I’ve never edited Wikipedia before. Is this event really beginner-friendly?
Yes! No knowledge of Wikipedia is assumed. We will have volunteers to provide tutorials and answer questions throughout the day.
I don’t know anything about art (or feminism). Can I still participate?
Yes! We will have lists of to-dos including sourcing, research, editing for spelling/grammar, verifying references, linking and other important general improvements to help make Wikipedia great.
Subject-matter experts (artists, writers, curators, and the like) will also be on hand to suggest projects—and they will appreciate your help. If you are at all curious about how Wikipedia works behind the scenes, this is the event for you.
Are men welcome?
Yes. People of all gender expressions and sexual orientations are welcome. We expect that all participants, regardless of their preferred pronoun or identification, will support us in creating a safe, respectful, and woman-positive environment. If you have any questions about this, please ask!
What do you mean by “arts” here?
“Arts” is conceived broadly to encompass music, design, architecture, visual and performing arts, literature and more.
Is childcare available?
Yes. We will have childcare available off-site. You must RSVP to reserve your spot.
Is this related to the event at CMU?
Yes, Art+Feminism is a global campaign to close the gender gap on Wikipedia. “Satellite” locations self-organize all around the world. This year, Pittsburgh has two participating satellite events, at Pitt (March 5) and CMU (February 26) (click to register).
Is there parking?
Yes. On-street, metered parking (quarters or credit cards) is available between the Frick Fine Arts Building and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Additional parking can be found by Phipps Conservatory or around Schenley Plaza. Paid parking is also available at the Carnegie Museum of Art (4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213).
Do you have to be a Pitt student or university community member to participate?
No. This is not a university event; the university is just our host. Members of the general public welcome.
Will computers be provided?
Please bring a computer with you if you can. A limited number of laptop computers will be provided through University of Pittsburgh Library System.
Is the event suitable for students or teens?
Yes! Wikipedia is suitable for secondary and post-secondary aged students. It’s a fun, social activity and a powerful tool to teach media literacy concepts such as peer review and public domain.
Wikipedia is not a social network and is a relatively safe online environment. However, please keep in mind that Wikipedia is not censored. It contains articles on subjects such as racial slurs or sexual acts, as well as information on political and religious groups that may be controversial.
Concerned parents or guardians are welcome to accompany teen participants and supervise their activity at the event.
To get started editing, students can try this tutorial.
Can I volunteer at the event?
Yes! We would love additional help. Please contact Alex Oliver, event organizer, to discuss.
Can I participate remotely?
Yes. Get in touch with us to set up a Google hangout, Etherpad or Skype session.
Can’t find what you’re looking for?
Please contact us directly.