Avalon Town Supports Architecture in Virtual Worlds

The management of Avalon Town would like to announce, as part of our semi-annual fundraising drive, our support of Virtual Museums Incorporated.

A non-profit organization (501(c)3), formerly known as Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum, Virtual Museums Incorporated (VMI) has begun to renew their vision of representing architecture and design in Second Life. Avalon Town was the home of the event that ultimately led to the birth of this venture, and since then has taken great interest in its growth and development. We were among those devastated by the steps taken by the Foundation to dismantle all their hard work, and would like to do our part to help them rebuild and find their new vision.

On Wednesday, January 19th, we will kick off our fundraising with a live music concert in Avalon Town’s Harmony Cafe. The time will be announced, you can also watch for the event listings on Avalon Town’s website: http://avalontown.spruz.com

Through the end of January and into February, both VMI and the Avalon sims will be hosting various events to raise awareness of the organization, learn more about the future goals and help them fund their rebuilding. 100% of the funds donated throughout the month long event will go to VMI.

On February 13th from Noon to 3pm, we will have a grand finale event at VMI’s event venue, The Edge: a Red & White Ball in honor of Valentine’s Day. This formal event will feature both live and DJ music and an art auction generously provided by some of the best artists in Second Life. All proceeds from the auction will directly benefit Virtual Museums Incorporated.

If you would like to find out how to contribute, or if you would like to donate your own artwork to the art auction, you can contact Tricia Aferdita in world, or email: triciaaferdita@gmail.com

As events are scheduled you will be able to find them, and details, at http://avalontown.spruz.com/events.htm

Thank you in advance for your support of this organization.
Tricia Aferdita
Manager, Events Director
Avalon Town, Avalon Art District

Metaverse Arts Episode 5

This was a great episode with a lot of insight and interesting information about Burning Man and Burn2 from both Burn community members Raven Haalan and Emcee Widget. Check out this episode with event listings and our featured gallery for this episode, Kelly Yap Art Walk

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Metaverse Arts Episode 5, posted with vodpod


Metaverse Arts Episode V – BURN2 Special Edition

We’re celebrating opening day of BURN2 on Metaverse Arts today!

BURN2 - The Iconic Burn Statue


BURN2 is the Second Life counterpart to the Burning Man Festival held in the Nevada High Desert every year. From the Burning Man website: (www.burningman.com) “Burning Man is an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance”

This annual counterpart to Burning Man was originally called Burning Life. This year it’s organization was taken over by the Burning Man team, and changes have been made in its scale and in its adherence to the message and the community ideal  of Burning Man.

Renamed BURN2 – this new, streamlined festival launches today at noon SLT. Metaverse Arts staff attended a press preview and came back with a cornucopia of photos from the festival site. Today at 2pm, we’ll meet up with two BURN2 staff members, Communications Manager Raven Haalan and DMV Department Lead Emcee Widget.

Learn a little more about the changes to the Burn and how it compares to previous years from Raven, then investigate with us the DMV, Department of Mutant Vehicles – a RL and SL Burn phenomenon – and learn about the fun, whimsical and creative Art Cars from Emcee.

All of this, plus we’ll highlight a few upcoming events and unveil this episodes featured gallery!

See you there!

Tricia Aferdita
Metaverse Arts Producer/Host


Artists: Step Up! Against Content Theft

In response to a weekend of the wholesale theft of sims and content, a few SL residents got together and decided they wanted to do something about it. This includes other types of content theft, which have been fought for so long by organizations like Content Creators Association, and other anti-Content Theft groups within Second Life.

Founded by Saffia Widdershins, Gwen Carillon, Angie Mornington and Gabrielle Riel, Step Up! Against Content Theft was created to spread awareness of content theft. Together they instituted Step UP! Day on November 5th, 2009, a day of NO TEXTURE Uploads to the grid to show our economic power. The day will end with a celebration across the entire grid.

DiJodi Dubratt and Ironwolf Taurog have generously donated their gallery sim for a period of time, to feature the creativity of SL Content Creators. We would like to take this opportunity to encourage the artists of Second Life to voice their opinions on Content Theft. Many of us have been the victim of bandwidth theft, snapshot rip-offs of artwork and blatant disregard for IP Rights, DMCA and copyright laws by exhibiting works of old masters, and living artists who are not in SL and completely unaware of their work being stolen.

As curator of the Step Up! Gallery, I invite you to join Step Up!, Jodi and Ironwolf at their sim for a temporary exhibit of artwork showing off the artistic side of SL Content Creators. The exhibit will be sim-wide, highlighting the art community and gearing this extensive part of the SL population into action against Content Theft. We encourage your exhibit to make YOUR statement about Content Theft, share as much of your story and inspirations as you are comfortable with. Find your niche and make it your own

If you would like to exhibit at the sim, please drop me (Tricia Aferdita) a note card in world. Please wait to start setting up after we’ve connected. You can explore the sim now, finishing touches are being completed.


A few things to consider regarding the exhibit:

1) Join the Step Up! Against Content Theft Group, in order to rez at the sim
2) You’ll have about 200 prims to use for your display
3) Please exhibit only. However, you can set landmarks to your galleries/exhibits
4) You can set up anywhere you like on the sim, on the ground or up in the sky and set a LM to the space to give your friends and fans.
5) Scripts and spinning objects okay, but keep an eye on sim lag.
6) No use of bots or other automated SL clients
7) Set up starts soon and the sim will open for public exhibit on Friday, October 30th.

Step Up! Day is November 5th; a day we encourage you to not upload textures and ask you to encourage your friends to do so as well. We are planning events for that day at the Sim, you’re welcome to attend and encourage your friends to attend, more details to come.

More information on Step Up! can be found on the following site:

Thank you for your support and for the support of Content Theft Awareness!
Tricia Aferdita, Step Up! Gallery Curator