Take pictures. Love art. Win prizes. Make history. Have a blast. This Feburary, Wikipedia loves art!

Wikipedia Loves Art
Art-lovers, start your engines. Wikipedia Loves Art is almost here. This month-long scavenger hunt organized by the Brooklyn Museum and involving a diverse group of institutions will have you snapping away in the vaulted halls of such far-flung institutions as the Indianapolis Museum of ArtLos Angeles County Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, V&A, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 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, The Jewish Museum, Museum of Modern Art, New-York Historical Society, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Taft Museum of Art.

What’s this all about? you’re wondering. It’s an ambitious effort to gather together the efforts of groups of photographers to illustrate Wikipedia articles. It’s also a chance be a part of a unique effort, get to explore great historic and artistic collections, to win prizes, and to have a lot of fun along the way.

So what’ll it be, shutterbugs?

  • Egyptian sarcophagi at the Metropolitan Museum of Art?
  • A bark painting at the Art Gallery of New South Wales?
  • A John Singer Sargent portrait at The New York Historical Society?

With participating institutions all over the world, there are a million ways to get involved.

Here’s how to get started:

1. Check out the Wikipedia Loves Art Flickr group. Decide which institution you’d like to shoot for, and check out the rules and scavenger hunt lists they post–those will determine what you’ll be shooting, and what you can win.

2. You can shoot as part of a team or as an individual, but be sure to sign up to participate.

3. Stay tuned to find out about events during the month of February. One of the first is at Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturday on February 7th, and it’s free.

PLEASE NOTE: Our own contribution to the contest invites photographs from all over the country to capture shots that celebrate the history of film exhibition, and would be good illustrations for Wikipedia articles about the history of film. So you need not be on a team or be in a city to win a prize from the Film Society of Lincoln Center. So please submit shots of iconic movie houses, surviving movie palaces, drive-in theaters, crumbling remnants, projection equipment and other aspects of movie house architecture.

For full rules and directions, see the Flickr group.

[Brooklyn Museum: Wikipedia Loves Art Full House]

[filmlinc blog: From the Department of Awesome Social Media Ideas]

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