This program pillar focuses on building the capacities or arts students. We want the arts sector in Cambodia to be fully staffed with well-trained arts professionals working to international .professionalism. There are two main programs; the Arn Chorn-Pond Living Arts Scholarships, and the Professional Development Program.
The Arn Chorn-Pond Living Arts Scholarship helps talented young people to become professional artists. We run a program that helps students to develop skills in leadership, financial management, and career planning, and provide bursaries to help cover school fees and expenses.
In October 2016, we awarded 10 new scholarships and renewed 13 existing ones. This year the students are learning arts forms from Pin harp to circus, Smot chanting, and more.
The next round of scholarship applications opens is open now. They are open to arts students and young artists who show talent and motivation to increase their expertise – with priority given to applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“I am always passionate to attend scholarship meetings because I can learn new things, build my self-confidence, and strengthen the relationships with my friends” KHEM Sok Srey Mean, Painting student
My speaking skills and self-confidence have improved very much through the trainings and workshops by CLA.” SGNOUN Kavey Sereyroth, Pin student
“I am more confident to share my ideas and am motivated to join educational events to improve both my general and artistic knowledge and skills” EL Huyno, Painting student
This program aims to give artists, administrators, and technical specialists the skills and experience they need to secure regular, paid work in the arts. From January-August 2016, we provide a set of six courses across the year, including budget management, sales and marketing, and social media. These will run both in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
Noth Somphors, Pin (harp) student: “Even this year is my last year, and I know that my capacity in playing harp is not good enough yet, thus I commit to study more with another teacher when I finish my scholarship with Cambodian Living Arts to improve the quality of playing harp. Moreover, I would love to thank Cambodian Living Arts that supported me to study harp with Dr. Him Sophy, without this support, I could not have the great opportunity to grow both my artistic skills and my personality.”