What is #projecteducate and Community Week?
An introduction to #projecteducate and Community Week, and information on how you can get involved with the project.
What is #projecteducate?
#projecteducate is an education project here on deviantART, conceived back in mid-late 2007 by `MistressWit. She made the first plans towards the beginning of the group. However, life got very busy for her - so she couldn't visit deviantART very often. Six months later, `shell4art followed her plans and officially launched #projecteducate!  Today, #projecteducate is one of deviantART's official projects. It is currently being overseen by the wonderful ^Kaz-D.
#projecteducate works by assigning a week to a particular gallery - such as Photography, Anthro, Vector, and so forth. Some or all of the Community Volunteers responsible for that gallery will put together a weeks worth of articles. Each article aims to educate the community on it's respective gallery. Usually, two articles are posted per day. Some Community Volunteers even ask members of the community to join them in writing articles! Traditionally, a "week" only lasts for a week, but some have lasted longer. For example, earlier this year there was a Photomanipulation Month, and next year the deviantART Related "week" will actually last for a fortnight.
So, what sorts of things happen during a week? A wide variety of articles are written - like descriptions, tutorials, explanations, interviews, features, opinions, tips and tricks, and so on. Sometimes, small events are even run; like contests, critiques, and chats.
What is Community Week?
Aside from the weeks dedicated to a particular gallery, #projecteducate also has "special" weeks which are a bit different. These are usually a rare occurrence, such as the Feedback Week held back in July in collaboration with #FeedbackFrenzy. However, Community Weeks are a bit different. They happen quite often, and are an opportunity for the community to write articles instead of the Community Volunteers! The Community Week leads, at the time of writing, are `JamminJo and `lintu47. These two are responsible for organising the week and communicating with the people contributing! The sorts of things happening during a Community Week are the same as the sorts which happen during normal weeks, however, they can be on any topic!
How can I get involved with #projecteducate?
There are two ways which you can get involved with the project!
The easiest way to get involved is to participate in a Community Week. These are open to anyone, so long as they have something to share which fits the goals of the group. If you want to get involved with the next Community Week, send a note to the Community Week Leaders. Announcements are made in #projecteducate when the next Community Week is being planned, so that you know when to send your note. Be quick though, as places are limited and under demand! If places run out before you get in, you'll be placed on a waiting list.
In the past, community members have also contributed to the other weeks, run by Community Volunteers. If you want to get involved with these, it's best to keep an eye on their journal and see if they want help. If they don't make a request for help in their journal, they're probably happy working on their own or might already have sorted out helpers.
I hope this article has helped you learn some more about #projecteducate and Community Week!
Thanks for reading.