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From Installations at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Installations at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We’ve been covering the eminent closure of the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) at the end of August, and now the plans to save it in a redeveloped form. Today’s Designing Worlds feature-length episode – the last in our current season – pays a final visit to the LEA in its current form, and looks back at some of the fascinating projects and installations that have appeared there over the years.

The show goes live on Monday 29th July at 2pm SLT on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel, on the Designing Worlds channel at SLArtist – and you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

LEA15 – Failure to Thrive – The Gray Child, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA15 – Failure to Thrive – The Gray Child, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Please note – this show was recorded in the aftermath of the closure announcement. At that point, we did not know about the plans that would emerge to continue the work of the LEA. If you would to learn more about that – please read further here: https://primperfect.net/2019/07/22/saving-the-linden-endowment-for-the-arts-how-you-can-help/

In this episode, we talk to JMB Balogh, before going on to look at work created over the years by Livio Korobase, Xinehop Guisse, Art Oluja, Frankx Lefavre, Ceakay Ballyhoo, Storm Septimus, Tansee, Mario2 Helstein and Jo Williams, Gem Preiz, Kicca Igaly & Nessuno Myoo.

LEA10 – Metamorfaces, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA10 – Metamorfaces, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

As you can see, we have a fascinating and beautiful show for you today – make sure you don’t miss it by tuning in or joining us at 2pm SLT.

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Group to Save the LEA

Group to Save the LEA

Learn more about the closure here: https://primperfect.net/2019/07/18/the-linden-endowment-for-the-arts-announces-its-closure/
Learn more about the plans to re-form the LEA here: https://primperfect.net/2019/07/22/saving-the-linden-endowment-for-the-arts-how-you-can-help/

Join the inworld group by visiting LEA 5: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA5/247/89/21

Save the LEA at the LEA Sandbox on LEA5

Save the LEA at the LEA Sandbox on LEA5

 

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Group to Save the LEA

Group to Save the LEA

Following the recent announcement of the imminent closure of the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA), in the Linden Endowment for the Arts group on Facebook there has been some discussion, some regrets expressed by artists and fans and – because this is the LEA – some acidic criticism.

On the whole, however, there has been a lot of positivity, with ideas emerging for ways in which the LEA can, as the Committee hoped, be restructured and carried forward by a whole new team. Some of the original group who set it up have expressed interest, as have people who have had regions at the LEA and people who simply care passionately about the arts in Second Life.

From Installations at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Installations at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Not everyone has Facebook, of course, and in fact the Facebook group has now been closed to new members ahead of the anticipated shutdown of the shutdown on the LEA regions at the end of August. But Tansee (Resident), the well-known particle artist, and Riannah Avora have started an inworld group called LEA 2.0 The New Future~ SAVE LEA!

This is what they say:

Join Group to SAVE The LEA Sandbox, AIR grants, Core grants and the future of SL Virtual Art and Creativity. Be Proactive . This is an opportunity for “Positive” voices to be heard and be a part of the continuing growth and innovation of virtual art and creativity at LEA with dignified and equal respect to all concerned artists.
Please be specific with your suggestions. Offer reasonable solutions.

From Installations at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Installations at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Tansee has further suggested:

In an effort to organize all the ideas and suggestions, please write them on a notecard and send them to me inworld (tansee.resident) or (rihanna avora). Be Specific with your ideas and the steps it will take to achieve the goals. We have 2 weeks to gather your ideas. After that time I will be sending them to The Lindens. After that the hope is to have a large meeting in The LEA Theater. Join the Group inworld to stay informed and have “productive ~ positive” chat. Here is our chance to put words into actions. PLEASE share this to all!

So … I’m sharing here!

Save the LEA at the LEA Sandbox on LEA5

Save the LEA at the LEA Sandbox on LEA5

In addition, the group has placed information and a green ideas box (where you can drop notecards with your thoughts, suggestions and ideas) at the LEA Sandbox on LEA5.

If you care about the LEA having a future, please join the group and the discussion. Share your ideas – there’ll never be a better time.

From Installations at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Installations at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, a notice has been issued by the Linden Endowment for the Arts (the LEA), announcing the closure of the regions.

As you can see from the notice, the Committee has decided that by stepping down, it opens the way for Linden Lab and the arts community to evaluate what they want from the LEA, and hopefully to move forward with the program.

Designing Worlds will be broadcasting a show on July 29th, looking at the work of some of the artists who have hosted installations there.

Art at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Art at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This was today’s release:

The Committee of the Linden Endowment for the Arts regrets to inform residents of Second Life that the LEA regions will be closing at the end of August 2019.

In November 2018, the Committee decided that the best way forward was for the members to step down, and allow Linden Lab to revamp or re-organise the program, with new members if they wished. At that time, the bi-annual Land Grant (the AIR regions) were shuttered. A small number of the Committee stayed on to administer the Core regions until the remaining grant commitments ran their course. Those grants are now coming to an end, and therefore the LEA will be closed at the end of August 2019

The Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) was established to help create a center of arts activity in Second Life. It was founded in 2010 and launched its first events in 2011. For the last eight years, it has been a collaborative venture between Linden Lab and the arts community. Guided initially by a board of renowned Second Life artists and more latterly also bringing in people with a strong interest in promoting the Arts in Second Life, the LEA has been committed to providing access to engaging experiences in the arts for the Second Life community. Over the last eight years, through its exhibitions, programs, and events, the LEA has fostered awareness of artists’ contributions to our virtual world and encouraged others to get involved and be inspired.

It has long been divided into two parts; The Core Regions and the Artists in Resident Regions.

Seductions by Lorys & Alo on LEA 23, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seductions by Lorys & Alo on LEA 23, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The LEA Land Grant (the AIR Regions) was a program to distribute 20 regions (LEA10 – LEA29) generously donated by Linden Lab. These regions were used to promote art and artistic endeavors in Second Life. Full regions of virtual land were made available to in-world artists through an application process. The AiR Land Grant was a 6 month grant.

The LEA Land Grant was shuttered by Linden Lab in January 2019 at the request of the LEA Committee, pending decisions on the future of the LEA.

The Dickens Project at the LEA

The Core regions (LEA1- LEA9) hosted a variety of artistic events and installations for a three month period. The Core regions included a Welcome Area, a four region theatre, a sandbox for artists, and partial and full regions that could be used for the three month period, with a great emphasis on community art events.

This program will be closing at the end of August when all the regions will be shuttered by Linden Lab at the request of the Committee.

The Committee wishes to express its gratitude and deep respect for the artists of Second Life, whose work they have been privileged to support over the last eight years. We hope that in time Linden Lab will be able to create a new program that will continue their support of the arts in Second Life.

Any questions concerning the Linden Endowment for the Arts should be addressed to PatriciaAnne Daviau or JMB Balogh.

The Linden Endowment for the Arts Committee

A Watercolour Wander, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

A Watercolour Wander, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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LEA10 – Metamorfaces, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA10 – Metamorfaces, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today on Designing Worlds we’re looking back to 2015, and a visit that we paid to the Linden Endowment for the Arts.

DW286 – Linden Endowment for the Arts 2015 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

And to join in the discussion, you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

First we talk to Solo Mornington, a member of the LEA Board in 2016,  who told us a little of the background to the LEA, and to Bootsoffire, one of the organisers of the weekly Photohunt.

LEA29 – Watercolors in the Rain, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA29 – Watercolors in the Rain, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we explore a range of amazing installations currently on display: the haunting Failure to Thrive – The Gray Child by Storm Septimus, Watercolors in the Rain, designed by a group of people and based on the novel by David Lavigne (Surreal Skytower in Second Life), and finally the beautiful Metamorfaces by Art Oluja.

LEA15 – Failure to Thrive – The Gray Child, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA15 – Failure to Thrive – The Gray Child, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also take a look at some of the amazing Halloween-themed regions at the Linden Endowment for the Arts.

LEA9 – Octoberville, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA9 – Octoberville, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

 

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The LEA

The LEA

Come January 1st 2019, the Linden Endowment for the Arts, known as the LEA, will be temporarily closing its Artists in Residence regions (LEA 10 – 29) to allow for a major restructuring.

Over the last seven years, these regions have been open for artists who apply to build their dreams, each for a six month grant. We have seen many great installations here – and some that have attracted controversy.

The LEA

The LEA

The nine Core regions (which include the Theatre, the Sandbox and Photohunt) will remain for the present, and short-term grants will still be available in these regions for community-inspired arts projects.

Applications for Core regions can be made here:
https://sites.google.com/view/linden-endowment-for-the-arts-/home

The LEA

The LEA

Discussions between the present Committee and Linden Lab about the future form of the LEA are ongoing, but it is anticipated that there will be a new organising committee when the AiR regions re-open.

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The Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) was established to help create a center of arts activity in Second Life. It is a collaborative venture between Linden Lab and the arts community. Guided by a dedicated board of renowned Second Life artists, the LEA is committed to providing access to engaging experiences in the arts for the Second Life community. Through its exhibitions, programs, and events, the LEA fosters awareness of artists’ contributions to our virtual world and encourages others to get involved and be inspired.
See more at: http://lea-sl.org/

For more information, contact Saffia Widdershins and JMB Balogh.

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Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The second episode of this season of Designing Worlds – as we visit a really stunning range of installations at the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) – is now on the web!

DW369 – LEA May 2018 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We talk to Fakey Jewell and Dorian Cao of the Jewell Theatre, who take us on a guided tour of their installation, Snow, on LEA 25, who don’t just tell us about the production they will be hosting and the real life issues that lie behind the play, but also take us to see various projects about Second Life Theatre that they are running here – and introduce us the the world of the story of Snow!

Entropy V - Diabolus Juvante by NaTaS Janus on LEA 21, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Entropy V – Diabolus Juvante by NaTaS Janus on LEA 21, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then Saffia meets Solkide Auer at his installation, The Cave on on LEA19, while Elrik explores The Philosophy of Furniture by Daark Gothly, Mazie Halpern and Cienega Soon on LEA 18. And Saffia takes a stroll through Ediola on LEA24, created by Livio Korobase with Footnotes by Arts Oluja – a really fascinating study of visions and ways of seeing. Finally, they visit Unititled on LEA28, created by Storm Septimus, another monumental and stunning installation, this time about the nature of pain.

In addition, Wildstar Beaumont explored three further installations to create a truly wonderful slideshow for this episode: Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29; Seductions by Lorys & Alo on LEA 23; and Entropy V – Diabolus Juvante by NaTaS Janus on LEA 21.

Seductions by Lorys & Alo on LEA 23, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seductions by Lorys & Alo on LEA 23, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You’ll be able to see all these installations until the end of June when a new round of Artists in Residence begins. And if you have been inspired by what you have seen at the LEA and would like to apply for a six month grant of a region of your own, check out the application form here: http://lea-sl.org/form/lea-air-land-grant-application-round-fifteen

The LEA welcomes established and first time artists.

Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Places to visit from today’s show:

Snow, by Fakey Jewell and Dorian Cao of the Jewell Theatre on LEA 25 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA25/45/206/26

The Cave by Solkide Aueron on LEA19 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA19/136/167/983

The Philosophy of Furniture by Daark Gothly, Mazie Halpern and Cienega Soon on LEA 18 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA18/171/199/2

Ediola by Livio Korobase with Footnotes by Arts Oluja on LEA24 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA24/87/125/21

Unititled by Storm Septimus on LEA28 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA28/58/155/1990

Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA29/132/131/22

Seductions by Lorys & Alo on LEA 23 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA23/36/202/3501

Entropy V – Diabolus Juvante by NaTaS Janus on LEA 21 -http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA21/136/116/664

Entropy V - Diabolus Juvante by NaTaS Janus on LEA 21, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Entropy V – Diabolus Juvante by NaTaS Janus on LEA 21, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 21st May, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, as we visit a really stunning range of installations at the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA).

We talk to Fakey Jewell and Dorian Cao of the Jewell Theatre, who take us on a guided tour of their installation, Snow, on LEA 25, who don’t just tell us about the production they will be hosting and the real life issues that lie behind the play, but also take us to see various projects about Second Life Theatre that they are running here – and introduce us the the world of the story of Snow!

Entropy V - Diabolus Juvante by NaTaS Janus on LEA 21, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Entropy V – Diabolus Juvante by NaTaS Janus on LEA 21, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then Saffia meets Solkide Auer at his installation, The Cave on on LEA19, while Elrik explores The Philosophy of Furniture by Daark Gothly, Mazie Halpern and Cienega Soon on LEA 18. And Saffia takes a stroll through Ediola on LEA24, created by Livio Korobase with Footnotes by Arts Oluja – a really fascinating study of visions and ways of seeing. Finally, they visit Unititled on LEA28, created by Storm Septimus, another monumental and stunning installation, this time about the nature of pain.

In addition, Wildstar Beaumont explored three further installations to create a truly wonderful slideshow for this episode: Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29; Seductions by Lorys & Alo on LEA 23; and Entropy V – Diabolus Juvante by NaTaS Janus on LEA 21.

Seductions by Lorys & Alo on LEA 23, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seductions by Lorys & Alo on LEA 23, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This really is a show not to be missed! So please join us at 2pm SLT.

You’ll be able to see all these installations until the end of June when a new round of Artists in Residence begins. And if you have been inspired by what you have seen at the LEA and would like to apply for a six month grant of a region of your own, check out the application form here: http://lea-sl.org/form/lea-air-land-grant-application-round-fifteen

Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The LEA welcomes established and first time artists.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

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Entropy V - Diabolus Juvante by NaTaS Janus on LEA 21, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Entropy V – Diabolus Juvante by NaTaS Janus on LEA 21, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Places to visit from today’s show:

Snow, by Fakey Jewell and Dorian Cao of the Jewell Theatre on LEA 25 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA25/45/206/26

The Cave by Solkide Aueron on LEA19 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA19/136/167/983

The Philosophy of Furniture by Daark Gothly, Mazie Halpern and Cienega Soon on LEA 18 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA18/171/199/2

Ediola by Livio Korobase with Footnotes by Arts Oluja on LEA24 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA24/87/125/21

Unititled by Storm Septimus on LEA28 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA28/58/155/1990

Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA29/132/131/22

Seductions by Lorys & Alo on LEA 23 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA23/36/202/3501

Entropy V – Diabolus Juvante by NaTaS Janus on LEA 21 -http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA21/136/116/664

Seductions by Lorys & Alo on LEA 23, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seductions by Lorys & Alo on LEA 23, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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