Saturday, June 23, 2018
Free and open to the public
Squeaky Wheel will host an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to take place 2-7pm on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 617 Main St, Buffalo, NY. This all-day event is designed to improve coverage of women, gender, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia.
Why we edit? Less than 10% of editors on Wikipedia are women. Wikipedia is the largest and most popular general reference work on the internet with more than 40 million articles in more than 250 different languages. The fact is when we don’t tell our stories or participate in the ways our history is preserved, it gets erased. Let’s build our local contribution to the movement!
We provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, ongoing editing support, reference materials, childcare, and refreshments. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate, particularly transgender and cisgender women.
Squeaky Wheel invites back Toronto artist and Wikipedian extraordinaire Zeesy Powers to facilitate tutorials and discussions. This summer, we are also excited to host Heather Gring, archivist at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, who will be speaking about the woman artists in their collection.
If you require childcare, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the first names of children requiring care, their ages, and what time you plan on attending.
Please create a Wikipedia account before the event, click here to learn how! And remember during the event to hashtag and post online so everyone around the world can see what you’re working on: #artandfeminism #noweditingaf @squeakybuffalo .
About the instructor
Zeesy Powers is an interdisciplinary artist. She teaches programs for digital illustration, animation and video through community groups in Toronto, and facilitates workshops on contributing to Wikipedia as part of the Art+Feminism edit-a-thons. During her 2017 National Artist-in-Residence at the Toronto Animated Image Society, she produced This Could be You, an interactive piece exploring practices of confinement in VR. She has performed and exhibited internationally, and has been artist-in-residence at CCA Kitakyushu (Japan), Palomar5 (Berlin), the Banff New Media Institute, and Studio XX (Montreal). In Toronto, Powers has worked on several community-based project with children and youth in partnership with organizations like UrbanArts, Axis Music and the Toronto Public Library. Currently, she is working on a Canada Council and Chalmers Fellowship funded project on how consumer surveillance impacts how we relate to ourselves and others. She lives in Toronto.