LEA AiR Land Grant Application: Round Fifteen


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6 month land grants on LEA10 through LEA29

Important Dates:

May1st- Round 15 applications open

May 31st- Round 15 applications close

June15th-30th- Email sent to applicants

July1st– Hand over sims to Round 15 recipients

December 31st- End of round 15

It's time for the next round of the LEA Artist-in-Residence Land Grants! (Please read the NOTE at the bottom of the page for grant eligibility.) The LEA Land Grant program seeks to promote and nurture the arts in Second Life, through a six-month land grant to recipients. Recipients can be individuals or groups interested in creating or curating art, or proposing cultural projects which would require/utilize a full-sim build and can be completed within the allotted time frame. The LEA is able to offer land grants through the generosity of Linden Lab.

Below you will find all the information needed to apply for a Land Grant, including helpful information for your application, and how decisions will be made.

If you need any further information, please ping a committee member with your questions.


You. And the LEA. We are looking for projects that utilize the many possibilities available in the virtual world. This is not limited to visual art; we encourage applications that are also collaborative efforts across the spectrum of the arts, including performance, music, and film. We encourage Second Life residents at all levels to apply, and also suggest residents might form groups and apply together if they don't feel they're able to fill a sim on their own.


Land grant recipients are expected to complete a project and open it to the public within the 6-month grant period. This has often been in the form of a full-sim art exhibition and/or immersive installation, but we also welcome applications which propose curatorial projects, especially those which have a connection to physical exhibitions and events ('mixed reality') by individuals and arts groups. The LEA would also prefer that projects be original works for this installation, though of course curators might be presenting existing works.

Recipients will 'buy' (at zero cost) a full sim's-worth of land from the LEA. You will own the land and be able to deed it to your group, and so forth. You will also be an estate manager for the region as well. This gives you a great deal of expressive control over the region, such as setting windlight and terrain textures. We can help with owner-level management such as terrain RAW files.

Artists should take no more than 3 months to execute their build, so that all sims have open work during the last 3 months of their grant. This, however, does not mean you cannot open your project earlier than the 3 month deadline, and in fact many artists in the past have used their land to have multiple exhibits. However, it's important that your project will be ready within 3 months, and this time-frame should be considered (and reflected) in your application.


In addition to completing and presenting their art works, recipients must also uphold the LEA Code of Conduct.

Recipients will also be expected to present at least one event at some point within their residency. This could be an art opening, or it could be lectures or demonstrations. It could be an ongoing event, as well.


In addition to providing land and estate management support, the LEA wants to help make your project a success. You will be assigned a liaison from the LEA Committee, who will help guide you through the land grant timeline, land management, PR planning, and provide information about other helpful resources.


The next round of land grants are scheduled to start on July 1st, 2018

Applications are available now, with a DEADLINE OF May 30th, 2018


Land Grant recipients are decided upon in a democratic fashion by the members of the LEA Committee. All applications are STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL - they are only reviewed amongst the LEA.


There is no one ‘right’ project that qualifies for a land grant. All types of art builds are considered, including immersive builds, highly technical and scripted work, and projects embracing collaborative, curatorial, or education projects. ANYONE has a chance at getting a sim, provided you can demonstrate that you have an idea for a great project and that you are able to complete it in the 5-month grant period.

Here are three general criteria that the committee will consider in its selection process:

  1. Creativity - Your description of the proposed project combined with work samples from your previous projects will show the committee what you do as an artist, and what you will most likely do with an LEA land grant.
  2. Concept - Your artistic vision that seeks to use the unique capabilities of Second Life as its creative basis.
  3. Feasibility - Your ability to complete the proposed project within the 5-month project period, based on previous experience and a written plan/outline/timeline.

Decision Process

Each LEA committee and advisory member will make a list of their top 20 selections from the application pool. The tabulated results are reviewed and ties will be resolved. The remaining 'tied' applicants will be listed as alternates should someone be unable to accept their sim.


Successful recipients can expect to be notified within 2 weeks (see timeline below), and will be handed their sims at the end of the previous round. If an applicant has had a change of circumstance, and feels they can no longer complete their project, that sim will return to the pool and be given to an alternate. No public announcements will be made until all successful applicants are notified and have confirmed.

APPLICATION TIMELINE (subject to change in the event of unforetold crises)

May1st- Round 15 applications open

May 31st- Round 15 applications close

June15th-30th- Email sent to applicants

July1st– Hand over sims to Round 15 recipients

December 31st- End of round 15


Fill out the form below. Please take care to ‘paint a picture’ of your project, and include slurls and/or web pages where we might view your work, to help the committee make an informed decision. 

Thanks for your application, and good luck!


Instructions: Please fill out each section as completely as possible - all fields are required. While applications should be in English, please do not worry if English is not your first language. Also, if you need help with written English or understanding this application, please contact a member of the LEA and we will strive to find someone to help translate.

PLEASE NOTE:  The eligibility standard for an AiR sim is ... you may apply for and receive 2 AiR Land Grants in a row and then must sit out one round before applying for another grant.