We were founded in 1998 by genocide survivor and musician ARN Chorn-Pond. For the first decade, we focused on reviving endangered traditional performing arts.
Over the last 20 years, we have focused on supporting the potential of people to develop and sustain their careers in the arts, through scholarships, fellowships, and support to troupes and classes.
After two decades, we have fully evolved our role as a grantmaker and catalyst in strengthening creativity and expression through different types of grants and commissioning new works to develop a healthy arts ecosystem.
Meet the Team
Learning & Development Program Manager
Community Engagement & Outreach Program Coordinator
Senior Program Coordinator
Marketing and Fundraising
LAI Graphic Design Coordinator
Marketing and Fundraising Manager
Videographer and Editor
Operation and Finance
Head of Finance
Senior Finance & Operation Coordinator
Board of Directors
Dr. Richard C. Helfer
Chair of the Board Founding Chairman and CEO, Raffles International Chairman, Creo Lifestyle International Pte Ltd _ RCH International Pte Ltd Singapore
H.E. Veng Sereyvuth
Chairman, Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia Former Minister of Culture and Minister of Tourism Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Mary K. Read
Company Director, Reads of Woollahra Sydney, Australia
Country Director, Epic Arts
Sophie Toan Ek
Kravanh Restaurant, Owner
The CLA Family
Living Arts International (LAI) was formed to coordinate and strengthen the work of Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) and to create a platform for LAI’s international programs, including regional work via Mekong Cultural Hub (MCH) and Connecting South. All members of the Living Arts International family share a core belief that arts are at the heart of a vital society.