Sarah has been active in open culture (read a great definition & history here) since 2010. She has headed or served a role in projects to free creative and historical materials such as artworks, photographs, metadata, and documentation with organizations, most notably at the Smithsonian Institution.
She has a deep passion and understanding for cultural materials in regards to copyright, public dependency on access to these works, and the development of best practices to do so on a broad scale. Sarah has spoken about open culture practice around the world, ranging from utilizing Wikimedia as a cultural heritage tool for Indigenous American communities at the “Museums and Indigenous Peoples,” conference in Indianapolis, to participating in the invite only Open GLAM sessions at 2012 Open Knowledge Festival in Helsinki.
Starting in January, Sarah will serve as the first Susan Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, Center for New Media.
Women in open culture
She serves on the advisory board, with a focus on open culture, for the Ada Initiative, a non-profit devoted to increasing opportunities for women involved in open “stuff”. In 2012, Sarah co-planned the first US AdaCamp, bringing together women from around the world to discuss women in open stuff, including women from the Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia Deutschland, and others.
In 2012, she has served as a Community Fellow at the Wikimedia Foundation, serving as a community organizer, spokeswoman, and program manager for projects to engage more women to edit Wikipedia. Projects include the creation of the Teahouse, WikiWomen’s History Month, and the WikiWomen’s Collaborative.
Wikipedia and GLAM-WIKI outreach
Sarah has been an active contributor to Wikipedia since 2004. She has written over 200 articles, on subjects ranging from public art to museology. She has also spearheaded projects such as WikiWomen’s History Month and WikiProject Public Art. As a participant in the GLAM-WIKI project, she served as Wikipedian in Residence at the Archives of American Art and Smithsonian Institution Archives As resident, Sarah crowdsourced over 200 Wikipedians from around the world, and trained archives staff to contribute Wikipedia content related to their archival holdings.
Sarah also co-planned GLAMcamp DC, a conference bringing 40 cultural professionals and Wikipedians together from around the world to further GLAM-WIKI programming. She has facilitated events and planning for the first GLAMcamp in the world, which took place in 2011 in New York, GLAMcamp Amsterdam, and GLAM-WIKI Santiago.
- Louise Nevelson
- Wadsworth Jarrell
- Truman Lowe
- James Smithson
- Judy Chicago
- Corwin Clairmont
- Rosalie Abrams
- Jim Denomie
- Alicia Dickerson Montemayor
- Jackson Miles Abbott
- Phyllis Birkby
- Isabel Perez Farfante
- Myra Keen
- Valerie Solanas
Museology & art history
- Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
- Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
- Indianapolis Art Center
- Jacques Seligmann & Company
- Anacostia Community Museum
- Hotel Lobby, Edward Hopper, 1943
- Above and Below, Maya Lin, 2007
- List of public art in Washington, D.C.