27 April 2020 | Phloeun PRIM
I hope you are all staying healthy and safe as we together face this new reality of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we all adjust to this time of social distancing, I wanted to share our new Living Arts eNewsletter and our newly-launched Living Arts Blog as a way for you to learn more about our work at Cambodian Living Arts, and what we are doing to keep the arts at the heart of a vital society.
Over the last few weeks we have experienced highs and lows at CLA. We had to bring down the lights on our daily show at the National Museum at the same time as receiving proposals from young artists to create new work for our 2020 Cultural Season which will take place later this year. My team is now selecting which pieces we will commission and present to audiences, and I am excited to tell you more about this project later this spring.
This month we are delighted to announce the 2020 class for our Living Arts Fellows Program—which you can read more about in our blog and newsletter. The 2020 Fellows Program is particular because of COVID-19. This year the Fellows have a big task ahead of them. They will learn as leaders during a world crisis. Around the world, we have seen borders tightened, flights canceled, and millions of people living in a time of social distancing—but it’s clear that we are all still connected.
The arts have shown that they can play a role in healing and rebuilding, not just here in Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge, but even now when we as a humanity face the challenge of this new crisis. I hope this series of eNews shows our work, and the work of the leaders we support, to foster positive change through the arts and create a better future—for Cambodia, for our neighbors in the Mekong region, and across the world.
My best wishes to you and your families,