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Black Artists Matter Edit-a-thon
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At the crossroads of art, justice, and intersectional feminism sits the Black Artists Matter Edit-a-thon, and you don’t need to go far to contribute. On Aug. 11, D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts will host its first entirely virtual edit-a-thon with Art+Feminism, a nonprofit that has facilitated more than a thousand edit-a-thon events since setting out to correct the information gap in 2014. The goal of Art+Feminism edit-a-thons is to correct and improve the Wikipedia entries for female artists. They hope to alleviate the gender gap in editorial representation on the site and enrich the available resources about underrepresented figures in the art world. This edit-a-thon will focus specifically on updating the Wikipedia pages for Black female artists whose work is displayed in NMWA’s collection. Edit-a-thons are a tangible way to combat the well-established bias in information quality on Wikipedia. Despite being the 13th most visited site in the world and a major information gatekeeper, Wikipedia’s track record with representation is troubling. Only 17 percent of biographical pages on Wikipedia are about women, and less than a quarter of U.S. Wikipedia contributors identify as female, according to a 2011 survey. Art+Feminism points out that when certain groups are excluded from our collective virtual history, “information about people like us gets skewed and misrepresented. The stories get mistold. We lose out on real history.” At this virtual event, you can learn how to edit Wikipedia articles and join the thousands of people working to correct our virtual encyclopedia and the unbalanced narratives it constructs. The event begins at 10 a.m. on Aug. 11. Registration is required and is available at nmwa.org. Free. —Ryley Graham
Taking Action in Your Own Garden
Local nonprofit DC Natives is looking to boost local beauty while also healing the environment, one pollinator-friendly plant at a time. Pollinators—quite literally the birds and the bees—are responsible for moving pollen from flower to flower. This process is essential to the growth of foods like strawberries, avocados, onions, and nuts, in turn feeding humans and dozens of other species. But habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change are putting these essential pollinators in danger. To counter this, DC Natives works to emphasize native, pollinator-friendly plants. In the Mid-Atlantic region, these plants include field thistle, wild bergamot, and seaside goldenrod. Although the organization has community gardens in a handful of D.C. neighborhoods, it is also working to change the ecosystems in front of individual residences. DC Natives’ Thorne Rankin, an expert in landscape design, will join the Anacostia Community Museum for a virtual discussion on how individuals can spark this environmental change. With one short class, you’ll be able to brighten your living space and the broader ecosystem, and that’s just the bee’s knees. The event begins at 1 p.m. on Aug. 13. Registration is available at si.edu. Free. —Sarah Smith