|Detail from Garden of Earthly Delight, a Work in Progress by Tomm Pye (general)|
Waaaay back at the beginning of the year I mentioned↑ a team of LEA Volunteers that we were forming. This was to be, and is, the focus of most of my time inworld and much has happened since January.
With 29 sims of art (of all kinds) which change frequently, the scale and scope of what’s there is overwhelming. We are working on the visitor experience. The Volunteers’ mission is to help residents understand what’s going on and to help them find exhibits, events, and resources that are of interest.
We’ve begun repurposing LEA3↑ as a Gateway to the remainder of the sims. The area now hosts a map with tp links to all 29 regions, an event board, information notecards (which are being translated into as many languages as we can), giant posters which appear when Artists officially open their exhibits, and art.
Volunteers staff the Welcome Area as often as their schedules permit, but they also work to support artists by publicizing their efforts, attending openings and events, giving tours to groups which request them, and soon will be working with the Photo Hunt team (more on that to come).
The Welcome Area is surrounded by a “park” full of examples of inworld art by a variety of creators. The displays will change, as will the Welcome Area itself as we learn what works and what’s needed. This is an evolutionary process. :)
The Team now has 43 enthusiastic Volunteers and you’re invited to join. Just contact me inworld, I do training and orientation every month.
Whether you’re interested in becoming one of the Team or not, when you’re looking for a starting point to explore 29 regions of art, come to LEA3↑. The Gateway doors are open!
|Sauce by Maya Paris (moderate)|
Designing Worlds recently did an episode on the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) and the Volunteer Team. They’ve included background on the impetus behind the donation of these sims, and do interviews with three of the current Artists in Residence showing their installations. Thank you to AView TV↑ for allowing me to share the video, it’s well worth watching.