The IMA loves art. And now comes Wikipedia Loves Art, a month long contest, scavenger hunt, photo-marathon focused on art. Like most of the good online museum ideas, its being driven by the Brooklyn Museum and features (15) museums in total. It puts the Indianapolis Museum of Art in the company of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Honolulu Academy of Arts , to name a few.
So here’s the scoop, directly from Wikipedia’s page: “Wikipedia Loves Art, the name being a play off Valentine’s Day, is a scavenger hunt and free content photography contest among museums and cultural institutions worldwide, and aimed at illustrating Wikipedia articles. The event is planned to run for the whole month of February 2009. Although there are planned events at each location, you can go on your own at any time during the month.”
Straight from the horses mouth. All you need is –
- A good understanding of the official rules and listing of themes we/Wikipedia needs documented. You can find that list HERE.
- You’ll also need to sign-up, but that part is easy. It’s your chance to contribute something worthwile, show your photographic eye and experience our art galleries = warm and free.
- Transportation to the IMA, a digital camera, pencil/notepad and a Flickr account.
It’s also Indiana’s opportunity to help out Wikipedia with better art content, go head-to-head against some of the leading museums throughout the world and, perhaps I should have mentioned this earlier, your opportunity to win an iPod touch, blog t-shirt and more.
Questions? Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s do this thing!