About Cambodian Living Arts

Our History

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

Executive Team

ARN Chorn-Pond


PRIM Phloeun

Executive Director

YON Sokhorn

Programs Director

Program Team

EN Sormanak

Learning & Development Program Manager


Festival Coordinator

SOUS Sinath

Grants Manager


Community Engagement & Outreach Program Coordinator

THA Samath

Senior Program Coordinator

Marketing and Fundraising

CHOEUN Socheata

LAI Graphic Design Coordinator

PHARY Phacdey

Marketing and Fundraising Manager


Communication Coordinator


Videographer and Editor

Operation and Finance



HOUR Phaktra

Finance Coordinator

KUON Manith

Head of Finance

KONG Chanmanina

Senior Finance & Operation Coordinator

PICH Panha

Office Assistant

SO Maly


SO Piseth

Security Guard

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

Sokny Onn

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.

Cambodian Living Arts’ Masters