In collaboration with a contemporary art museum - the Museum of Art in Lodz - and one grassroots group of activists, the Criatid Collective (kolektyw Kariatyda), two Art+Feminism edit-a-thons will take place later this month in Wrocław and Łódź.
On the 23rd of February, a pre-editathon training meetup was run by Celina Strzelecka (WMPL) in Wrocław. The meeting was organised by the Cariatid Collective and Wikimedia Polska. During the first meeting the participants learned how to upload files to Wikimedia Commons and the basics of editing an article. The second meeting - an editathin - is planned for the 16th of March at Recepcja, Ruska 46c in Wrocław. The event will be held between 10AM and 6PM. Everyone is invited. The event will be devoted to editing and writing new articles about women artists. More information can be found on a dedicated page.
Meanwhile the Museum of Art in Łódź will host a two-day event for a second time running (in 2018 it was initiated by a local activist and scholar Alicja Kujawska). The organisers are planning to edit articles about people excluded from the mainstream narratives of history and culture. The edit-a-thon will take place on the 30th and 31st of March (Saturday-Sunday) at MS1 museum, Więckowskiego 36 in Łódź, from 11AM to 5PM. The first day will be filled with tutorials and learning how to edit and uplaod images, and on the second day the participants will publish their new articles in Wikipedia. More information on the wikiproject. Anyone visiting the city, or any Wikipedia editor from abroad is welcome to drop us a line and jin the group for a Skype call and a remote edit! Email us at email@example.com.
Interestingly, both Wiki editathons are organised on the request of local communities and women's groups, which proves that the Art+Feminism global initiative is capturing imaginations and inspiring the creation of publicly accessible knowledge.
The end of traditional Carnival period inspired the Regional Institute of Culture in Katowice to share via Wikimedia Commons a collection of over 300 photographs collected by the Institute photographer and documenting a number of local rituals performed every year in the Silesian towns and villages. The RIK is collaborating with Wikimedia Polska and whenever possible, is sharing its ethnographic and architectural documentation on CC BY-SA license. Among the Institute's activities an important are is to conduct ethnographic field documentation in rural areas of the Silesian and Opolskie Voivodeships. Among the rituals the most prominently featured in the set is bear guiding (the English language article is waiting for you!), Barbórka, as well as other seasonal traditions. The entire collection can be found in the Wikimedia Commons category Traditions of Silesia - take a look and illustrate related articles!.
1400 portraits of Poles from the Mazovian Digital Library
The Mazovian Digital Library is a new partnership which began in December 2018. Our Partners at the MBC have selected a set of 1400 digitised engravings from the public domain presenting historical figures from XVIIIth and XIXth-century Poland: actors and actresses, politicians, scientists, historians, cultural entrepreneurs, activists and others. This valuable collection brings into light many figures who have been important to their local communities and contributed considerable accomplishments to society, but whose memory has often been forgotten. The uploaded portraits are an inspiration for Wikipedians to expand or write new biographical articles and bring these accomplished people back into the light.