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The Newark Museum of Art/ Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon
The Newark Museum of Art and its community partners will be hosting an edit-a-thon to create and expand Wikipedia pages for underrepresented women artists, activists, curators, and art historians.
targetArt + Feminism, U.S. English version
start dateFebruary 25
end dateMarch 10
budget (local currency)$1,050 USD
budget (USD)$1,050
grant typeOrganization
non-profit statusyes
contact(s)• rjordan(_AT_)• emunoz(_AT_)
organization (if applicable)• the Newark Museum of Art
website (if applicable)

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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

The Newark Museum of Art is requesting $1,050 to support its edit-a-thon on Saturday, March 7, 2020. This edit-a-thon will be the first event of this kind at the Museum and the goal of the project is to recruit new editors in the Newark, New Jersey area, as well as improve the quality and quantity of content pertaining to women artists, activists, curators and art historians on Wikipedia.

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?

The Newark Museum of Art (NMOA) will be conducting one editathon session on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 10:00 am- 4:00pm.

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 Education Department at NMOA will be working in collaboration with a number of our community partners including: the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University, Newark, Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Women’s Studies Program at New Jersey City University, and the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey chapter who will all assist in the recruitment of editors along with the promotion of the editathon event. Additionally, the event will be promoted through the Museum’s social media channels on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as well as the Museum’s website.

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

To support two of the Museum’s facilitators for the day, we are in contact with Art+Feminsim and expect that they will provide a Wikipedian to be on site to guide the event. Three of the Museum facilitators have participated in edit-a-thons at other institutions and are considered proficient editors.

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

In order to help support editors during the editathon, the Museum will be providing participants with a list of suggested women artists, activists, art historians, curators, and leaders in the field who either lack Wikipedia pages or have stubs. We will also provide a robust guide of resources on suggested artists for research and archival material that editors can utilize.

The Museum will encourage participants to bring their own laptops or tablets, though we have been guaranteed three laptops from the Museum’s IT department for participants who may not have access to their own. The event will be held in the Museum’s Engelhard Court, which is WiFi enabled. Additionally, Museum staff will work with the Museum’s Librarian, Dr. William Peniston, to create a mini-library in the event space with books and archival material for researchers to use.

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

The Museum’s Education staff will administer a post-event survey where participants can share their feedback on the event, including suggestions for ways The Museum can improve future iterations of this event.

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

Working with Art+Feminism on this edit-a-thon project aligns with the Newark Museum of Art’s longstanding commitment to female leadership and promoting women artists. During 2019, the Museum appointed an all-female executive leadership team consisting of: Linda Harrison, Director and CEO; Catherine Evans, Deputy Director of Collections and Curatorial Strategies; Silvia Fantoni, Deputy Director of Learning and Engagement; and Sayaka Araki, Chief Financial Officer. Additionally, the edit-a-thon will fulfill one of Director Harrison’s strategic goals of creating an exciting and relevant 21st century visitor experience that is enhanced by state-of-the-art digital technology. Through cross-department and cross-organizational collaboration, the edit-a-thon will further the Museum’s mission to “welcome everyone with inclusive experiences that spark curiosity and foster community.”


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:

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

Project targets for the March 7, 2020 event: 1. Number of events: 1 2. Number of participants: 30 3. Number of new editors: 20 4. Number of articles created or improved: 10


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 Newark Museum of Art is the largest museum in New Jersey and one of the most historic and influential museums in the United States, ranking twelfth nationally in terms of its holdings. Founded in 1909 by museum pioneer and legendary librarian John Cotton Dana, the Museum allows for an educational and inspirational journey through 80 galleries of world-class collections including African, American, Asian, Classical art and Decorative Arts from Europe and the Americas as well as the largest natural science collection in New Jersey. The Museum serves 200,000 children, adults and families through exemplary exhibitions, innovative school and public education programs and its website. During the 2018/19 school year, 273 schools from 116 school districts in New Jersey participated in our education programs.

The Museum serves a local and regional audience that is economically and ethnically diverse, including individuals representing special needs as well as under-resourced communities within the greater New Jersey/New York metropolitan area. Significant beneficiaries of Museum resources include children ages 3 to 18 years, many from urban, under-served communities in northern New Jersey.

For the edit-a-thon event, the Museum will provide:

● research materials

● WiFi

● Three laptops

● A projector

● Staff support including:

Dr. William Peniston, Museum Librarian Catherine Evans, Deputy Director of Collections and Curatorial Strategies Elena Munoz, Curatorial Assistant Gwen Shaw, Mellon Curatorial Fellow Monisha Bernard, Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI) Intern

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

1. Food and drink $700.00

● Box lunch for 30 participants

● Coffee and tea available throughout the event

● Cookies and snacks available throughout the event

● Water and soft drinks available throughout the event

2. Event signage $100

3. Social media marketing $250

TOTAL $1,050


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  • Support Support Endorsed on behalf of Art+Feminism --Siankevans (talk) 15:43, 20 January 2020 (UTC)