I had an IM from Bryn Oh, who sits on the committee of the Linden Endowment for the Arts, with some very exciting news. From her blog:
LEA Land Grant
The LEA committee is very excited to announce something that we have been working towards for quite a while now. Essentially we have convinced Linden Labs and their stockholders to give us 20 sims for a year in order to support the arts in Second Life. Below you will find the official announcement and application form to consider. Shortly we will create the online application form and you can start to fill it out if you are interested. The applications will be due by November 1st 2011. Check the Linden Endowment for the Arts blog for updates.
This is an announcement many have been waiting for, as there was a misplaced/premature announcement about ’70 art sims’ when the committee first formed (made by M Linden, not anyone from the committee). The LEA have been working very hard for a while to secure this, and have been otherwise busy with the sims they do have, providing a sandbox for artists, running the wild and fun “Avatar Games” each Monday, and sponsoring a full sim art series (Rebeca Bashly’s Inferno has opened to rave reviews).
Coming this month as well is an incredible installation organised by Bryn, based on the Surrealist game ‘The Exquisite Corpse’, in which ‘each artist was randomly given a scene to compose. A narrative is begun by artist one who then passes it on to artist number two. Artist two adds to the story and passes it on to three and so on until the narrative reaches its conclusion at artist number eight.’ For this, Bryn has chosen some incredible storytellers to join her:
4-Desdemona Enfield / Douglas Story
This opens alongside three other exhibits this weekend, see the details of all the shows here.
The deadline for applications for the new LEA Land Grant is tight, just a few weeks away. You can get the application at Bryn’s blog, or here at the LEA Blog.
Kudos to the LEA for their hard work to bring this level of sponsorship to virtual art!