As spaces of heritage, museums are an important social conduit for educating people about societal issues, stimulating active citizenship, and acting as catalysts for social change. Now, more than ever before, museums can offer a sense of community; through our exhibitions, research, educational and public programmes, and special projects – Iziko casts an eye on the resilience of the human spirit, and comes to be a space where we feel connected to each other. After all, Our Museums are Your Museums.
This Pride Month the Iziko South African National Gallery is hosting a virtual Wikipedia edit-a-thon initiative to edit and create Wikipedia articles profiling the work of artists and cultural practitioners and organisations in the LGBTQIA+ community. This virtual editathon joins the existing global initiatives which engage with the under-representation of queer artists and cultural practitioners on Wikipedia and encourage editorship for African queer communities; the outcome of the initiative will be both the creation of new articles and the updating or editing of existing articles on the online encyclopaedia of queer artists, cultural practitioners and organisations in South Africa and on the continent, while also introducing new people to wikipedia editing. Anyone can participate - no Wikipedia experience necessary.
Museums have an opportunity and a responsibility to counter that dominant narrative – to choose queer inclusion.
- Margaret Middelton, The Queer-Inclusive Museum, 2017
This project is hosted in partnership with Wikimedia South Africa, and will run from 10h00 until 13h00 on Saturday, 17 October 2020 via Zoom. We encourage people of all gender identities to participate in this effort to address the editorial gaps relating to queer artists, cultural practitioners and organizations on the online encyclopedia.
Please register for the event here.
New to wikipedia?
Create a Wikipedia account via the Edit Your Pride Dashboard to enrol for the event. The dashboard allows us to track the total number of edits under this initiative and documents you as a participant of the edit-a-thon event.
Visit the Wikipedia Training Modules to learn the basics of Wikipedia editing. On the day of the event representatives from Wikimedia will be available to assist with queries, and guidelines on how to start editing.
Visit the Wikipedia:meetup page for editing resources and lists of articles to get you started.
For more information on the Edit Your Pride edit-a-thon contact Tšhegofatšo Mabaso (firstname.lastname@example.org).