Visited Second Life lately? If you haven't jumped on the virtual bandwagon to explore this alternate world, let me catch you up to speed:
Second Life is an online gathering place for people of all ages to play, learn, create, and interact. In this realm, you customize a digital self called an "avatar," (yes, you can become a blonde) the being through which you experience everything from theatrical performances to museum exhibitions. You can go shopping at a high-end retail store one day and build your virtual dream house the next. The possibilities are truly limitless. Teen Second Life, just for kids ages 13-17, is a bit different--more protected, with a focus on education and community but still endless in its scope.
We're elated to report that one of our exhibitions, Transitions: Photographs by Robert Creamer, is now on view in Teen Second Life. The online show was created by the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg Counties (NC) in conjunction with the library's real-world presentation of the exhibit (a teen patron actually built the gallery space). This micro version is nearly identical to the traveling exhibit with one exception: Here, the gallery will also house works of scanner art by teens themselves, and unlike a traditional gallery, this space has room to grow, giving students virtual walls on which to hang their digital designs.
Indeed, the library has done a fantastic job of integrating hands-on instruction--scanner photograhy classes that were offered at the library--with the virtual world, the world that these digital natives know so well.
Look for the Second Life photo gallery in the left column . . .