Feminist Wikipedia Editors Gather at UofLPosted: March 28, 2016
A global phenomenon, Art+Feminism, arrived in Louisville on Saturday, March 19th when Bridwell Art Library and the Hite Art Institute co-hosted a satellite Wikipedia event. Over the course of an afternoon, nine Wikipedians collaborated to write a new article about the International Honor Quilt (IHQ), an important community-based art project inspired by Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party artwork. Although the quilt has been acknowledged as a precursor to the well-known NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, no Wikipedia article had been created for the IHQ.
Co-organizers Trish Blair and Sarah Carter ran the event to teach community members how to create Wikipedia accounts, understand the anatomy of a wiki page, establish notability, and learn to code using wiki mark-up. One experienced Wikipedian drove in from Lexington to attend the event and provide her support. A grad student, community artist, UofL alumna, and regional quilter made up the rest of the work group.
Writing the article involved locating published sources documenting the quilt. This is where the Art Library’s collection of books and periodicals came into play. Wikipedians were able to locate books and articles in the library that mention the quilt’s origin and importance within Judy Chicago’s career. By the end of the day, the International Honor Quilt article was live on Wikipedia.
The Art+Feminism movement is in its third year, having held its inaugural edit-a-thon at the Museum of Modern Art in 2014. According to an article published last year, the movement’s goal is to simultaneously “close the gender gap in both content and participation in Wikipedia.” Louisville joined over 125 locations across Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, North and South America in holding a satellite event.