Promoting Women in the Arts in the Digital Era: Mini symposium and Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

March 24th, 2023
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
1:00pm — 5:00pm EST
University of South Carolina

In celebration of Women’s History Month, USC’s School of Visual Art and Design is once again joining forces with Art+Feminism, a global movement committed to building communities and closing information gaps related to gender, feminism, and the arts. This year’s event kicks off with a series of short talks about ongoing efforts to increase women artists’ visibility on the internet and in digital humanities projects. Guest speaker, Dr. Colleen Laird, professor of Japanese Popular Culture at the University of British Columbia, will discuss her Japanese Women Directors Project, a digital dialogue series and website. Then SVAD professors will present efforts of their own and others that amplify women artists and their artworks: Dr. Amanda Wangwright will discuss her digital research project on women artists in modern China, Dr. Susan Felleman will survey other online resources related to women in arts and media, and Dr. Anna Swartwood House will share her recent Wikipedia research and revisions.

For the second half of the event, SVAD professor Evan Meaney will give a technical demo on the basics of creating and editing Wikipedia pages. Then we’ll jump into actively researching, writing, and editing! While no prior Wikipedia experience is necessary, please create a Wikipedia account before the event. From there, we will offer tutorials for beginners, art history reference materials, and extra support. While some computers will be available, you are encouraged to bring your own laptop, power cord, and extension cord if possible. Anyone and everyone regardless of experience, gender, or background, is welcome to attend and participate. We encourage all Edit-a-thon participants who would like to close information gaps in the arts and bring attention to traditionally underrepresented artists, especially those who may have been overlooked due to race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or geographic region.