Leslie C. Sotomayor
Penn State School of Visual Arts’ (SoVA) third annual Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon international event at Penn State’s University Park campus in March was a cross-disciplinary effort in revising, adding, and creating knowledge sources on Wikipedia. The edit-a-thon, hosted by Penn State Libraries and SoVA in honor of Women’s History Month, is a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on feminist artists, feminist curatorial practices, art pedagogy, and other subjects related to contemporary art and feminism absent from Wikipedia. The Art + Feminism Edit-A-Thon event seeks to revise, add, or create information on Wikipedia entries through a feminist lens. This effort has a global impact, as Wikipedia is a leading search engine for many throughout the world.
Julie Porterfield, institute and outreach archivist from Penn State’s Special Collections Library, and her team coordinated and facilitated a successful Art + Feminism event. In addition, Alyssa Carver, Kidd Collection archivist, also with Penn State’s Special Collections Library, inspired and led tutorials to get the group motivated for Wiki editing. Presenters Dr. Dana Carlisle Kletchka and Ph.D. candidates Indira Bailey, Christen Sperry Garcia, and Hyunji Kwon explained a focus of their research that needed to be addressed on Wikipedia. This facilitated collaboration for editing on site, including the creation of pages for Mary Godfrey and the White House Task Force on Women’s Rights and Responsibilities. The day ended with the Judy Chicago award presentations by Dr. Karen Keifer-Boyd.