22, 15 December 2017 (UTC)
  • This is such a great event--and incredibly important in this current cultural climate. I can't wait to participate. Stephy b123 (talk) 16:05, 15 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Timely indeed. Go Jewish Museum! Nighjonah (talk) 15:32, 18 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Such a wonderful idea and so timely right now. I'd definitely be interested! 14:49, 20 December 2017 (UTC)