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, though 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 PRIM Executive Director
  • Frances RUDGARD
    Frances RUDGARD Managing Director
  • Jean-Baptiste PHOU
    Jean-Baptiste PHOU Head of Creative Programs


Arts Development

  • YON Sokhorn
    YON Sokhorn Program Manager
  • SOTH Chandaly
    SOTH Chandaly Program Coordinator
  • EN Sormanak
    EN Sormanak Program Coordinator
  • KEAT Sokim
    KEAT Sokim Communications & 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 Arts Education Consultant
  • SUON Bunrith
    SUON Bunrith Program 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 Phina Program 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.



  • SOK Sophea
    SOK Sophea Cleaner
  • KHOEUT Sochea
    KHOEUT Sochea Project Coordinator
  • CHOEUN Socheata
    CHOEUN Socheata Communications & Outreach Coordinator
  • SONG Seng
    SONG Seng Program 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.



  • CHHUON Sarin
    CHHUON Sarin Head of Experience CLA
  • ROEUN Rina
    ROEUN Rina Senior Production Coordinator
  • CHHIN Vanoeun
    CHHIN Vanoeun Senior Sales & Marketing Coordinator
  • LY Vathana
    LY Vathana Sales Coordinator
  • VY Lengcheng
    VY Lengcheng Production Coordinator
  • PHOK Sarith (Sok)
    PHOK Sarith (Sok) Facilities Coordinator
  • SAM Propey
    SAM Propey Assistant Facilities Manager
  • SANG Srey Pich
    SANG Srey Pich Production Coordinator
  • SAMRETH Vannak
    SAMRETH Vannak Sales Account Manager
  • MOL Phirum
    MOL Phirum Sales Account Manager
  • SAM Sokharun
    SAM Sokharun Marketing and Communications Coordinator
  • YORN Maliya
    YORN Maliya Sales Agent
  • MOM Dany
    MOM Dany Sales Agent
  • PIN Sreynoch
    PIN Sreynoch Sales Agent
  • CHHEANG Sokpenh
    CHHEANG Sokpenh Usher
  • SAN Sreynich
    SAN Sreynich Usher



  • HENG Samnang
    HENG Samnang Senior Program Coordinator
  • THORN Seyma
    THORN Seyma Artistic Production Manager & Co-Founder
  • THON Dika
    THON Dika Communications Coordinator



  • LENG Hywfi
    LENG Hywfi Operation & HR Manager
  • LOR Veasna
    LOR Veasna Office Administrator
  • PICH Panha
    PICH Panha Office Assistant
  • LIM Chanboth
    LIM Chanboth Guard
  • SO Maly
    SO Maly Cleaner



  • Jessica ALEX
    Jessica ALEX Senior Development Coordinator
  • Hermione BROOKS
    Hermione BROOKS Communications Manager
  • PHARY Phacdey
    PHARY Phacdey Development Coordinator
    Kai BRENNERT Institutional Partnerships Coordinator



  • KUON Manith
    KUON Manith Head of Finance
  • PHORN Sitha
    PHORN Sitha Accounting Coordinator
  • MEN Channy
    MEN Channy Finance Coordinator


  • R. Kelley BONN
    R. Kelley BONN

    Retired Bank Executive
    Hartford, CT, USA

  • John BURT
    John BURT Co-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. HELFER Chair 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 TODD Board 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 WONG Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee

    Blue Ridge Capital
    New York, NY USA

  • Barbara BARRON
    Barbara BARRON Trustee, Development Committee

    Advancement Consultant
    San Rafael, CA, USA

  • Melissa IM
    Melissa IM

    Advisor, The Juhi Center
    New York, NY, USA

    Dr. Venka PURUSHOTHAMAN International Advisory Council

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


  • Dana B. WHITE
    Dana B. WHITE Finance Committee


  • 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 BURT Co-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


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

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