Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Founded in 2014 by Eyebeam residents Michael Mandiberg and Laurel Ptak with collaborators Siân Evans and Jacqueline Mabey to address inherent biases on Wikipedia.
In a 2010 survey, it was revealed that less than 13% of Wikipedia’s contributors identify as female or non-binary. The practical effect of this disparity is an imbalance of who gets featured on Wikipedia – the balance is clearly skewed. Upon researching this disparity further, Mandiberg and Ptak used Eyebeam’s 15,000 sq ft facility to organize the first Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to help correct this issue of underrepresentation..
Since its founding, over 7,000 people at more than 500 events around the world have participated in Art+Feminism’s Edit-a-thons including at The Museum of Modern Art, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Brooklyn Public Library and Centre Georges Pompidou. This has resulted in the creation and improvement of more than 11,000 articles on Wikipedia. It has a leadership collective of 12 organizers and significant funding from Wikimedia Foundation and Qubit New Music. Some of the first Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon’s were held at Eyebeam and we continue to support their delivery.