Press || Oct 06, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2017
Contact: Lisa Radon
Portland, OR—October 17, 2017—Portland Northwest College of Art is proud to host a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon centered on adding and improving content about artists of color October 26, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm in BridgeLab at Pacific Northwest College of Art at 511 NW Broadway. This event, inspired by the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thons now taking place around the world, seeks to address underrepresentation of artists of color from around the world on Wikipedia, one of the most ubiquitous sources of information today.
All are welcome at this edit-a-thon, even those who have never edited Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, created and edited by volunteers around the world. The event is organized by Linden Howe, Reference and Instruction Librarian at PNCA’s Albert Solheim Library.
The demographic makeup of Wikipedia contributors is overwhelmingly white and male. Wikipedia Edit-a-thons such as this one are intended to train and provide community for more diverse contributors through the process of adding content that better represents historical and contemporary artists, movements, exhibitions, and events. By participating in the creation of information, we can begin to address the skewed narrative of contemporary and historical art that prioritizes white artists and omits the contributions of artists of color.
During the event, we are also happy to present brief talks by Portland-based artists Angélica Maria Millán Lozano and Kevin Holden.
No experience is necessary, as training sessions will be available with Jason Moore, Senior Wikipedia Editor. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas of pages they want to edit or create, and there will also be a list of possible topics. There will be only a few computers available, so please bring your own laptop and charger if possible. Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public!
About Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pacific Northwest College of Art empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. Founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, PNCA offers ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six graduate programs including Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate program, and Continuing Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. pnca.edu