We send you huge congratulation and applause as a member of the Art+Feminism community! According to our metrics, this year you joined over 1500 participants at 120 events hosted in 27 different languages. Thanks to this community, we’ve given one more step towards closing the information gaps related to gender, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia.
How was this year’s Art+Feminism?
For the ninth year of Art+Feminism, the leadership team urged event organizers to center community care within the context of COVID-19. Thus, we encouraged you to organize virtually as a way to minimize risks for those who are most vulnerable. We’re happy that our call was heard and most of the events this year either happened virtually or had virtual components.
Here are some highlights about this years’ events and organizers:
- Events all year round: Since 2019, Art+Feminism’s do-it-yourself spirit has been bolstered by help from our microfunds and support from our regional ambassador network. This has allowed events to be organized any time during the year. This past year, the first event was hosted in September 2021 in Texas, and the most recent one was hosted in September in Kenya.
- Beyond the edit-a-thon: We all love the excitement and community spirit during edit-a-thons, and this year our communities expanded this work and displayed their creativity in different types of activities, such as talks, workshops, fanzines, and artistic public interventions. The topics of talks and workshops included inclusive language, digital activism, the right to access information, and specific artistic production.
- Focus beyond the arts: Art+Feminism has become an umbrella campaign to edit within topics that are most relevant to each community. Our campaign now transcends the arts and includes fields such as architecture, engineering, politics, leadership and governance, technology, education and sports. Some niche topics inside the arts were art and democracy, Black theater, music, design and writing.
- Making Connections: More communities are organizing transregional events at interconnected venues, with presence in virtual components.
- Other wikiprojects: We are seeing more organizers exploring projects such as Wikidata and WikiQuote, and not just Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. It’s also very common that Art+Feminism events are starting points for the creation of content in new language versions of Wikipedia.
All this and more has been possible thanks to you.
Would you like to be in touch with other organizers? You can do that by joining our Telegram channel. We also continue to monitor the old channel in Slack, but less regularly.
We recognize, with an ongoing global pandemic, that individual capacity has varied within our community and that the pandemic disproportionately affects the communities we’re most invested in. We understand the precarity of labor in this moment especially and the real, off-wiki priorities of our community. If you’re reading this, we value you as being part of our community!