Have you ever wondered about the lack of historical representation for African American visual artists on Wikipedia? Well, wonder no more because visual artists Heather Hart and Jina Valentine have a proactive solution; The Wikipedia Edit-A- Thon.
The Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon, which takes place in Houston's 3rd Ward Row Houses, is a direct action way to fill the historical cannon with records for black visual artists.
"It's kinda like a Wikipedia boot camp." Says Heather Hart, a visual artists who was leading the session.
"Most of the Wikipedia editors are white men. And so being able to train people to focus on the black visual arts and with us being black women, it's kinda like what we call radical archiving."
The Edit-A-Thon which included artists, educators, and people from all walks of life, stays true to Project Row Houses mission to transform community through the celebration of art and African American history. This goes hand in hand with visual artists Johnsky Brooks visiion for the 3rd Ward community.
" What we decided to do is bring art to the 3rd Ward location." says Brooks who was out working on a painting.
"We're bringing color to the colored community. And this is what we need in our community, something creative an outlet. And outlet of energy."
In addition to the obvious aesthetic benefits, Brooks sees a deeper meaning to artistic expression.
"Art is crosses every bridge, it's in every language. And if a culture can take hold to that, it's a new way of expressing ourselves.