PoNJA-AAA Wikipedia Initiative Project Director Reiko Tomii, working with the AAAinA team on the editing process.

Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, Workshop

PoNJA-AAA Wikipedia Initiative Wrap-up

January 1, 2021 – December 1, 2023
Asia Art Archive in America

23 Cranberry St. Brooklyn, NY

Asia Art Archive in America is delighted to share the successful conclusion of our PoNJA-AAA Wikipedia Initiative (PWI). PWI-AAA was a multi-year project with the goal of improving and increasing the amount and accuracy of information on Wikipedia about Japanese and Korean Post-war and contemporary art. Launched in 2021, the project aimed to expand public knowledge and foster a community of scholars who would learn how to edit, add, and publish new and accurate information on Wikipedia’s platform. 

Over the course of two and a half years, from 2021 to 2023, the PWI-AAA project added approximately 592,000 additional words, 6400 additional scholarly references, and 196 additional or improved Wikipedia articles. It is our hope that these additions and improvements will have a long-standing impact on the field, by broadening access to and increasing the accuracy of English language online information about postwar and contemporary Japanese and Korean art

We are proud of the achievements and contributions of our many collaborators and friends. In particular, we want to thank PWI 1 fellows: Nina Horisaki-Christens, Keenan Jay, Naomi Kuromiya, Tomoko Mamine, Evian Yiyun Pan, Al Scarangella, Eimi Tagore-Erwin, Thomas Vauthier, Toby Wu, Richard Gessert, Cindy Huang, Liam Otero, and PWI 2 fellows: Diane Ahn, Elizabeth Allen, Maggie Bryan, Anna Lee, Taryn Lee, Simone Levine, Kimihiko Nakamura, Nanase Shirokawa, Jihyun Son, Sofia Thieu D’Amico. We would also like to express our gratitude to our Project Director Reiko Tomii and Editorial Associates Sohl Lee and Nina Horisaki-Christens whose leadership and guidance were instrumental in this process. Additional inspiration was provided by our advisors Miwako Tezuka, Ming Tiampo, and especially Alexandra Munroe, as well as other longstanding supporters of the Asian art history field. 

AAAinA’s general programming and operations are funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, the Ruth Foundation for the Arts, and the Vilcek Foundation.