Virtual Renwick 50th Anniversary Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

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Thursday, March 30, 2023, 1pm EDT
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Renwick Gallery
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During this edit-a-thon, any participant with computer and Internet access can create or improve Wikipedia articles for forty-four women of color featured in the Renwick Gallery exhibition This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World. Learn more about the artists and the exhibition with Mary Savig, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft. 

No Wikipedia editing experience is necessary; training will be provided. No background in art history is required. Attendees of all experience levels are encouraged to participate. As one of the web’s most visited reference sites, Wikipedia serves as a starting point for many who want to learn about art and artists. However, less than 19 percent of Wikipedia biographies in English represent women, and less than 10 percent of Wikipedia editors identify as women. These percentages are even lower for women artists of color or those who specialize in craft, compared to their male counterparts and artists who practice more recognized art forms like painting. Help SAAM change these statistics as you learn more about the vital history of craft.

This event is cohosted by the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery and the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.


Quilt featuring the portrait of a woman
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World
May 13, 2022April 2, 2023
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World showcases the dynamic landscape of American craft today. The exhibition highlights the role that artists play in our world to spark essential conversations, stories of resilience, and methods of activism—showing us a more relational and empathetic world. It centers more expansive definitions and acknowledgments of often-overlooked histories and contributions of women, people of color, and other marginalized communities.

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