Jazz Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

For Immediate Release 

February 22, 2018

Marissa Baum

The American Jazz Museum presents Jazz Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Kansas City, MO – The American Jazz Museum, in partnership with Kansas City Public Library and The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, announces its first ever Jazz Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon, which takes place on Monday, March 5, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm in the Atrium of the American Jazz Museum. The goal of this event is to create and edit articles which preserve Kansas City jazz history, from local musicians, to historic jazz clubs in the 18th & Vine and the 12th & Vine districts, to the community leaders whose legacies continue to live on.

For Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Executive Director at the American Jazz Museum, this is an opportunity to fulfill the Museum’s role of celebrating, informing, and preserving the story of Jazz. “One of the things we do is the story of Kansas City Jazz, and the opportunity to tell this story in our own voices is important. It’s about celebrating our uniqueness with the stories that only we can tell.”

Participants will learn about Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, the anatomy of a Wiki article, and how to contribute to this free online encyclopedia. In addition to editing and creating Wikipedia articles, participants are encouraged to take part in a jam session and enjoy refreshments.

“This is an opportunity to bring the community together and crowdsource our wisdom and share it with the world.  Kansas City’s rich jazz culture is underrepresented in Wikipedia, and it is our responsibility to share our knowledge—and to have a little fun while we do it!” says Kim Gile, Community Reference Manager at Kansas City Public Library.

Participants do not need specialized knowledge of these topics or of Wikipedia to contribute. Laptops will be available for use, but it is suggested that participants bring a personal laptop, and power cord if they are able. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments to participate in the jam session.

This event advances this mission, and that of the American Jazz Museum and Kansas City Public Library, by circulating the history of jazz on an accessible platform that acts as a world-wide resource.

For Kositany-Buckner, “It is an honor that AJM is the vessel from which this project will take place. This is part of the vision of the museum that begins to build the narrative of Kansas City’s jazz history in collaboration with other institutions. We are building it in print, through scholarly lectures and presentations, and now digitally.”

Attendance will be limited to the first 50 attendees, and you can RSVP at: americanjazzmuseum.org/jazz-edit-a-thon.