March 2, 2020
The Ann Arbor Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, hosted by Stamps Gallery, was recently featured in an article by Chanel Stitt in MLive. The event was held on February 22 at 201 S. Division St., Ann Arbor.
“The Edit-a-thon [was] a part of the Stamps Gallery Feminist Futures: Art, Design & Activism Series, which launched last fall and focuses on the connection with feminism in art, scholarship, design and politics.
The Wikipedia Edit-a-thon [sought] artists of all generations to properly reflect who they are and acknowledge their accomplishments.
‘It is recognizing that we are living in a digital world and most of the information that we take in is coming to us through the internet,’ said Srimoyee Mitra, director of the Stamps Gallery. ‘There are major biases on the internet.’
Editing Wikipedia pages to reflect accuracy has become a global campaign. Wikipedia even has a page dedicated on how to run an Edit-a-thon.
‘Wikipedia is what we feed it,’ said Mitra. ‘We have the capacity to change that.’
Arturo Herrera performing at the Feminist Futures: Art, Design & Activism Series Kick-off Party + Participatory Performance & Reading, Stamps Gallery, October 5, 2019. Courtesy of Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan.