The Wikimedia Foundation estimates that 77% of Wikieditors are white and 91% are men. Our work shifts this demographic and empowers people to write their own history. Our sessions and events, including edit-a-thons, BLT Bingo Contests, BLT Live, and monthly office hours, equip new editors with the skills and resources to create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles and encourage existing editors to focus on Wikipedia knowledge gaps.
In an effort to make notable artists that fall in the Wiki gaps more visible, BLT’s Photo Booth is a photographic initiative that invites professional photographers to join community members at pop-up portrait studios. The photographers and subjects allow the portraits to be open license making the portraits free for use, edit and distribution by artists and others. You can find these photos on Wikimedia Commons.
BLT edit-a-thons have taken place at MoMA, NY Public Library, the McColl Center in Charlotte, the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, and Project Row Houses in Houston. Internationally we have hosted edit-a-thons at Bridge Books in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Banff Centre in Alberta Canada. Check out our map of all the locations we have hosted edit-a-thons!
Our Wikipedia Edit-a-thons and Photo Booth events have taken place all across the United States and the world!