LEA Artist Grants and Machinima Stages in Second Life

Machinima Open Studio Project (moderate)

I meant to point this out before, but I got sidetracked. The next round of applications for the LEA Artist in Residence Grants is now open. There is a lot of information on the page I’ve linked to and you should read it. :)

In short form, you have the opportunity to receive the use of a full sim for 5 months to build the project that has been percolating in that artistic brain of yours. Don’t be afraid to apply – we’re always looking for new artists and would love to hear from you. Applications close on December 30, so go do it now!

Machinima Open Studio Project (moderate)

I say “we” because they’ve foolishly added me to the Committee. If you follow my blog then you know I’m in full agreement that the recent changes to the ToS need to be fixed to ensure that artists, authors, musicians, creators of all types, are protected and (apart from grid maintenance issues) do not give away the rights to their work.

I am comfortable both working on the LEA Committee and inviting artists to apply for a grant for a number of reasons.

Machinima Open Studio Project (moderate)

  • I believe the efforts currently underway to resolve the issue will succeed. I’m not involved in the discussions, I just know they’re taking place and I have faith that within a couple of months things will be sorted out to the residents’ satisfaction.
  • The Linden Endowment for the Arts is not Linden Lab – they donated the land, but it’s run by volunteers. I’ve been an Advisor now for 10 months and have never seen a Linden anywhere near the place.
  • The Committee manages the sims, defines the projects and initiatives, and establishes the policies specific to them, but the ToS is all on the Lab.
  • Finally, and most importantly, I believe strongly in the project’s mandate. There cannot be too much art or too many venues for artists on the grid.
Machinima Open Studio Project (moderate)

My photos today are from one of the areas of LEA that we don’t talk about enough. In addition to the 20 Artist in Residence regions (again, go apply to get one of those) there are a number of other exciting things going on. One of them is the Machinima Open Studio Project↑.

If you are making a video, and need a set, this is a great place to check out. Chic Aeon has all the information on the MOSP blog and you’ll find more tools on the sim. Luckily for me they allow still cameras there as well. :)

Machinima Open Studio Project (moderate)
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  1. PrettyFlower

     /  July 19, 2015

    Thank you for this post! I’ve visited the LEA sims quite a few times to marvel at the awesome exhibits but I never knew the history behind it, oe even what LEA was an acronym for. This gives me more insight into just how wonderful and inspiring an undertaking the whole LEA setup is. Great post!

  2. Willow

     /  July 19, 2015

    Thank you for this post from another person. I took a long “vacation” from SL. Now that I’m back the LEA Artist Grants seem like something I would be interested in but I wasn’t sure where to start.

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