Masterpiece Museum

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum and Wikimedia DC present the "Masterpiece Museum" Edit-a-Thon. Drawing from their vast vaults of art, the caretakers of the Smithsonian American Art Museum have meticulously drawn forth canvas jewels to import into Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia articles. The museum directors and staff are excited about this project, and would love to have experienced Wikimedians help in the effort!
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center for American Art (3rd floor)
August 10, 2012, 10 AM - 4 PM
Lisa Marrs (, Nicholas Bashour (
How to sign up?
Add your name to the sign-up list below and/or contact the organizers and/or RSVP on our Meetup page!
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category:Smithsonian American Art Museum edit-a-thon (Wikimedia Commons)
facade of Smithsonian American Art Museum

G Street entrance of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

About the event

Getting there

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is located in front of the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station, but is also 3 blocks from the Metro Center Station. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority provides a schedule planner for how to arrive at any destination in the city.

To find nearby parking, please visit


The Smithsonian American Art Museum is fully wheelchair accessible, and there is lift access to every floor. Accessible restrooms are easily available on all floors. If you have any queries about accessibility, please contact the organizers.


Time Activity Room Led by
10:00 - 10:15 Meet in the G Street Lobby of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Head up to the Luce Foundation Center. G Street Lobby Georgina Goodlander
10:15 - 10:25 Welcome & Introduction Luce Foundation Center Betsy Broun, Museum Director
10:25 - 10:45 How to use museum system and editing introduction for newbies Luce Foundation Center
10:45 - 12:00 Docent-led tour of Museum Masterpiece oriented
12:00 - 1:00 Meet for Lunch - Staff and Wikimedians (Luce Foundation Center)
1:00 - 4:00 Editing session Luce Foundation Center All
4:00 onwards End and Pub/Dinner Wherever people want to go All invited


Do I have to register to attend, or can I just arrive on the day?
Due to the limited number of spaces, the only way to guarantee admission is to sign up.
Is there a minimum number of Wikipedia edits I have to have made to be allowed to attend?
Of course not. However, this event is about editing, so we expect you to get involved if you attend.
Do I have to be a member of Wikimedia DC?
No, this event is open to everyone.
Can I bring my camera?
Yes, please do!
Do I have to own/bring a laptop?
If you have access to a laptop, it would be helpful if you could bring it. Wikimedia DC may be able to provide one or two spare laptops for the event.
What about lunch?
Lunch will be provided, courtesy of the museum and Wikimedia DC.


If you have any special dietary requirements or mobility issues, please state them when you sign up. If you do not want to list your name publicly, please email Lisa Marrs.

Please note what areas you will be interested on working on when signing up below so we can make sure there are suitable materials available.



  • Slowking4 21:05, 17 July 2012 (EDT) interested in portrait miniatures, some of which are notable people?!
  • Samarista 23 July 2012 (EDT) ~ New editor, will be bringing my ancient laptop. Interested in helping in any way.
  • PonyToast 29 July 2012 (EDT) Depends on what the girlfriend says!
  • Paul Lieberman 1 Aug 2012 depends on my wife, and work. I'd love to edit Barthouldi
  • Willow Pittman 2 Aug 2012
  • TheBlueWizard 16:10, 5 August 2012 (EDT) -- Looks kinda interesting, but I will have to take a day off for that. I just had a trip last week. No laptop to bring, and am not sure if I would be of any help anyway. By the way, why is this announcement not on Wikipedia DC/Meetup page? Something secret? :-)
  • User:Jason Quinn — I'd be interested helping add photos and text, and also proof-reading and copyediting the set of edited articles
  • Jeremyb (talk) 21:52, 6 August 2012 (UTC)
  • Edsu 16:32, 1 August 2012 (EDT)

Participating Remotely


  • SarahStierch 14:09, 29 July 2012 (EDT) I don't live in the DC area, and not sure if I'll be able to participate remotely (yet). Good luck!
  • Argos'Dad I will be returning from out of town and am bummed I will miss this. Great opportunity at a first-class museum.
  • Undead q 07:51, 1 August 2012 (EDT) Wish I could, but I'm not allowed to take time off from work (new job).
  • Aude 15:42, 1 August 2012 (EDT) not in town this time :( perhaps participate remotely, if possible.


  • Improve articles related to tens of masterpiece artworks.
  • Create new articles or improve existing articles about specific pieces in the museum's collection.
  • Use photographs and information about museum objects and archives to improve related topics.
  • Suggest text that the Smithsonian American Art Museum owns which could be incorporated into Wikipedia through appropriate copyright licensing.

Relevant articles

These are some suggestions for articles that attendees might like to focus on, or which might provide inspiration for other relevant articles:

Results of the edit-a-thon



Category added to the Commons: August 2012 Smithsonian American Art Museum Masterpiece Museum edit-a-thon

Etherpad page: