The Black Woman is God Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, July 22, 1–4 pm

Yasmin Sayyed

The Black Woman is God exhibiting artist Yasmin Sayyed, “Complicated, lovely Sisters,” Acrylic on canvas. 2016.

SOMArts, the California Digital Library and Art Practical present a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon in conjunction with The Black Woman is God exhibition to raise the online visibility of Black women artists and challenge the gaps in art history that erase or minimize Black women’s contributions as artists, activists and social change-makers. Everyone is welcome to join this hands-on workshop to learn how to edit Wikipedia and add your own articles highlighting the significance of artists who are too often marginalized in contemporary art.

Veteran Wikipedia editor and arts writer Dorothy Santos will be on hand to train new Wikipedia editors in this fun and collaborative event. Organizers will also provide supporting research for creating new content, including adding to the Wikipedia article featuring The Black Woman is God as well as creating new articles highlighting the curators and exhibiting artists. Please join us in SOMArts’ gallery to build a more accessible Wikipedia that is truly reflective of the diversity of artists and activists who inspire us all.

Check out the Wikipedia Editing Tip Sheet created by Dorothy Santos to learn more about how to contribute to the platform.

Please bring:
1. Your personal laptop and power cord. If you don’t have a laptop, there will be a few extras available to borrow. OR, join a group editing process and work collaboratively with fellow arts lovers to draft and publish the content you want to see on Wikipedia.

2. Notes and citation materials for new articles you want to add to Wikipedia. If you aren’t sure what you want to work on, that’s fine too! We’ll provide content ideas for new editors to add new articles or edit existing content.

3. An open mind and a desire to contribute to the online presence of Black women artists!

Snacks will be provided courtesy of D’Maize Catering. Children and young people are welcome to attend this event and kid-friendly activities will be provided in the gallery.

About the organizers:
Dorothy R. Santos is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. In the fall of 2017, she will be a doctoral candidate in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow.

Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Real Life Magazine, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA’s Open Space. She has lectured at the De Young museum, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture. She is currently a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow researching the concept of citizenship.

Art Practical is the leading magazine for the Bay Area visual arts, sparking dialogue in the community by providing nuanced critical commentary and formative public programming. Since its launch in October 2009, it has promoted the Bay Area’s role in the international art scene, created an archive of its contemporary artistic practices, and fostered its artistic production through reviews, interviews, profiles, and thematic issues. 

The California Digital Library is the digital research library for the University of California. The CDL works in collaboration with all ten University of California campus libraries and other partners to support UC scholarship, extend the University’s public service mission, and bring the treasures of California’s libraries, museums, and cultural heritage organizations to the world.

The Black Woman is God Exhibition
July 20–August 26, 2017
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm & Saturday 12–5pm

Opening Reception
Thursday, July 20, 6pm–midnight
The opening night celebration kicks off with live music and participatory dance celebration in the Gallery. To learn more, visit

Night Light: Multimedia & Performance Festival
Friday, August 25 & Saturday, August 26, 8:00pm–midnight

Luminous art installations, including audiovisual performances and performative interventions by over 25 artists, and digital and cinematic projections by over 20 artists. Tickets are $12 in advance online or $15 at the door, or $20 to attend both nights of the Festival.