Wikipedia Loves Art, and so do I
Speaking of making the museum experience more interactive without adding any overhead cost, this is really cool:
Wikipedia Loves Art is a scavenger hunt and free content photography contest coordinated by the Brooklyn Museum with Carnegie Museum of Art, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Hunter Museum of American Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New-York Historical Society, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Taft Museum of Art, V&A aimed at illustrating Wikipedia articles. The event is planned to run for the whole month of February 2009, and the name is a play off of Valentine’s Day. Although there are planned events at each location, you can go on your own at any time during the month.
Shoot on your own or create a small team (10 people, tops) and sign-up online. Use the scavenger hunt lists provided by Wikipedia (see “Goal Lists” section) to take shots and cross off as many subjects on the list as possible. Upload shots to this group with the correct Creative Commons license required by Wikipedia and we will tally the scores.
How fantastic is this?
Many of the museums are also sponsoring meetups for their scavenger teams, both to introduce them to any special collections and so that teams can assess their competition! Each museum has posted a “goal list” which includes instructions on how to submit photographs, and which themes or items in the museum are part of the scavenger hunt. All photos will be uploaded to Flickr for tallying, and final images posted to Wikipedia. Each museum will award their local winners prizes; these range from museum membership to special after-hours tours.
I have only seen announcements about this on Twitter; has anyone heard about this through other media?
If there were any Seattle institutions participating (Henry? Frye??) I’d get involved in a heartbeat. I love that the Brooklyn Art Museum is using this as an initiative to push their collections – and those of other museums around the world – online into forums beyond their own websites while getting art enthusiasts involved at the same time.