Librarians, artists, and Wikipedians gathered again last Friday to put fingers to keyboards in the name of countering geocultural systemic bias on the 5th most popular website on the internet. The week prior, Fisher Fine Arts Library hosted the Black Lunch Table to focus on increasing visibility for Afrodiasporic artists and culture. For this event, WIKIArte, we turned our attention to Latin America.
After a training session on the why’s and how’s of Wikipedia editing and with the backdrop of an energetic playlist comprising work by prominent Latin American musicians, attendees set off once again to elaborate the artistic contributions from underrepresented communities by enhancing and creating articles. Unique to this event was another opportunity for increasing visibility – bilingual editors were able to contribute their language skills by translating pages in and out of Spanish to reach broader audiences.
Wikipedia edit-a-thons provide a chance for those interested in both art and in issues of social inequality to convene at GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) institutions and make measurable contributions to the fight against bias. Dedicating just a few hours and a site for both discussion and editing can ensure fair representation in both what Wikipedia offers (the content) and who says it (the editors). We hope you will join us for our final edit-a-thon event participating in the Art+Feminism initiative to improve coverage of cis and transgender women, non-binary folks, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia!
Please sign up using this link and we look forward to seeing you this Friday, April 19th from 1-4 pm in Fisher’s Foyer!