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Get Into the Art with the Linden Endowment for the Arts

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Courtney Linden

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The Linden Endowment of the Arts (LEA) is offering three ways to get more involved in the arts in Second Life. Whether you like to build or simply enjoy being part of a creative experience, the LEA has some fun things in store for you in May and June.


Come out to play in the Art Sandbox
Floating cows, tornadoes, and butterfly kites—oh, my! You never know what you might see at the LEA Art Sandbox, which is now officially open to the public.

The LEA exists to help people understand and create virtual art in Second Life. Therefore, the LEA Art Sandbox has been created for the same purpose, by giving Residents space to build and play and experiment with the tools of Second Life as a medium for artistic expression.

So, how do you get started? Take a look at the LEA Art Sandbox wiki page to learn more about working in the different Sandbox areas, how long you can keep your builds there, and how to join the group. For a peek into what you’d experience, take a look at the
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New Machinima for June
The latest lineup for the LEA’s Month of Machinima (MoM) project will be ready for viewing inworld at the LEA Theater on Monday, June 1 at 10:00 a.m. PDT—with the theme of “Mixed Reality.” Seating for the MoM event is conveniently located near each of the theater’s four entrances:

The objective of MoM is to stimulate the creation of new Second Life machinima and introduce the community to the machinima art form. In case you missed last month’s opening event, you can still view the jury-selected, community-created machinima for May on the Month of Machinima YouTube channel.

Dodge, Dash, and Dive in the Avatar Art Games
If you’re a creative type who likes to virtually sweat, the LEA Art Games (aka Avatar Games) might be just the thing for you.

They’re called the Avatar Games because they’re really a “physical” challenge for your avatar—having to successfully run through a gauntlet of objects and artful environments to reach the end. It’s a marriage of artful builds and a silly footrace—making it accessible to those who admire inworld aesthetics and good, clean fun.

The Games involve an an art obstacle course on the LEA sims. One competitor runs the course with one referee monitoring from the platform, and the audience is given special guns with scripts for shooting at the competitors (the bullets don’t cause damage; they just slow them down).

The Avatar Games kick off (pun intended) Monday, June 6 at 4:00 p.m. To sign up for a spot as a competitor or a participating spectator, visit the LEA Avatar Games wiki page. And if you don’t get called for an active role, just come down to the Games each Monday at 4:00 p.m. PDT and you just might get picked out of the crowd!

About the Linden Endowment for the Arts
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.

To learn more about upcoming programs produced by the LEA, join the 
Linden Endowment for the Arts Info group—which is open to the public inworld.

 

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