We were founded in 1998 by genocide survivor and musician Arn CHORN-POND. For a decade, we focused on endangered performing art forms and rituals. As 90% of Cambodia’s artists did not survive the Khmer Rouge regime, Cambodia’s artistic heritage 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.  We have focused on helping talented people to build and develop careers in the arts, through scholarships, fellowships, and support to troupes and individuals.

Looking forwards, we aim to promote creativity and innovation in the arts sector, and to build links with our neighbors in the Greater Mekong region and further afield in Asia. We are also working to get more arts and culture education into Cambodian public schools, and to increase performance opportunities for Cambodian artists.


We believe arts are at the heart of a vital society.


We envision the arts and cultural expression as essential to a thriving future for Cambodia.


Cambodian Living Arts’ mission is to be a catalyst in a vibrant arts sector, inspiring new generations.


Arn CHORN-POND, our founder

Arn is a musician, human rights activist, and survivor of the Khmer Rouge period. He was born into a family of artists, but in 1975 was sent to a children’s labor camp. Under the instruction of a Master Artist, he survived by playing propaganda music. He escaped, spending time at a refugee camp in Thailand, before aid worker Peter POND adopted him in 1980. He was educated in the US, and started up several community projects in his new country. In the 1990s, Arn returned to Cambodia to find his former teacher and to rebuild the artistic legacy of his family. After seeing the desperate conditions faced by Cambodia’s remaining Masters, Arn was moved to help. In 1998, along with a group of dedicated people from the US, he created the Cambodian Masters Performers Program, which grew into Cambodian Living Arts.

Learn more about Arn




  • Phloeun PRIM
      Phloeun PRIMExecutive Director
    • Frances RUDGARD
        Frances RUDGARDManaging Director
      • Jean-Baptiste PHOU
          Jean-Baptiste PHOUHead of Creative Programs


        Arts Development

        • EN Sormanak
            EN SormanakProgram Coordinator
          • YON Sokhorn
              YON SokhornProgram Manager
            • CHOEUN Socheata
                CHOEUN SocheataCommunications & Outreach Coordinator
              • SOTH Chandaly
                  SOTH ChandalyProgram Coordinator

                Our arts development program has been at the heart of CLA’s work since we began in 1998. We support artists, troupes, teachers, and communities to sustain their work in the arts and to earn a living. We do this by providing training in both artistic and non-artistic skills, giving financial, administrative, and logistical support, and creating opportunities for collaboration and exchange


                Arts Education

                • Marie CHRISTINE
                    Marie CHRISTINEArts Education Consultant

                  This program aims to better integrate culture and arts education into Cambodia’s education system. We are working with the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports, and with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and UNESCO as partners.



                  • KEAT Sokim
                      KEAT SokimProgram Coordinator
                    • SO Phina
                        SO PhinaProgram Manager

                      We support research and dialogue into the role of arts in society, and strengthening connections with our neighbors in the Greater Mekong region and elsewhere in Asia. We collaborate with government, civil society, grassroots organizations and regional institutions, and contribute to cultural policy discussions both in Cambodia and internationally. We also run a Fellowship program for artists and cultural workers who are driving the sector forwards.


                      HERITAGE HUB

                      • SOK Sophea
                          SOK SopheaCleaner
                        • KHOEUT Sochea
                            KHOEUT SocheaProject Coordinator
                          • SONG Seng
                              SONG SengProgram Manager

                            We aim to support the continuity and preservation of Cambodia’s artistic and cultural heritage. This is a theme which runs throughout all of our programs.


                            EXPERIENCE CLA

                            • CHHUON Sarin
                                CHHUON SarinHead of Experience CLA
                              • ROEUN Rina
                                  ROEUN RinaSenior Production Coordinator
                                • CHHIN Vanoeun
                                    CHHIN VanoeunSenior Sales & Marketing Coordinator
                                  • VY Lengcheng
                                      VY LengchengProduction Coordinator
                                    • PHOK Sarith (Sok)
                                        PHOK Sarith (Sok)Facilities Coordinator
                                      • SAM Propey
                                          SAM PropeyAssistant Facilities Manager
                                        • SAMRETH Vannak
                                            SAMRETH VannakSales Account Manager
                                          • MOL Phirum
                                              MOL PhirumSales Account Manager
                                            • SAM Sokharun
                                                SAM SokharunMarketing and Communications Coordinator
                                              • YORN Maliya
                                                  YORN MaliyaSales Agent
                                                • MOM Dany
                                                    MOM DanySales Agent
                                                  • PIN Sreynoch
                                                      PIN SreynochSales Agent
                                                    • CHHEANG Sokpenh
                                                        CHHEANG SokpenhUsher
                                                      • PROSETH Vochinea
                                                          PROSETH VochineaMarketing Manager


                                                        THE KHMER MAGIC MUSIC BUS

                                                        • HENG Samnang
                                                            HENG SamnangSenior Program Coordinator
                                                          • THORN Seyma
                                                              THORN SeymaArtistic Production Manager & Co-Founder
                                                            • THON Dika
                                                                THON DikaCommunications and Outreach Officer

                                                              SUPPORT TEAMS


                                                              • SUN Sithika
                                                                  SUN SithikaOperation Coordinator
                                                                • PICH Panha
                                                                    PICH PanhaOffice Assistant
                                                                  • SO Maly
                                                                      SO MalyCleaner

                                                                    SUPPORT TEAMS

                                                                    INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT

                                                                    • Erik HYMAN
                                                                        Erik HYMANAssociate Director of Development - North America
                                                                      • PHARY Phacdey
                                                                          PHARY PhacdeyDevelopment Coordinator

                                                                        SUPPORT TEAMS


                                                                        • KONG Chanmanina
                                                                            KONG ChanmaninaLAI-Finance Coordinator
                                                                          • HOUR Phaktra
                                                                              HOUR PhaktraECLA-Finance Coordinator
                                                                            • KUON Manith
                                                                                KUON ManithHead of Finance

                                                                              OUR BOARD

                                                                              • R. Kelley BONN
                                                                                  R. Kelley BONN

                                                                                  Retired Bank Executive
                                                                                  Hartford, CT, USA

                                                                                • John BURT
                                                                                    John BURTCo-Founder, Chair of Advisory Council, Chair of Vision Committee

                                                                                    President, John Burt Productions, Chair, Season of Cambodia, New York 2013
                                                                                    New York, NY USA

                                                                                  • Rachel COOPER
                                                                                      Rachel COOPER

                                                                                      Director, Global Performing Arts and Special Cultural Initiatives, Asia Society
                                                                                      New York, NY USA

                                                                                    • Dr. Richard C. HELFER
                                                                                        Dr. Richard C. HELFERChair of the Board

                                                                                        Founding Chairman Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Chairman CREO Lifestyle International Pte Ltd & RCH International Pte Ltd

                                                                                      • Alfred MUNZER
                                                                                          Alfred MUNZER

                                                                                          Retired physician, former president American Lung Association
                                                                                          Washington DC, USA

                                                                                        • Mary K. READ
                                                                                            Mary K. READ

                                                                                            Company Director
                                                                                            Sydney, Australia

                                                                                          • Charley TODD
                                                                                              Charley TODDBoard President

                                                                                              Retired School Head
                                                                                              Phnom Penh, Cambodia & Putney, VT, USA

                                                                                            • H.E. VENG Sereyvuth
                                                                                                H.E. VENG Sereyvuth

                                                                                                Former Minister of Culture; Former Minister of Tourism; Chairman of Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia
                                                                                                Phnom Penh, Cambodia

                                                                                              • Eric WONG
                                                                                                  Eric WONGTreasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee

                                                                                                  Blue Ridge Capital
                                                                                                  New York, NY USA

                                                                                                • Barbara BARRON
                                                                                                    Barbara BARRONTrustee, Development Committee

                                                                                                    Advancement Consultant
                                                                                                    San Rafael, CA, USA

                                                                                                  • Melissa IM
                                                                                                      Melissa IM

                                                                                                      Advisor, The Juhi Center
                                                                                                      New York, NY, USA

                                                                                                    • Dr. Venka PURUSHOTHAMAN
                                                                                                        Dr. Venka PURUSHOTHAMANInternational Advisory Council

                                                                                                        Vice President (Academic) & Provost, LASALLE College of the Arts

                                                                                                      ADDITIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

                                                                                                      • Dana B. WHITE
                                                                                                          Dana B. WHITEFinance Committee

                                                                                                        ADVISORY COUNCIL

                                                                                                        • Anida YOEU ALI
                                                                                                            Anida YOEU ALI

                                                                                                            Artist, USA

                                                                                                          • Anmol VELLANI
                                                                                                              Anmol VELLANI

                                                                                                              Founder, India Foundation for the Arts, India

                                                                                                            • Carol BECKER
                                                                                                                Carol BECKER

                                                                                                                Dean of Faculty, Columbia University School of the Arts, USA

                                                                                                              • Clare SHINE
                                                                                                                  Clare SHINE

                                                                                                                  Vice President & Chief Program Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar, Austria

                                                                                                                • Connie BAHER
                                                                                                                    Connie BAHER

                                                                                                                    President, U.S. Business Communications, USA

                                                                                                                  • Cynthia SCHNEIDER
                                                                                                                      Cynthia SCHNEIDER

                                                                                                                      Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown University, USA

                                                                                                                    • John BURT
                                                                                                                        John BURTCo-Founder, Chair of Advisory Council, Chair of Vision Committee

                                                                                                                        President, John Burt Productions, Chair, Season of Cambodia, New York 2013
                                                                                                                        New York, NY USA

                                                                                                                      • Joyce CLARK
                                                                                                                          Joyce CLARK

                                                                                                                          Board Chair, Heritage Watch International, USA

                                                                                                                        • Katelijn VERSTRAETE
                                                                                                                            Katelijn VERSTRAETE

                                                                                                                            Director Arts and Creative Industries East Asia, British Council, Singapore

                                                                                                                          • Marie LE SOURD
                                                                                                                              Marie LE SOURD

                                                                                                                              Secretary General, On the Move, Belgium

                                                                                                                            • Marjorie CHU
                                                                                                                                Marjorie CHU

                                                                                                                                Curator, gallery owner, author and lecturer, Singapore

                                                                                                                              • Mike VAN GRAAN
                                                                                                                                  Mike VAN GRAAN

                                                                                                                                  Executive Director, African Arts Institute, South Africa

                                                                                                                                • Rithy PANH
                                                                                                                                    Rithy PANH

                                                                                                                                    Founder, Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, Cambodia

                                                                                                                                  • Venka PURUSHOTHAMAN
                                                                                                                                      Venka PURUSHOTHAMAN

                                                                                                                                      Provost & Vice President (Academic), LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

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