On 11th September Linden Lab announced the Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA) a new community arts initiative developed in partnership with Tansee and Hannington Xeltentat. The SLEA will be starting in January 2021 and will be operating across seven regions supplied by Linden Lab, supported by a board of advisers and volunteers.
This announcement is great news for the whole arts community in Second Life. It’s going to be exciting to see SLEA launch next year. Hopefully it will be a huge success over the next five years or so.
What is SLEA ?
“SLEA is the spiritual successor to the former Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA), a decade-long partnership with the arts community that aimed to help new artists, cultivate art in SL, and foster innovation, collaboration and education. Due to open to the public in January 2021, the new SLEA is a multi-region experience that aims to provide opportunities to further fuel interest in and spotlight the work of both established and emerging artists in Second Life”.
How can artists and creators participate ?
“Specific details of how the community can get involved in SLEA will be revealed in the near future. Keep an eye out for the application where artists and creators can apply for consideration for use of full or partial regions at SLEA. There is also a new SLEA group inworld that interested parties can join, too. To learn even more about SLEA, tune in next week to a special episode of “Designing Worlds” for an insightful interview with Tansee, Hannington and Linden Lab execs Patch and Brett Linden”.
Check out the 2021 schedule spreadsheet below.
“Note: Linden Lab and the SLEA wish to express our deep gratitude to all in the community who have supported and promoted the arts in Second Life over the years. In particular, we want to express thanks to the many volunteers who contributed to the original Linden Endowment for the Arts during its almost decade-long run from 2010-2019. We are grateful for your ongoing passion and support — and we can’t wait to see what the new year brings with SLEA in 2021″.
Check out the layout for the new seven regions launching in 2021 below
The Shelter in Second Life will be closing down at 8pm SLT on Sunday 30th August 2020 it has been confirmed within the last few days or so. There will be two final events happening this weekend which will be a pool party and a formal dance event.
The reasons for the closure is not really known at this point. The good news is that The Shelter building will be archived by Linden Lab very soon. The Shelter will remain inworld for as long as Second Life is still online for. The Shelter group will remain in place however for all new members who want to join they will no longer be allowed in the group going forward now.
This is the official group notice that was recently sent out to all members of The Shelter group in Second Life. It’s a shame that no one can take over the shelter and keep it running.
Shelter Closure ——————–
As I’m sure you will have heard by now The Shelter will be closing it’s doors as of Sunday 30th August 2020 8 PM SLT,
The reasons for this are numerous and too lengthy for this note, but it is not all bad news as The Shelter building will be Archived by the Lindens and will remain in world for as long as Second Life is around
I know a great many of you have considered The Shelter home and I am sorry to all of you, I hope you will continue to enjoy you Second Life’s
The main Shelter Group will remain in place but no new members will be admitted the Infra group will be closed down and all members removed
The final Events will be:
Saturday 29th 1 PM Theme Dance 7 PM Pool Party
Sunday 30th 1 PM Voice Sunday 7 PM Formal Dance
The theme Dances will both have Double Prize Money for their final outing and Wacoede will be DJ’ing the final Pool Party as he was the first DJ for the pool Party
To all the Vendors of the Shelter you have until the 30th to come pick up your items or they will be returned as a coalesced object
To all the Tier Donors feel free to remove your tier contributions but as I said above all members will be removed from the infra group on the 30th
Wacoede Unplugged Shadow Pidgeon
There is a discussion happening on the Second Life forums for those that want to share their memories from the past 16 years.
It looks like the Shelter in Second Life will be sadly closing down at the end of August 2020 after 16 years of operating. Apparently the Shelter build is going to be preserved by Linden Lab as a heritage site. There will be a closing event at 7pm SLT on Sunday 30th August 2020 for the last dance. The Shelter is one of the oldest resident-ran help organisation’s in Second Life since 20th August 2004.
The Shelter was a good place for newbies to get started in Second Life, get freebies, hang out during live music events and much more. There used to be volunteers who helped new residents out every day.
It will be sad when the shelter shuts down as it will be another big loss in Second Life. If anyone has more info about this closure (the main reasons etc) please let me know. I will update my blog when I hear more.