By Myra Wilmist and Art Oluja
Medici University is closing, but its legacy lives on.
The last official day of Medici University’s (MU) existence as an entity at LEA 23 is June 30. On July 1, the region will be turned over to the next occupant of LEA 23.
Plans never quite go as people envision them, and MU became so much more than anyone could ever imagine. MU started with Izzy planting a seedling of an idea, the vision for a post modern, virtual art school free of the hierarchical constraints of traditional institutions. This idea evolved over time, and sprouted something unique, nurtured and fed by the students and faculty of MU. The creative interaction, the thought provoking discussions, and the sense of community at MU brought forth something beautiful, as gorgeous as the rarest orchid.
Every student and faculty member made MU grow, everyone contributed in small ways and large. For six months, MU has nurtured and developed the arts in and out of Second Life. People came together exchanging ideas, helping each other, teaching, creating, becoming artists and evolving as artists.
June 30 will bring an end to MU, the buildings and studios will be gone the next day. We’ll no longer have this central place to exchange ideas and work on art and just hang out, together. But the impact of MU will continue to thrive. The school has influenced so many people, and that energy will carry on as we all step away into a new phase of creative exploration. And we will share that inspiration with others, passing along what we’ve learned and sharing our work and ideas.
Thank you everyone at MU, for this wonderful opportunity, I appreciate all your positive energy, your constant support, and of course, all the inspirational creativity that poked my brain everyday I logged onto our quirky campus. -Art