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  • Taylor Lear

    February 28, 2019
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Museum Celebrates Women’s History Month with #5WomenArtists and Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Every March, the accomplishments and contributions of women are highlighted during Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8) throughout the United States and abroad. As in years past, the Georgia Museum of Art will take part in this celebration with a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon and social media campaign to challenge the perceptions people may have about women and art.

To kick off Women’s History Month, on March 1, from noon to 5 p.m., visitors are invited to the Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. The event will take place in the Lamar Dodd School of Art’s library (room N201) and will be an afternoon of communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects relating to art and feminism. Wikipedians will be available for training, and all materials will be provided, including computer access, coffee and snacks. If you are interested in participating, you may contact Callan Steinmann at callan@uga.edu for more information.

According to a 2011 survey by the Wikimedia Foundation, less than 10 percent of Wikipedia contributors identify as female, and this event seeks to help change that. Wikipedia serves as the largest general reference website available today, and by providing more coverage of women, gender, feminism and the arts, we are ensuring that the 13+ million daily visitors Wikipedia have a more balanced site to use for research and general knowledge.

In addition to the Wikipedia event, the Georgia Museum of Art will be participating in the annual #5WomenArtists campaign, which asks a simple question with often surprising answers: Can you name five women artists? The campaign, which has been spearheaded by the National Museum of Women in the Arts since 2016, calls to attention the gaps in representation and awareness that women experience in the art world.

The museum encourages its visitors to question and expand their knowledge of woman artists, not only during March but year-round. Look out for the hashtag #5WomenArtists on Instagram and Twitter to see examples of the works of woman artists on view at the Georgia Museum of Art and other museums and galleries around the world.