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.



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


        Arts Development

        • YON Sokhorn
            YON SokhornProgram Manager
          • SOTH Chandaly
              SOTH ChandalyProgram Coordinator
            • EN Sormanak
                EN SormanakProgram Coordinator
              • KEAT Sokim
                  KEAT SokimCommunications & Outreach 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
                  • SUON Bunrith
                      SUON BunrithProgram Manager

                    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.



                    • 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
                          • CHOEUN Socheata
                              CHOEUN SocheataCommunications & Outreach 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
                                    • LY Vathana
                                        LY VathanaSales Coordinator
                                      • VY Lengcheng
                                          VY LengchengProduction Coordinator
                                        • PHOK Sarith (Sok)
                                            PHOK Sarith (Sok)Facilities Coordinator
                                          • SAM Propey
                                              SAM PropeyAssistant Facilities Manager
                                            • SANG Srey Pich
                                                SANG Srey PichProduction Coordinator
                                              • 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
                                                            • SAN Sreynich
                                                                SAN SreynichUsher


                                                              THE KHMER MAGIC MUSIC BUS

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

                                                                    SUPPORT TEAMS


                                                                    • LENG Hywfi
                                                                        LENG HywfiOperation & HR Manager
                                                                      • LOR Veasna
                                                                          LOR VeasnaOffice Administrator
                                                                        • PICH Panha
                                                                            PICH PanhaOffice Assistant
                                                                          • LIM Chanboth
                                                                              LIM ChanbothGuard
                                                                            • SO Maly
                                                                                SO MalyCleaner

                                                                              SUPPORT TEAMS

                                                                              INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT

                                                                              • Jessica ALEX
                                                                                  Jessica ALEXSenior Development Coordinator
                                                                                • Hermione BROOKS
                                                                                    Hermione BROOKSCommunications Manager
                                                                                  • PHARY Phacdey
                                                                                      PHARY PhacdeyDevelopment Coordinator
                                                                                    • Kai BRENNERT
                                                                                        Kai BRENNERTInstitutional Partnerships Coordinator

                                                                                      SUPPORT TEAMS


                                                                                      • KUON Manith
                                                                                          KUON ManithHead of Finance
                                                                                        • PHORN Sitha
                                                                                            PHORN SithaAccounting Coordinator
                                                                                          • MEN Channy
                                                                                              MEN ChannyFinance Coordinator

                                                                                            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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