PROGRAM: Knowledge, Networks, and Policy
AIMED AT: Artists and arts managers
The Living Arts Fellows Program is a professional development program for artists and arts managers. We select creative and dedicated individuals who are already leaders in their particular field, and help them to nurture their vision and values.
Throughout the year, our Fellows meet artists and cultural leaders from around the region, building a network of some of the most innovative people working in the arts and culture sector today. They explore topics relevant to their work in the arts, and develop their personal, professional and cultural perspectives.
Senior leaders in the arts community helped us to develop the program. It emphasizes research and analysis, exposes Fellows to global practices and case studies, and encourages debate, presenting conflicting ideas and opinions.
In 2019, CLA commissioned an independent review of the program, which found it to be “remarkably effective”. To read the review and hear more stories from the fellows, click here.
Milya is an event organizer currently working for the Japan Foundation Asia Center, Phnom Penh Liaison office. She has been involved with Arts and Cultural Exchange in a variety of genres such as Performance Arts, Visual Arts, Film/Moving Image, Music, Sport, Grassroots and Intellectual Exchange which connect her to Artists from different backgrounds. She is also a representative for Mekong Cultural Hub, the sister organization of CLA, where she builds networks with artists and the arts community. She believes that the arts have the power to change the world.
Valy is the Chief of the Heritage Division, Kompong Thom Provincial Department of Culture and Fine Arts. From 2015-2017, he joined the Sambor Prei Kuk Conversation Project under the collaboration of Waseda University. Since 2015, he has lectured on “Culture and Heritage” under the Heritage Education Project. He has also worked with the Director of Culture and Fine Arts in Kompong Thom Province to establish 8 voluntary arts groups (2 from ethnic minority communities) to promote cultural awareness and moral education through dance and theater. He is an Advisor for the Foundation of Smiles, in charge of Khmer culture and arts activities. MANG Valy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in archaeology from the Royal University of Fine Arts.
Sodhachivy (Belle) is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, and lecturer in Classical Dance at the Faculty of Choreography of Royal University of Fine Arts. Belle has been a featured dancer in works led by Emmanuèle Phuon, Peter Chin, Arco Renz, Peter Sellars, and other renowned choreographers. Belle joined the production of The Bangsokol – A Requiem for Cambodia as both a Performer and Assistant Stage Director for its premieres in Melbourne, New York, and Boston. Belle also performed in See You Yesterday, a contemporary piece mixing circus, comedy, and dance, created in collaboration with Phare Ponleu Selpak Association and Global Arts Corps, a U.S.-based NGO advocating arts to heal the wounds and trauma of war. Belle is a founder of SilverBell Dance Group of Performing Artists. Belle graduated from the Secondary School of Fine Arts in 2003 and 2007 from the Royal University of Fine Arts.
Sakun has worked with “Epic Arts” for eight years. Being an inclusive arts course leader, he believes in the power of the arts to change people’s perceptions and the impact on individuals’ lives. He is driven by the idea of showing people the advantages of inclusive art, creating new opportunities for creativity and collaboration in dance and theatre. As a dancer and advocate for inclusive arts, Sakun travels locally and internationally to perform, teach and show the maximum potential of individuals with different abilities. He was a project officer and translator for international dance production ‘Buffalo Boy’ in 2018; delivering dance workshops and performances in “Art for All” in Thailand. In 2019, he attended ‘Social Inclusion’ training in Sweden.
Sreypheak is an independent artist, gallery manager, and art festival organizer trained in contemporary arts. In 2018, she worked as a manager at Sangker Gallery, the only gallery in Battambang where artists are given space to exhibit their works together freely. She envisions Battambang as the artistic center of Cambodia. She will soon start an internship as project manager and young artists development at Sa Sa Art Projects. Pheak also researches and contributes to environmental education on plastic recycling, and conducts workshops for public schools and organizations on arts and environment.
Sokhoeun is a writer and publisher. His short story, ‘Under the Same Sky,’ was awarded by the Sleuk Rith Institution. He is a keen volunteer with other writers to promote reading, writing, and publishing in Cambodia. He co-founded the Mun Teuk Khmao Writer Group and published three short stories as chief of the group from 2018 to 2019. Currently, he is a co-founder of CREATOR Publishing and Distribution House, which focuses on book sales, publishing and consultations. Sokhoeun graduated with a Master of Arts in Development Studies at RUPP in 2011. He also has a Bachelor of Education in TEFL from Build Bright University (2005) and graduated from Prey Veng Regional Teacher Training Center in Pedagogy in 2000.
Arun has worked as principal writer and script supervisor at Khmer Mekong Films since 2006. Before that she worked for BBC Trust as a script supervisor for the successful educational TV drama ‘Taste of Life’. She has also written a children’s book and a short story for the anthology ‘Crush Collection’. She joined the Asia Foundation’ ‘Let’s Read’ program to promote an E-book for children. Inspired by people living with disabilities, Arun has dedicated her time to learn Cambodian sign language from Deaf Development Programme, as she believes that knowing this language will help her to communicate more effectively with other people and give her practical ideas for script writing.
Yanna represents Artsolute-Cambodia in the “ASEAN Puppetry Exchange Program” (APEX), a collaboration between Sovannaphum Art Association, Artsolute-Singapore, ASEAN Foundation and Japanese Solidarity Fund. Through this program, he connects Cambodian artists with trainings, workshops and performance opportunities. Working with Sovannaphum Art Association, Yanna created a program with APEX in 2015 on the topic of Fire, called “APEX-Fire”. This aimed to raise awareness about discrimination, jealousy, and misunderstanding, using puppetry to build peace and understanding. Yanna is pursuing a degree in Communication, Media, and Arts at PUC.
Bandaulis a visual artist, arts teacher, and co-founder of Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPSA), a community-based visual and performing arts school that also provides general education and social support, based in Battambang. Bandaul has exhibited his works extensively both locally and internationally including in Norway, the Philippines, Thailand, Australia, Singapore, New York, London, Istanbul, and Myanmar. He has also published two books: Looking at Angkor and The Land of the Elephants. Bandaul is currently working on a memoir based on his life as a child refugee.
Seyma is co-founder and artistic director of The Khmer Magic Music Bus, which has made trips around Cambodia since 2013 to bring traditional music to rural parts of the country. Previously a singer, she was invited by Arn CHORN-POND to join Waterek Productions, a CD production company. Later, Seyma and Arn co-founded The Khmer Magic Music Bus (The KMMB), and called on musicians from different provinces to form a group. Seyma strongly believes that less well-known traditional musicians deserve the opportunity to perform and show their talents and should be able to transfer their skills to the next generation. The KMMB has recently become a program of Cambodian Living Arts.
Sotheary is an independent arts therapist and a clinical psychologist with 12 years of experience working in the social development sector in Cambodia. Throughout her career, she has advocated for psychology as a necessary human right in Cambodian society. She was instrumental in producing a comprehensive handbook called “Understanding Trauma in Cambodia”. Sotheary has extensive professional experience with survivors of trauma from the Khmer Rouge era, and uses arts and culture as tools in her work. Recently, her work has focused specifically on gender-basedviolence, and has written the book “Past and the Present of Forced Marriage Survivors; Experience toward Healing”. Sotheary received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Counselling in 2010 from Royal University of Phnom Penh.
-HUN Pen, dancer and choreographer and 2015 Fellow
– CHHAN Dina, visual artist and 2016 Fellow
– Sinath SOUS, Director of HR at Phare Performing Social Enterprsie and 2017 Fellow
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Support for Living Arts International fellowships is provided, in part, by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Thank you to the following institutions for making this program possible: