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

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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2017-18 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.
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The Jewish Museum successfully hosted our first edit-a-thon, increasing visibility of and scholarship on women artists in the collection through community engagement. As this was our first edit-a-thon, participation was not as high as we anticipated, but those who attended were enthusiastic about our goals and many were editors who visiting the Museum for the first time or Museum constituents who were new to Wikipedia editing. We hope that this will be an annual event and that attendance, and therefore the amount of edits, will increase each year.


Please report on your original project targets.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
1 event 1 event
75 participants 50 participants
25 new editors 30 new editors
25 articles created or improved 100 articles created or improved


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What worked well?

Complimentary programming related to the event goals and the Jewish Museum's new collection exhibition worked very well and was a highlight for many attendees. Artists Joan Semmel and Arlene Shechet joined guests for an hour long talk in the Museum's galleries discussing their work on display and their careers as women artists. This was a meaningful way to kick off the event and opened up a conversation about the representation of women artists in museums.

What did not work so well?

Though all attendees were enthusiastic and engaged in the program, the majority were first time editors and brand new to the concept of Wikipedia editing. Therefore, it took much longer than expected to get everyone set up and comfortable with the platform and we had to focus on making small edits or adding credits to existing articles or stubs.

What would you do differently next time?

The Jewish Museums plans to host an edit-a-thon next year and we hope to run the program for entire day, rather than 4 hours as we did this year. This will allow for more substantial training and editing time and increased attendance overall for people that may not be able to make it to a specific few hours in the afternoon.


Grant funds spent[edit]

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

The entire grant award of $1,350 was spent on the 2018 Jewish Museum Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. The total cost for the event was $1,417.54 and the remaining expenses were covered by the Museum's public programs budget.

  1. Food and drink = $772.96
  2. Local travel costs for presenters/artists = $44.58
  3. Miscellaneous supplies, printing costs, photography = $600

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any remaining grant funds?

No, all grant funds were spent.

Anything else[edit]

Anything else you want to share about your project?

Photographs by Sara Wass