Cambodian Living Arts was founded in 1998 by genocide survivor, musician and peace advocate Arn Chorn-Pond initially to preserve and revive Cambodia’s endangered traditional art forms. 90% of Cambodia’s artists did not survive the Khmer Rouge regime and Cambodia’s artistic heritage, the heart of a culture, was in danger of being lost forever.
Over the last 20 years, both Cambodia and the arts scene have developed rapidly and we have evolved our work to match. Today we focus on helping talented people to build and develop careers in the arts, though providing scholarships, fellowships and support to professional troupes.
Looking forwards, CLA’s mission is to be a catalyst in a vibrant Cambodian arts sector, inspiring new generations. We aim to promote creativity and innovation in the arts sector, build links with our neighbours in the Asian region, and expand audiences and markets for the Cambodian performing arts nationally and internationally.