ArtHyve’s Art + Feminism seeks to address the gender bias on Wikipedia

Sunday, March 10th 2019 from 11AM - 6PM

McNichols Building (144 W Colfax Ave in Denver)

ArtHyve is gearing up to host a day of Wikipedia editing aimed at addressing the gender gap in representation on Wikipedia along with energetic performances and informational sessions. Whether interested in editing Wikipedia, or interested in enjoying performances and breakout sessions, ArtHyve invites everyone to participate in this day long celebration of Art+Feminism. Join ArtHyve and participating local artists at the McNichols Building, located at ​144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202​, on March 10th from 11am to 6pm for an all day communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to gender, art and feminism.

Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors were womxn. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: content is skewed by the lack of representation from womxn. ArtHyve hopes that this event can spark interest and empower more womxn to create and update Wikipedia entries. ArtHyve and their partner, the Denver Public Library, will provide reference materials and tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian.

The event will feature an interactive art installation from Denver’s ​Secret Love Collective​, and a performance from hip-hop artist ​Kitty Crimes​, as well as informational break-out sessions led by local experts. Local poets ​Bianca Mikahn​, Tameca Coleman​ and ​Elyssa Lewis​ will also be performing. Kids are welcome to join and ​Action Figures ​will be providing activities for children for an additional small fee of $5.

Anyone interested in editing Wikipedia is encouraged to bring a laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For the editing-averse, ArtHyve is urging folks to stop by to show support and enjoy the event’s performances and information sessions. ArtHyve invites people of all gender identities and expressions to participate, particularly transgender and cisgender womxn.

ArtHyve is asking participants to create a Wikipedia account before the event. You can learn how to do that here: 

ABOUT ArtHyve: ArtHyve is a community built archive at the intersections of art, archives and social justice, committed to transcending, and challenging mainstream art representation while celebrating, preserving and documenting the creative communities throughout our city and state.