Monday, February 9, 2015

What are the LEA Core Sims & How do You Get One?

The LEA Welcome Area (general)

The scope of LEA can be very confusing, so every now and then I'll try to post something which might help explain the full range of what goes on here.

Many people are familiar with the fact that 20 Artist in Residence Grants are awarded every 6 months - this means that 20 artists have the use of a full sim each for that period of time.

However, there are a total of 29 LEA regions which leaves 9 more (LEA1 through LEA9) available for a variety of purposes. We refer to them as the Core Sims (long story)

The Welcome Area and LEA Photohunt have their home on LEA3. You can find links to all the open exhibitions, works-in-progress, and a calendar of events (that we know about, it's also available if you click on the Calendar button near the top of  this page). There's an art garden around you and the Photohunt on the hill in the corner. It's tough to take a good photo of this region because there's so much going on. Think of it as your Gateway to all that is happening on the 29 islands.

The LEA Welcome Area (general)

LEA5 hosts the Sandbox - and even if you aren't interested in building there you might want to see what others are doing. Machinimatographers and Photographers need to check out LEA7 where there are more than 50 sets available to be used for background and atmosphere.

If you've been counting you'll realize there are 6 more regions I haven't mentioned. These valuable pieces of real estate are available for grants of approximately 3 months in duration. I say "approximately" because they're really very flexible.

You might want a full sim for an immersive experience, or a corner of an island for a 2 week purpose. It's possible you want to run a one time or series of art-related events (which could be, for example, music or drama or comedy or lectures) at the theatre.

We accept and review applications for Core Sim Grants whenever they are received and then do a lot of really interesting acrobatics trying to schedule everything to everybody's satisfaction.

There are often gaps in this schedule though, which results in some serious angst for regions that aren't fully utilized. We provide counselling but would rather give each to an artist who appreciates them.

If you have an idea then fill out the very simple form and submit it. The Core Sims will thank you!

The Sad & Lonely Core Sim (general)