A new milestone for the project has been reached as Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam has passed Featured Article review! This is the first Featured Article to come from this partnership, which has also produced seven Good Articles. The review process involved weeks of discussion with six volunteers, who suggested dozens of stylistic improvements. On Wednesday 17 May, the article will be summarised and linked on English Wikipedia's front page as "Today's Featured Article".
An article about a painting, Musa va 'Uj, went live on English Wikipedia, becoming the 36th new article created by the project (excluding the new articles created at edit-a-thons). It passed DYK review, becoming the 23rd article from this project to do so. There is now a Khalili Collections category on English Wikipedia to assist navigation between the different articles. There are no new translated articles this month. There were no new image uploads, but one edited version of a previously-uploaded image.
I created a new piece of code that helps me to track the quality of hundreds of visual art articles in one go. The Global visual art taskforce has icons to show the quality rating of the various target articles, similar to the Vital Articles lists. This shows at a glance, for example, that the African artist biographies are at a generally lower quality level than the Central and Latin American artist biographies. Maintaining this list presents a problem: the Vital Article ratings are updated by a bot, but this bot is approved and coded specifically for the Vital Articles lists and cannot work with the global visual art taskforce page. I can't create Wikipedia bots, but what I have been able to do instead is code a PHP script which finds every link that is accompanied by a quality icon, then retrieves the current rating for that article in the Visual arts wikiproject (or another wikiproject if there isn't a visual arts rating). This produces a textual report which looks like:
El Anatsui changed from C to Start
Zhang Zeduan changed from Stub to Start
Tomioka Tessai changed from Start to C
Saloua Raouda Choucair changed from B to Start
Amrita Sher-Gil changed from B to C
Larry Alcala changed from C to Start
Mihr 'Ali changed from Stub to Start
Abd al-Samad has no rating in the Visual arts wikiproject
282 articles examined
This saves a lot of time and directs me to the articles that have changed quality rating, as well as providing other useful error messages (for instance if an article has moved).