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

The Linden Endowment for the Arts announces its closure

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 about the LEA 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

Watercolor Wander at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Watercolor Wander at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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