LEA Regions Officially Goes Offline


LEA regions offline as of 4th September 2019

This morning all of the LEA regions have now officially gone offline which is really sad news. It’s a real shame nothing was saved or continued under new management. This is such a blg loss to the Second Life community.

I hope along with many others that Linden Lab could start a new LEA 2.0 program in the near future. Maybe something might happen in the 2020s. I think Second Life desperately needs a version of it back.

What do you think ?

If anything new develops with LEA 2.0 I’ll be sure to blog about it.

Farewell LEA 😦

Linden Lab closing down LEA regions on 1st September


Breaking News

Sad news to report today is that Linden Lab will be closing down the LEA regions in Second Life on Sunday 1st September 2019 after no agreement was reached to save them. It’s going to be big loss going forward for arts in Second Life.

The news was sent out today to the LEA groups inworld on Friday 30th August. I personally hope Linden Lab will start a new program in the near future with a new vision going forward.


A final farewell message from the LEA Committee – 30th August 2019

Linden Endowment for the Arts in its current form comes to an end on August 31st and the remaining sims will be taken offline by Linden Labs on September 1st.

We would like to thank all those who came to support this program and the many artists who took part in it as Artists in Residence, Core grant holders or as collaborators with others in the many projects hosted on the LEA regions or took advantage of the Sandbox . The creativity demonstrated by the artists of Second Life at LEA was truly extraordinary and made the program a huge success from its inception in 2011.

We hope that Linden Labs will institute a new program to support the Arts in Second Life in the near future.

Thank you everyone

The LEA Committee
PatriciaAnne Daviau, Joan Bree Balogh, Lapiscean Liberty , Jayjay Zifanwe, Corcosman Voom, TheDove Rhode


LEA closure now likely to happen at the end of the week


LEA Welcome Area

LEA Update: 28th August 2019

With four days until the 1st of September it looks likely now the LEA regions in Second Life will be shut down before the end of the week. The lab have not released anything public as far as I know confirming they will save the LEA regions.

Various sources are saying that the word is that the LEA regions will be closing most likely on Saturday 31st August. The LEA regions could go within the next few days. There is a possibility the LEA regions could be reopened or come back to the grid at a later time. There is a chance though that the LEA Sandbox region could be saved.

The LEA 2.0 The New Future – Save LEA group will remain open and proactive apparently. There is still communications going on between Linden Lab and the LEA team. If the LEA regions do shut down at the end of this week it will be a huge loss for the Second Life community. I do hope the LEA regions can be saved in some way before the end of the week.

I’ll post futher updates on LEA if anything new developments this week.

Save LEA

Join The LEA 2.0 Group


Tansee Resident and Riannah Avora have started a new interesting movement recently to try and keep the LEA alive in Second Life. They have formed a new group in Second Life called LEA 2.0 The New Future – Save LEA ! which is worth joining. The group was formed to find positive people who are willing to share hopeful suggestions.  

120 members have already joined the new LEA 2.0 group which is a good start and hopefully hundreds more will join in the weeks ahead. 

Join the group today (free) and help save LEA! 

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 reasonalbe solutions
Send Notecards to Rianna Avora Baron or Tansee

On 25th July Tansee Resident and Riannah Avora apparently sent an email to Patch Linden and Derrik Linden about the new group effort to save LEA. Suggestions and ideas will be sent to Linden Lab next week. 

The hope now is for the lab to respond back with an agreement which would be amazing news for the Second Life community and most importantly the LEA community. A new committee with fresh eyes and abilities will likely be formed soon if the lab accepts. If Linden Lab don’t reach an agreement then this will be deeply sad news indeed. 

In LEA2 its now showing a message saying support LEA 2.0 on the map. Yes I totally agree everyone needs to come together and save LEA from closing down next month.

Save LEA now
LEA regions – 28th July

Please spread the word and lets make a positive difference as a community.

LEA officially closing down at the end of August 2019


LEA regions – 20th July

On Thursday 18th July the Linden Endowment for the Arts Committee announced that the LEA regions in Second Life will be officially closing down at the end of August 2019. The LEA Land Grant was closed by Linden Lab back in January 2019. Just a small number of the committee stayed on to administer the LEA Core regions for the remaining grant commitments apparently. Those grants are now coming to an end and the decision has been made to shut down at the end of next month.

 
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
 
It will be sad to see the LEA program be closed down and it will be missed by the Second Life community. LEA was founded back in 2010 then had it’s first events in 2011. The arts community and Linden Lab have shared a successful venture (exhibitions, programs & events) over the years showcasing the very best arts on the grid. LEA inspired a huge number of people to participate over the years in promoting arts in Second Life.
 
I think Linden Lab should start a brand new program after LEA closes next month to support the arts community showcase their amazing work. If the lab decide not to continue support then it would be very sad and a huge mistake. Today there are so many talented artists that would love the opportunity to showcase their work in Second Life.

LEA Announces Restructuring From 1st January 2019


LEA regions

On Thursday 29th November 2018 The Linden Endowment of the Arts (LEA) announced that it will be temporarily closing it’s residence regions (LEA 10 – 29) from 1st January 2019 to allow for major restructuring.

Apparently there are discussions currently between the LEA committee and Linden Lab about the future of LEA. It’s unclear at the moment how long the regions will be closed for. It will be interesting to see what gets done once the regions come back online again for the public.

Here is the press release with more details about the restructuring…

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 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

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.