Wikimedia México/Museo de Arte Popular de la Ciudad de México/en

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The project is a collaboration between the future Wikimedia México chapter and the Museo de Art Popular (Museum of Popular Art) of Mexico City. It is meant to be part of Wikimedia's ongoing efforts to provide better verifiable content, and in this case content about handcrafts and folk art in Mexico, for Wikimedia projects. Another aim is to realize activities to help promote knowledge about this subject.

Persons responsibleEdit

  • Leigh Thelmadatter, outreach coordinator of Wikimedia México
  • Dr. Walther Boelsterly, director of the Museo de Arte Popular


  1. Iván Martínez, general coordinator of Wikimedia México
  2. ...


  • To create content in Wikimedia projects about handcrafts and folk art in Mexico as well as improve what already exists, by expansion, citation and verification.
  • To increase multimedia archives about the subject with Creative Commons license in order to make them accessible to all, especially in Mexico, focusing first on Spanish and English speakers.
  • To realize joint events and activities to maximize the impact of the varous collections of the museum and to promote knowledge of them to the general public in Mexico and abroad through translation projects. This is with the aim of attracting a larger audience to the museum and make experiences with it more satisfying.
  • To put into place the second GLAM project in Latin America, after that of Wikimedia Argentina, which will be announced at the 2012 meeting on Latin American affairs.

About the Museo de Arte Popular of Mexico CityEdit

Monumental alebrije named Michin Rojo with sign thanking Pedro Linares for inventing alebrijes

Since its opening in 2006, the museum's aim has been to be a reference point for authentic Mexican handcrafts and folk art, through various activities such as permanent collections, temporary exhibits, and various workshops for both artisans and the general public. It also sponsors competitions, seminars as well as activities outside of the musuem itself. The best known example of the last type is the annual Monumental Alebrije Parade. The museum's collection and activities represent the various regions of the country with emphasis on the environmental, social, cultural, traditional and aestetic elements involved in the making of the items. The musuem also encourages collaboration between Mexico's artisans and artists, as well as promoting knowledge of the complexity and skill needed to create Mexico's traditonal handcrafts and folk art. (source: MAP web site [1])

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