For years, Honour McMillan has been a great champion of the arts in Second Life (indeed, of Second Life in general), and on New Year's Day she put forward a call to other residents to join her in the formation of a volunteer corps to welcome people to arts areas, in particular the Linden Endowment for the Arts sims. If you're a reader of this blog, the odds are pretty good that you might be interested in the arts, and so I encourage you to read her post and to consider lending your time. She says, "The Team will be involved in greeting (both for visitors seeking art in general and for those newbies needing guidance), supporting games and other special events, any minor security tasks, translation, and whatever else we might do to help. The roles will evolve as we go."
"If you’ve never done anything like this before don’t worry—we'll have lots of great people there with you. If you have done this before then be prepared, some aspects of LEA are going to make this very different to any event-based Volunteering you remember," Honour encourages. With 29 regions filled with activity, it's not easy to keep track of what's going on in the LEA sims, and so part of your task would be to help visitors learn what's out there to explore, and to make them feel welcome doing it. If you're interested, simply join the inworld group LEA Volunteers and watch for notices. It's a great way to support the arts, to welcome residents (old and brand new) and to get involved with the LEA. Training for the team begins this month.
(Images here from LEA installations by Rose Borchovski, Cica Ghost and Giovanna Cerise.)