(Make sure to RSVP on Facebook!)
Saturday, March 11, 2017 / 2-5p / Bubbler Room at Madison Central Library, Madison, WI
Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the uneven gender participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.
Let’s change that! Attendees are encouraged to edit any entry of interest related to arts, feminism, gender studies, and LGBTQ issues. All are welcome who care about the representation of all genders in Wikipedia’s content and among its contributors.
We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and laptops. Bring your own laptop if you have one and any ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support, learn more about this project, and eat pizza with us.
Childcare and refreshments will be provided.
Sign in at our meetup (or we’ll help you do this at the event): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Madison/ArtAndFeminism_2017
For more information visit: artandfeminism.org
The Madison A+F Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon is hosted by The ArtWrite Collective and Madison Public Library. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to let us know that you’d like to volunteer at this event!
ArtWrite artists Wendi Kent and Alaura Seidl are still working with LGBTQ teens to contribute to public art in Madison, WI through the You Are Beautiful mural. Read more about the project in the Isthmus:
(Photo by Steven Potter)
Sign up for our next writing workshop series HERE!
Artists Rhea Ewing, Jay Ludden, and Alaura Seidl of the ArtWrite Collective are the artists-in-residence at the Bubbler of Madison Public Library this April and May 2016!
Through our Imagining Worlds residency, we’ll dream up and visualize healthy and just futures alongside library patrons. Through giant books, talking paintings, expressive food, and other experiments, we’ll overtake the Bubbler with visions for what a thriving world might look, smell, taste, sound, and feel like. We’ll need your help building our otherwordly installations!
Find our schedule of workshops and open studio hours here or drop in to the Bubbler at Madison’s central library to contribute to ongoing projects.
^Youth and adults from Teen Pride Arts (cohosted by GSAFE and ArtWrite Collective), local gender & sexuality alliance clubs, and open studio hours at the Bubbler have been contributing to a wall of mirror self portraits. We imagine a world where everyone is seen and safe.
^Artist Jay Ludden set up an interactive display on the TV at the Bubbler room. Go walk in front of it and join our playful world!
^Folks from all over town are writing and drawing about their ideas for the perfect world. Add your ideas to the wall!
^We imagine a world where everyone is allowed to take up space. Drop in and get your self portrait up on the Bubbler window (through friendship and magic)!
^A Bubbler visitor helped us install art pieces in the hall across from the Bubbler for the youth homelessness campaign project that we’ve been working on. These small art pieces were made by teens all over town to share messages of hope and compassion for folks experiencing housing insecurity. Some folks shared their personal experiences of camping out, staying with strangers, couch surfing. Drop in to the Bubbler room to see the companion piece, a traveling mural, in progress. Keep an eye out for the campaign to officially launch!
Flourish! is a program designed to empower artists, writers, and performers by providing information about fair pricing, intellectual property, and biases in the art world. We’ll roll out Facebook events for each workshop, with ticket information on each event page. Sign up for one workshop, a few, or the entire series! Hope to see you there.
Facebook links (with facilitator bios, ticket information, and more):
Buy tickets for the entire series of workshops here.
“What Kind of Poem Would You Make Out of That?”:
Transformation at the Source: From Document to Poem
Hosted by ArtWrite Collective, facilitated by Lauren Russell.
In the Johannesburg mines
There are 240,000
Native Africans working.
What kind of poem
Make out of that?
Working in the
Documentary poetry “arises from the idea that poetry is not a museum-object to be observed from afar, but a dynamic medium that informs and is informed by the history of the moment,” Philip Metres writes in an essay on the Poetry Foundation’s website. As such, the documentary mode invites socially conscious approaches to poem making. For purposes of our workshop, we are thinking in terms of poems that use documents, not just poems that document. While it can be a site for political intervention, poets’ work with documents need not be confined to recitations of facts and evidence. Through the found language of documents, poets may arrive at the lyric, the narrative, the investigatory, the confessional, the dissident, or even the language poem.
Intended for both experienced poets and people who do not think of themselves as writers at all, this six-part workshop will open participants up to new possibilities for poem making while raising discussion about authorship, influence and quotation versus appropriation, the construction of “fact,” and how we can make new statements with/through/into/around old language. Participants will be invited to arrive with a particular event, question, topic, or concern they wish to write from. (For example, in the poem above, Hughes is working from a statistic about the Johannesburg mines that speaks to larger issues about colonialism and exploitation; in M. NourbeSe Philip’s ZONG!, the point of entry is the legal decision in the Zong massacre; in Muriel Rukeyser’s The Book of the Dead, it is a West Virginia mining disaster; in Tyehimba Jess’s Leadbelly, it is of course the mythologized figure of the great bluesman Lead Belly).
Is there a particular life or death, innovation, disaster, struggle, condition, triumph, or crime you wish to write into or out of? Participants will use that as a point of entry to work with found texts of their choice. Found texts might include histories, genealogies, studies, news items, articles, ads, obituaries, lists, diaries, statistics, court transcripts—or whatever else sparks a writer’s curiosity and imagination. Through weekly in-class and outside activities, we will engage with those texts in a variety of ways. We will also read and discuss a range of models, which may include excerpts from Philip’s Zong, Jess’s Leadbelly, Rukeyeser’s Book of the Dead, Mark Nowak’s Shut Up Shut Down, Harryette Mullen’s Sleeping with the Dictionary, Amaud Jamaul Johnson’s Red Summer, Daphne Gottlieb’s Kissing Dead Girls, and others. Participants will have the opportunity to read and discuss one another’s work each week and to contribute to a zine and public reading after the conclusion of the workshop.
MORE ABOUT THE FACILITATOR:
Lauren Russell has taught writing courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the University of Pittsburgh, where she received a Distinguished Teaching Award. She currently coordinates the Diversity Internship in Public History at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Russell’s first full-length book, What’s Hanging on the Hush, will be out from Ahsahta Press in 2017. She is the author of the chapbook Dream-Clung, Gone (Brooklyn Arts Press), and her poems have appeared in Better, boundary 2, jubilat, Ping•Pong, and Tarpaulin Sky, among others. Her reviews may be found in Aster(ix), The Volta, Jacket2, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and she has been named the 2016 VIDA Fellow to the Home School Miami. Russell is currently in the middle of a book-length poetic hybrid work, tentatively entitled “Descent.” The project began when the poet acquired a copy of the diary of her great-great grandfather, a Confederate veteran who fathered twenty children by three of his former slaves, black women who have been silenced by history. “Descent” is at once an investigation, a reclamation, and an insistence on making history as a creative act.
ArtWrite Collective and West Label Art are collaborating to premier the stunning works of West Label Artists Ashley Robertson and Micaela Berry in Daughters in Dissent: A Visual Celebration of Herstories, Kinship, and Sistahood.
In their first joint show, Ashley and Micaela employ their own unique styles to engage in multi-media storytelling with works that explore relationships, cross-generational beauty standards, black women voices in protest, and the artists’ lived experiences as Black women and Madison newcomers. This series demonstrates the deep variation in perspectives on these shared experiences and underscores the complexity of identity.
Reception is December 11, 2015 6p-8p at Cafe Zoma in Madison, WI
While we work to build a new website (and work to get our zines up for e-viewing), we’ve got a temporary one-stop-shop to check out our zines online. This collection doesn’t include our strictly youth publications, but it’ll get you set up with some early winter browsing. Sliding scale zine donations support the artists and our programming.