Survey time!

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Did you enjoy the Art+Feminism edit-a-thon? Was there anything we could have done differently?

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Event photos: Frick Fine Arts Library Edit-a-thon, March 5

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Thanks to everyone to joined us on the big day! We edited, met new friends, ate food, discussed sexism and heard from amazing artists. Check out our gallery and keep on editing!

Were you at the event? Complete an Art+Feminism survey.

Photos by Julz Kooser.

Art+Feminism Pittsburgh organizers on WESA Radio

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This week, event co-organizers Vicky Clark and Alex Oliver were interviewed by Katie Blackley at be Galleries in Lawrenceville.

In 2011, Wikipedia’s oversight group, the Wikimedia Foundation, released the results of their first semi-annual survey. They found that only nine percent of all editors were female, exposing a significant gender gap among those creating content and suggesting a potential bias toward the articles available on the site. This weekend, Pittsburgh will hold an “Edit-a-Thon” where they’ll attempt to improve existing articles and create ones. Art critic and Wikipedian Alexandra Oliver and independent curator Vicky Clark are hosting the event and share their expectations for the meet-up.

Listen online: “Lack of Female Wikipedia Editors Reflected in Gender Bias Content” March 4, 2016. Interview by Katie Blackley, Essential Pittsburgh Assistant Editor, follow her at @Kate_blackley

Introducing guest artists

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Words by Vicky Clark and Julie Mallis

Hello Editors! Get ready to hear artist presentations from our Art + Feminism Wikipedia Editathon Artist Performers. In leading up to the big event, we want to give you a little preview about what to expect. When you are not editing and pulling resources, enjoy some lunch at noon and throughout the day, you will hear from artists who are doing the work of information sharing, increasing literacy, community activism and empowerment. Featuring: Sabreen Kadhim of City of Asylum, Joy KMT & Bekezela Mguni of Tabernacle of Immaculate Perception and Christiane D with her recent release, Amor Fati.

 

More about the artists!!

Artists Joy KMT & Bekezela Mguni come together in The Tabernacle of Immaculate Perception. After a successful launch of the #PghPOCZineDistro out of BOOM Concepts last spring, Bekezela has expanded her work in sharing literacy, art and community by hosting the upcoming Black Unicorn Reading Room slated to occur March 11 – 31 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre. As a radical librarian and an artist, Bekezela is bringing together a network of information sharing. Here is more information about her upcoming project: Black Unicorn Reading Room  –  March 11–31, Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre; Penn Avenue Creative Residency;  A radical librarian and archivist, Bekezela Mguni curates the Black Unicorn Reading Room, a pop-up space that allows people to discover the rich literary legacy and canon of Black women and LGBTQ folk, and to seek refuge from the world’s brutality. Mguni uses a Black queer feminist approach to information sharing and community building, with a mix of literature, music, visual art and ephemera for sale and reference.

Collaborative partner, Joy KMT shares her wisdom, words and healing across a variety of media, including her blog where she recently posted, “Here you can have my skin” and an excerpt here, she writes:

I will tell you a story, about how me and my mother and my brother would walk and walk and walk, for we are people of journeys. And I will tell you that there are trees mighty trees that surrounded the empty shopping center that sprawled like an abandoned fortress atop the ghetto.

The sunsets there were spun gold and the pink inner flesh of a lily. And the sunsets would feed me lushly and tell me stories of girls that cried jewels from their eyes.

Sometimes me and my mother would walk. And in east hills, we would see pheasants and seagulls and one time we saw a peacock. And one time we felt an earth quake. And you can ask my mama if that is true. We may have been the only two people to feel it in the world, but we felt the earth’s belly shake a little like a hearty laugh.”

KMT is one of the brains behind Roots Pride PGH (along with visionary Michael David Battle), in which she launched an alternative platform to the corporate-backed Pittsburgh Pride celebration, often catering to the interests of white cis gay men. Just another example where an open platform or celebration (be it Wikipedia or Pride) is dominated by and thus more catered towards men.

What’s more? Christiane D

Art and Ideas

I have always loved wordplay. One of my favorite book titles is Art Objects by Jeanette Winterson because of its double meaning. At the other end of the spectrum, I remember when I first came to Pittsburgh that the Carnegie had a prestigious lecture series called Man and Ideas. WOW – that says it all. But now, here we are, women with ideas. And here’s some good wordplay:

Christiane D makes an album called Amor Fati.  The liner notes, written by Alexi Morrissey: “the artist Christiane Dolores tempts the casual canlistener to conjure up a strange cabaret where the legitimate quirkiness of Laurie Anderson, the poetic earnestness of Jeff Buckley and the jazz/gospel stylings of a glittering, long-dead era have been deliciously combined. But after a few listens you realize these sweet, catchy, air- tight songs have been bought and paid for by a real woman over the course of a lifetime. If acceptance is the adult version of patience then this music shows you can have peace with a broken world.” Christiane will be screening her new music video during her artist presentation.

The Tabernacle of Immaculate Perception, a ministry for black women, invents new terms because there are “no words in the english language for the type of profoundly culture-shifting work” they do as they combine mind, body, and spirit, art and healing. They can’t be categorized by limiting terms.

Word play again: immaculate perception/conception/reception. Just think of the interaction between those three in a variety of realms. Constructs on parade.

Wordplay as we fix and reconstruct the gender bias in Wikipedia at the editathon.  Join us and participate with the tabernacle,  Christiane D and Sabreen!

Feature image, top: Christiane D.

Sabreen Kadhim: the challenge of Arabic-language Wikipedia

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In this blog post, Sabreen Kadhim, an Iraqi journalist and organizer of the I am Iraqi, I Read festival (now a City of Asylum Visiting Writer in Residence), shares an urgent call for Arabic speakers to get involved with Wikipedia.

This project is important because Wikipedia in Arabic has many issues today. Lots of people who speak Arabic and who are in Middle Eastern countries will be interested in joining this project and edit incorrect/ missing information on Wikipedia in their native language. Some of the most popular issues in Arabic Wikipedia are:

‎هذا المشروع مهم جدا لأن ويكيبيديا باللغة العربية لديها العديد من القضايا اليوم. والكثير من الناس الذين يتحدثون العربية والذين هم في دول الشرق الأوسط أو خارجها سوف يكونون مهتمين في الانضمام الى هذا المشروع وتعديل المعلومات غير الصحيحة و إضافة المفقودة في صفحات ويكيبيديا  بلغتهم الأم العربية. وهنا عدد من القضايا الأبرز  في ويكيبيديا العربية و هي:
– Extremists are in most cases the ones who are adding/ editing and creating articles on Arabic Wikipedia. What makes it unreliable source for trust and truth for the Arabic reader.
‎_ انتشر قيام متطرفين بتحرير محتوى ويكيبيديا باللغة العربية، سواء بإضافة معلومات او تعديل اخرى في صفحات ويكيبيديا. مما حولها الى مصدر غير جدير بالثقة، يفقد المصداقية و ثقة قراءه بالعربية
– Some editors of Arabic Wikipedia are not professional and they are not accurate when listing information
‎بعض محرري ويكيبيديا العربية لا يمتلكون مقومات مهنية، فضلا عن انهم لا يتحرّون بالدقة عند سرد المعلومات
– Some authors on Arabic Wikipedia are using dialect verses Modern Formal Arabic Language, which make it hard to understand for someone who doesn’t speak that specific dialect.
‎- بعض الكتاب على ويكيبيديا العربية يستخدمون لهجة دولهم الحديثة الدارجة و ليست  اللغة العربية الفصحى، والتي تجعل من الصعب أن يفهم المقال من لا يتكلم تلك اللهجة المحددة.
– There is a lack or absence of important events, characters, and important historical dates: sometimes only the name of the event is given with no further information, or there is no reference to the sources of the information.

– هناك نقص في / أو غياب كبير للمعلومات عن الأحداث الهامة، شخصيات وتواريخ و أحداث مهمة، وأحيانا لا تتم الإشارة سوى لأسم الحدث دون أي مزيد من المعلومات، أو لا يوجد إشارة إلى مصادر المعلومات إذا كان قد تمت الإشارة الى مقال وافي.

 

Please join Sabreen at the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon this Saturday, March 5 (Register here). You can follow Sabreen on social media:

Facebook: Sabreen Kadm
Instagram: Sabreen Kadm
Twitter : Sabreen Kadhim

Vicky Clark on feminism, Wikipedia, and instant gratification

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In this post, Art+Feminism organizer Vicky Clark explains that on the slow road of feminist progress, Wikipedia may be a ticket to “instant gratification.”

Why feminism?

What are the seminal (oops, can’t use that gendered word), no… pivotal, moments on the road to being a feminist? Being the equal opportunity candidate for too many jobs, watching Hillary reduced to baking cookies or Michelle being criticized for having arms…realizing that while more women than men work in art museums, they don’t have the power jobs…being introduced as Vicky when all the men in the room were called “Doctor so-and-so,” listening to politicians believe they have the right to control women’s bodies…etc., etc., etc. I have been angry for so long, and I am sick and tired of it. How can anyone not believe in the idea that all people are created equal? That’s what feminism means to me, that’s what I have been working for all these years. Why do I feel so defeated, and what can I do about it?

Why Wikipedia?

Ah ha, here’s something I can do, after years of subverting the minds of students and exhibition goers and readers. Instant gratification too. I can edit and add to Wikipedia, the go-to source on the information highway. No entries on artists like Jane Haskell or gallery owners like Elizabeth Rockwell? I can write one. Entries that characterize artists as female or white or black or gay? I can delete those qualifiers and make them artists, plain and simple. Misinformation in subject-based entries? I can fix that. It’s so easy to make that immediate change, providing a more inclusive knowledge base for future generations. I can and I will, on March 5th at our edit-a-thon at Frick Fine Art, University of Pittsburgh and in the comfort of my own home from now on. Come and join me.

Vicky Clark is an independent curator based in Pittsburgh with 30+ years of experience work in the arts. Once called “the feminist” in Pittsburgh, Clark has a deep knowledge of women’s cultural history and has curated over 50 exhibitions of contemporary art at the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and guest-curated others in the region and around the country. Her books include histories of the Carnegie International and the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh as well as artists Robert Qualters and Jane Haskell. Now retired, Vicky taught contemporary art and ideas at a university level, and she has organized many lecture and performance art series.

Calling all parents: free childcare is here!

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Did you know we offer free childcare at Art+Feminism events?

Childcare is a feminist issue. As feminist organizers, we are pleased to offer free childcare at our event. For the Frick Fine Arts Library event (March 5), our offering is staffed by professionals and conveniently located across the street at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Children’s Department.

Of course, the idea of leaving your kids, even briefly, can make a lot of parents nervous. That’s why we wanted to introduce you to our childcare providers. Please read on for a message from Ashley and Bekki, two professional nannies, below. And don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions at any time.

A message from our professional childcare providers

The childcare team for Art + Feminism want you to feel at ease while you’re supporting a great cause like the Wiki Edit-a-thon.

When you drop off your child, you will be asked to fill out a short form giving us the information we need to be able to reach you should any concerns arise. You will also be asked to sign a waiver.

We are two highly qualified childcare professionals with diverse experience. Currently we provide our expertise as private nannies. As such, we understand the unique need to support families so they can enjoy opportunities to contribute to causes they believe in. Providing this service for Art+Feminism volunteers is our way to further the cause.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. We’d be happy to speak with you about any concerns over the phone or in person.

– Ashley and Bekki, childcare providers (Frick Fine Arts Library March 5 only)

 Childcare basics:

  • Available 10 am – 1 pm (Story Time 11 am, offered by library staff)
  • Location: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Children’s Department
  • Authorized list of pick-ups
  • ID required upon pick-up for safety
  • Register (link below) in advance (please include relevant medical information)

About our providers:

  • 10+ years experience
  • FBI Fingerprint clearances
  • Child abuse history clearances
  • Criminal background check
  • First aid and CPR training

 

Ready to sign up for childcare? Register here.

A Q&A with Alexandra Oliver

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One of our local event co-organizers was interviewed by the folks at Sampsonia Way! This online magazine is published by City of Asylum, and focuses on literature, free speech and social justice.

In this interview, Alex Oliver, who has been working with the Frick Fine Arts event team (March 5), discusses her hopes for the event, the Pittsburgh feminist community, and concerns about Wikipedia’s integrity.

Check it out “Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: A Q&A with Alexandra Oliver” at Sampsonia Way.

 

 

Video: Why join an “Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon”?

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You may have heard of the upcoming Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. But why is Wikipedia so important for art-lovers and feminists?

In this video, women explain how they are using Wikipedia to make women artists more visible – and how you can join the effort.

Click below to hear from Alexandra Oliver, Julie Mallis, Nina Barbuto and The App Expo.

 

Art+Feminism events feature:

  • FREE (RSVP required; links below)
  • Childcare
  • Tutorials and resources for beginners
  • Refreshments
  • Opportunity to meet new people and artists
  • Fun

Register today!

Questions? Get in touch.

Press Release: Pittsburgh Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

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With two awesome edit-a-thons right around the corner, you’re probably asking yourself: where’s the press release?

It’s here!

Download, share, and please get in touch with any questions. We’d love to talk to you about art, feminism, and Wikipedia.

For Immediate Release – Pittsburgh Art Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, Feb, 26; Mar. 5 v2

[Photo, David Salafia, under CC Attributions License]