Saturday, January 16, 2010

Artists and Musicians in Second Life Helping to Raise Money for Haitian Aid

We've all been watching with dismay the horrific pictures and stories coming out of Haiti. In the last two days, I've received several notices from artists and musicians who are taking an active approach and are utilizing their skills to help raise money for the victims of the catastrophe that befell one of the world's poorest nations. I'll reprint them here as they come in. The first two are from good friend and fractal artists Serenity Questi:

Hi Everyone,

I'm sure you're all aware of the recent tragedy in Haiti. As artists, we are very sensitive to the beauty in the world, and want to help when ugly things happen.

As Second Life Artists, there are several things we can do, some of which are listed here:

1) Of course, the main thing is to make donations to legitimate charitable organizations, and tell them you want these funds to go to Haiti. Here are some reputable organizations:

2) Designate Second Life Artists for Haiti days at your galleries. Notify your groups that profits from all art sales on those days will go to benefit one of the relief funds mentioned above. (I plan to do this several times.)

3) Hold an event at your gallery and have several artists participate, again, having all profits from sales go to the relief funds. (I'll be doing one of these, too.)

There are all sorts of creative things we all can do to help Haiti. I look forward to hearing what you come up with.

If you need any input on your Second Life Artists for Haiti event, please let me know! I plan to create promotional posters in the next few days. If you'd like to use them, please contact me.

Serenity Questi

The second note from Ms Questi:

Hi Everyone,

No doubt you all have heard about the recent tragedy in Haiti. I encourage you to do what you can to help the Haitian people at this time.

In an effort to help in some small way, I've decided to contribute all profits from my art sales on the following dates to Haitian relief via


January 17th and 18th

January 22nd and 23rd

January 30th and 31st


Drum Circle Gallery

Gallerie Lagiappe

Café Paris

Serenity Questi AI Gallery

Serenity Questi Coyote Gallery

Force Planet

Vertex Plaza


ZRM Gallery Roof Top Garden

ZRM Gallery Lawst Paradise

From Martine Lorefield:


My name is Martine Lorefield. I am a performer here in SL but also an American-Haitian who is looking for your help.

January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake hit the island of Haiti approx. 5pm EST time (2pm SLT), followed by 28 aftershocks leaving the Island in a huge dilemma. Haiti is known to be the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with eighty percent of Haiti's population living under the poverty line, according to the CIA World Fact book.

This disaster is the latest to befall the country of about 9 million people and because the city of Port Au Prince is densely populated and has poorly constructed housing, there will be a very high death toll.



Artists are very sensitive to the beauty in the world, and by nature they want to step up when ugly things happen. Second Life artists are no exception, and the have stepped up in record numbers. Below are just a FEW of the fundraising events that are to be held this month. Contact Maoriboi Mint for an updated schedule, as it is changing rapidly!

***FIrst of all, all the art displayed in the cave at Club Van Helsing between now and Thursday, January 21st is for sale, and the proceeds will go to the Yele Haiti Foundation. (More details below.)

Artists participating include: Serenity Questi, Figbash Snook, Eliza Quinzet, Maria Binder, Reflection Freenote, Sheba Blitz, Treacle Darlandes, Harli Magic, Xe Namiboo, and Trill Zapatero, and more are being added daily!

***SL Musicians are stepping up to the plate as well. On Sunday, January 17th, the following musicians will be performing live at Woodstock:

5 AM - 6 AM: Jana Kyomoon

6 AM - 6.30 AM: Fyrm Fouroux

7 AM - 8 AM: Lyn Carlberg

8 AM - 8.30 AM: Jon Bazar

8.30 - 9 AM: Gandalf Mornington

9 AM - 10 AM: AldoManuto Abruzzo

10 AM - 11 AM: Bruce Scrabblebat

11 AM - 11.30 AM: Joe Paravane

11.30 AM - 12 PM: ZeroOne Paz

12 PM - 1 PM: Lyndon Heart

1 PM - 1.30 PM: Pondman Haalan

1.30 PM - 2 PM: Quinton Whitman

2 PM - 2.30 PM: OhMy Kidd

2.30 PM - 3 PM: Martine Lorefield

***Another day of music and art will be held at Club Van Helsing on Thursday, January 21st. More details to be announced. Contact Maoriboi Mint for details.

***Artists all over the grid are holding Artists for Haiti Days. These are days in which all profits from the sale of their art will be donated to Haitian Relief funds.

Serenity Questi will be having Artists for Haiti Days for her work on January 17th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd, 30th and 31st. Check the picks in her profile to see where her art is displayed.



1) Of course, the main thing is to make donations to legitimate charitable organizations, and tell them you want these funds to go to Haiti. Here are some reputable organizations:

2) If you are an artist and would like to hold an event at your gallery, please contact Serenity Questi for more information and promotional materials.

3) If you would like to hold an event on your land, please contact Maoriboi Mint for information and promotional materials.

4) If you would like to promote events being held elsewhere, or would be willing to place a donation board on your land, please contact Serenity Questi.

Thank you for your care and concern for the people of Haiti.

From good friend Robin Roar:


Norris Shepherd has been touched by what as happened in Haiti like the rest of us. He has been performing benefits for the past few days and has collected over $150USD which he will be donating all to medicines' sans frontiers. Tomorrow he will be having an early show and then following him will be Nad Gough and Damian Carbenell. The venue will be at LC Live!

We have lined up as of tonight:

Norris Shepherd 7am
Nad Gough 12am
Damian Carbenell  2pm

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