Contribute to the Wiki for Collective Memory/Making a Scene

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism is creating articles for the Collective Memory: Art & Activism Archive for the alternative spaces listed here and any other alternative space that has had an impact. Additionally, it would be great to get articles going for everyone listed here as a participant and anyone else that comes to mind as an integral part of our diverse alternative art scene here in the Bay Area. But SOMArts and Bay Area Society for Art & Activism definitely need your help! Here’s a quick outline of how you can contribute:

If you are familiar with wiki editing on Wikipedia and would like permission to directly edit the wiki (They work similarly but are not the same!), please just email a request to Elizabeth Travelslight at  and she will get you started.

Otherwise, there are a number of simpler online forms that you can use to submit content for the archive. Once the information is received, it will be turned into a wiki page similar to this one.

Right now there are five online options:

1. Create an article for an alternative venue or space (either one that’s already listed or one you think should be listed) : Submit a Scene! →

2. Create an article for an artist/activist: Create an Artist/Activist Article 

3. Add digital emphemera such as digital images, scanned images/documents etc.: Digital Ephemera Uploader 

4. Add to or revise an already existing page: Edit a Page 

5. Email Elizaebeth and she will help you make it work!: 

Forms are cookie cutters and imply and assume a lot structurally. A lot of effort has gone into making them flexible and “self-explanatory” but this also problematically assumes a lot about the “selves” involved. If you would like to submit something, you should! Please use the above resources as well as you can and please communicate any specific issues that the forms create or do not address. (See #5 above.) For example, there is a pretty tight limit on acceptable file size. This is to prevent Bay Area Society for Art & Activism from overloading server space too quickly as this is a limited and valuable resource as they make every effort to be a data autonomous organization. If you have something larger that you are passionate to store and share in this way, contact Elizabeth!

IRL (In Real Life)
SOMArts will be hosting live history collection labs, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am–2pm throughout the exhibition, July 9–August 20, where Bay Area Society for Art & Activism will be providing digital image scanners, cameras, audio and video recording, and technical support equipment to facilitate contributions from the public. The live history collections labs will also be active at the following events: 

Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces Opening Reception 
Thursday, July 9, 2015, 6-9pm
Free exhibition opening reception at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party
Saturday, July 18, 2015, 8:30pm to 10:30pm (event ends at midnight)
Ticketed one night only exhibition, featuring luminous art installations, audiovisual performances and cinematic projects in conjunction with Making a Scene, at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

The Collective Memory: Art & Activism Archive is still developing its community standards for “notability.” For now, the community is encouraged to contribute by heart, from memory and to support their contributions with external citations if possible. If an external citation is not available, we will follow up with contributions to treat them as “oral history.” As a guideline, contributors are asked to consider the educational potential of their contribution. This archive is a community resource for future generations of Bay Area artists and activists. What aspect of the topic will be of relevance to them? How can educators frame and share this topic in a teaching setting? For local subjects and regionally relevant topics insufficiently “notable” for Wikipedia, Collective Memory is proud to host them and to perhaps someday graduate the articles and information to Wikipedia.

If you are uncertain if or how your topic meets this criteria, just ask! → 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions!

Pictured above: Beatnik parade downtown in Union Square, August 13, 1958. Photo: Bancroft Library