Grants:Project/Rapid/Centre A - Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Centre A/Centre A - Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Centre A, Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art will host a virtual and an in-person Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, in partnership with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and Western Front. Centre A will particularly focus on the underrepresented Asian communities within the arts and culture in Canada.,
start date03/05
end date03/31
budget (local currency)$3079.46 CAD
budget (USD)$2418.74 (Note: the website does not work)
grant typeOrganization
non-profit statusYes
organization (if applicable)• Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
website (if applicable)

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Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.

Project GoalEdit

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Recruit new editors
  2. Increase skills for existing editors
  3. Add or improve content
  4. Collect, add, and improve content for underrepresented Asian diasporic artists and organizations

Project PlanEdit


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

In partnership with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Western Front, a non-profit artist-run centre in Vancouver, and Centre A will be hosting a series of Wikipedia Edit-a-thons and training sessions.

Participants can learn how to effectively edit and cite Wikipedia articles through two workshops with the Belkin Gallery. Centre A will also be hosting a workshop to navigate our Reading Room database, along with one virtual and one in-person drop-in session. While Western Front will be hosting their own drop-in session and an artist talk with Laiwan, Belkin’s current exhibiting artist. Participants can log in at any time throughout the month of March 2022 to edit and add Wikipedia articles.

2. How have you let relevant Wikimedia communities know about this proposal? You are required to provide links to on-wiki pages to inform these communities about your proposed work. Examples of places where this can be done include community discussion pages, affiliate discussion pages, or relevant project talk pages.
You may also provide information about external social media channels you may be using.

The series of events will be shared to our community through social media, monthly newsletters, and word of mouth. All social media content will be cross-promoted with UBC and within Vancouver’s art community. As a gallery situated in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, we strive to encourage participants from various galleries and organizations in our neighbourhood, such as the Chinese Canadian Museum Society, Chinatown Storytelling Centre, Or Gallery, Access Gallery, and many more. The events will also be posted on the Art and Feminism Wikipedia webpage and dashboard.

3. How will you let participants know about the edit-a-thon? In what ways will you be communicating with them?
For example, these can include on-wiki spaces, social media channels, mailing lists, messaging apps, or physical/online gatherings.

Instagram, Facebook, Mailing List, Physical/Online gathering

4. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event? Please provide links to the usernames of these individuals.
For example: User:I JethroBT

The editing and citation workshop will be taught by Sara Ellis, the Art & Visual Literacy Librarian at the University of British Columbia. Centre A’s portion of the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon will be run by Centre A’s Library and Exhibitions Assistant, Hau Yu Wong, who lead the gallery’s 2019 Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon and has been editing on Wikipedia since 2019. These experienced Wikipedia editors will lead the edit-a-thons and provide support for participants and new editors during the drop-in sessions.

5. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?

The Belkin Gallery has successfully hosted online editing and citation workshops in the past to teach participants how to effectively edit and add Wikipedia entries. Centre A have also hosted similar in person edit-a-thons in the past. In addition to the editing and citation workshop, we have also created a session for participants to learn how to navigate through Centre A’s Reading Room database to allow participants to effectively find and share resources like books and magazines during our event. Each participant would utilize their own laptops (or other devices) and internet connection. For the in-person event, Centre A will provide the participants with internet access, refreshments, and child care.

All in-person events will strictly follow the Public Health Orders on COVID-19. All participants must wear masks or face coverings on Centre A’s premises whenever they are not eating or drinking.

6. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

We will be sending out an email to participants after the event with follow-up questions and a survey to gauge participant satisfaction and see if we can improve on anything for similar future events.

We will also create a contact sheet for all the participants to connect with one another if they give us permission to share their contact information.

7. Are you running any in-person events or activities? If so, you will need to complete the steps outlined on the Risk Assessment protocol related to COVID-19. When you have completed these steps, please provide a link to your completed copy of the risk assessment tool below:

8. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

For the very first iteration of Centre A’s Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in 2019, we partnered with Rungh Magazine; the event garnered a lot of interest from our audience and was a success. Although it was a smaller scale event with twelve committed participants, most of whom were young arts and cultural workers and artists, we were able to create two new Wikipedia pages and edited and contributed to ten existing pages for Asian diasporic artists.

For this year’s event, we have built on our previous experience and expanded to partner up with not only the Belkin Gallery but also the Western Front. In conjunction with the Edit-a-thon, we will be presenting a series of reading groups and a workshop on how to navigate our Reading Room database. With this momentum, we hope to continue to recruit and train new Wikipedia editors and provide a space for existing editors to continue to develop and increase their skills. Through this event, we will be able to collect, add, and improve content for underrepresented Asian diasporic artists and organizations by utilizing our resources and materials from our Reading Room, which is closely aligned with our mission as a non-profit public gallery.


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets: Number of events: 3 Number of participants: 60 Number of new editors: 10 Number of of articles created or improved: 30-35 Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events): 15


What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

Participants can attend two workshops hosted by the Belkin Gallery to learn how to properly edit and cite Wikipedia articles. Centre A will also be hosting a workshop to navigate our Reading Room database, along with one virtual and one in-person drop-in session. We are committed to ensuring accessibility for all participants, we will be providing closed captioning through Otter Ai for any digital events which will enhance the participants’ understanding and communications during the event.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

We are requesting funds for refreshments for the two drop-in edit sessions, child care for the in-person session and a one-year subscription to Zoom webinar and Otter AI for enhanced digital accessibility.

Food and drink = $20 x 2 days x 30 people = $1200 Child Care = $500 Zoom Webinar Yearly Subscription + Meeting Pro (Required for Webinar subscription) = 918 + 200 + 134.16 (Taxes = 0.12x $1118) = $1252.16 Otter AI Yearly Subscription = $127.30 CAD/year Total: $3079.46 CAD/$2418.74 USD


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