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The Jewish Museum Third Annual Edit-a-thon
This grant would support the Jewish Museum's third annual Edit-a-thon on Sunday, March 8, 2020, which will help improve visibility and scholarship of women artists in the collection.
targetWikipedia (en); Art+Feminism
start dateMarch 1
end dateMarch 31
budget (USD)1500
grant typeOrganization
organization (if applicable)• The Jewish Museum

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Project Goal[edit]

This grant would support the Jewish Museum's third annual Edit-a-thon on Sunday, March 8, 2020, which will help improve visibility and scholarship of women artists in the collection.

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. Are you doing one edit-a-thon or training or a series of edit-a-thons or trainings?

We will be hosting one edit-a-thon on Sunday, March 8, 2020, on International Women’s Day, that will include a gallery walk through of the Museum’s temporary exhibition Rachel Feinstein: Mother, Maiden Crone, a training session on becoming a Wikipedia editor, and an open editing session. Participants will be able to participate both in person and virtually.

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’s event will reach individuals who are interested in our organization and programming, from an actively engaged community of staff, members, and visitors to a broader social media following, which includes more than 174,640 followers on Twitter, 47,525 followers on Facebook, 71,000 followers on Instagram, and 117,950 email subscribers. The event will also be featured on the Museum’s website, with general information, a schedule of the day’s events, and a link to RSVP. This event is a co-presentation with Art+Feminism and will be advertised on their website, and social media platforms to help spread the word to even more community members.

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

Carlos Acevedo, Digital Asset Manager, a staff member at the Jewish Museum, will lead the Wikipedia training event portion of the event this year. He is an experienced Wikipedia editor and holds a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute. Acevedo also led last year’s training that was very successful. Other experienced Wikipedia editors and staff members will be available for questions and editing support throughout the program. We would be happy to share the finalized training session plan with the Wikimedia Foundation once details are confirmed closer to the event date.

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

The Museum will provide edit-a-thon participants with training materials prior to the event as well as on-site tutorials. Participants will bring their own laptops and power cords, however the Museum will also provide a limited number of laptops to loan out for those who may not have one or are unable to bring their own. The event will take place in the Museum’s auditorium, equipped with WiFi and A/V tools as well. As in years past, we will encourage members of the Jewish Museum’s online community to participate remotely if they are unable to attend the event in person or live outside of New York City. Again, we will share finalized details for the event with Wikimedia once confirmed. Participants will have access to the Museum’s collection and exhibition history, made available online, as well as a list of references related to women artists to ensure the highest quality of content is written. As the event coincides with our exhibition, Rachel Feinstein: Mother, Maiden Crone, a mid-career survey of an important contemporary woman artist, the event will tentatively begin with a gallery walk through. We will also continue to offer a prize pack from the Jewish Museum Shop to the person who completes the most edits during the event. This incentive was very successful last year, and participants were excited about the prospect of winning products created or inspired by women artists.

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

As in past year’s we will follow up with participants after the event via email thanking them for participating and sharing the results of how many articles were added or improved. This email will also serve as an evaluation of the event where participants can provide feedback so that future events can be even more successful We will also share the stats of the event including how many articles were added or improved on the Museum’s social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as the Museum’s website. This will allow the entire Jewish Museum community to experience the impact of our event, remain connected to the organization, and inspire others to continue future Wikipedia editing.

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

The Jewish Museum is an internationally recognized hub for groundbreaking art and an essential cultural destination for people of all backgrounds. Through our unparalleled collection, distinguished exhibitions and related outreach programs, the Museum showcases world-class works of art through the lens of Jewish identity. As the only Jewish museum in the world dedicated to the interplay between artistic practice and the global Jewish experience, we fill a unique position in the Jewish community. Each year, the Museum serves 200,000 people annually, who represent all backgrounds, faiths, and ages. Our collection includes works of art from more than 300 women artists, many of which are under-recognized or not acknowledged at all on Wikipedia. Participants at our edit-a-thon will continue to reverse this issue and provide new information for the world to learn from and appreciate. This event is an important part of our renowned Education Programs that use our collection and exhibitions, as well at the themes they embody, to offer tailored programming for the general public, families, students, and people with disabilities. These offerings make the Museum a vital cultural resource for approximately 32,000 program participants served each year, who represent all backgrounds. With the success of the last two years of edit-a-thons as the Museum, we have decided to continue this event for a third year. At last year’s event 2 new articles were created and 33 existing articles were updated, with a total of 139 edits overall. We had 60 people attend providing a total of 93,600 words were added to Wikipedia articles on women artists. As this event continues to grow in popularity, we expect more participants create or improve articles at this year’s event


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 20
  4. Number of of articles created or improved 50


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 will be organized by full-time Museum staff member, Manager of Public Programs, Jenna Weiss as well as Director of Digital, Jia Jia Fei. Fei will oversee promotional efforts via the Museum's social media outlets and website as well as schedule email campaigns before and after the event. She will also ensure necessary digital resources such as WiFi Network capabilities are set up during the event. Weiss along with other Education Department staff will organize the overall event logistics for editing and training, and coordinate the gallery tour component with presentations. Weiss will also oversee event registration, check-in, catering, and staffing for the event.

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

1. Food and drink = $650, 2. Miscellaneous supplies, printing costs = $250, 3. Advertising: $300, 4. Shop merchandise by women artists to recognize exceptional contributions = $200, 5. Local travel costs for presenters/artists = $100 Total = $1,500 USD


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • Support Support Gkuriger (talk) 14:19, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Kudos to the Jewish Museum for hosting an Edit-a-thon! This is an incredible opportunity to share knowledge and increase representation in the arts. 21:27, 13 January 2020 (UTC)
  • I'm very excited to see this event return to the Jewish Museum. Art+Feminism's Edit-a-thon is such an important initiative, supporting artists and creatives who have been historically under-recognized on Wikipedia. WalnutBananaGramParsons (talk) 21:30, 13 January 2020 (UTC)
  • This is a great proposal and I fully support. --Siankevans (talk) 22:09, 14 January 2020 (UTC)
  • I am thrilled to endorse the third consecutive year of this very important event for the Jewish Museum and Wikipedia community! Vajiajia (talk) 21:39, 15 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support The Jewish Museum has done an excellent job two years running, and I support this plan to build on that effort. --Theredproject (talk) 16:01, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Support Cpfffr (talk) 19:36, 17 January 2020 (UTC)