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The Cambodian Living Arts announces four new art and culture grants

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Arn Chorn-Pond, founder of Cambodian Living Arts delivers a speech for the opening of the Dam Dos Celebration. KT/Srey Kumneth

The Cambodian Living Arts organisation has awarded four grants to various art disciplines this year to continue the support of local arts and culture in the Kingdom.

Arn Chorn-Pond, founder of Cambodian Living Arts, spoke at the Dam Dos (‘Plant and Grow’) Celebration held at the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center last week and said, the organisation has been awarding grants for three years and has achieved ”fruitful achievements” for local art enthusiasts.

As a genocide survivor and musician, Arn is grateful to see the country’s movement towards better arts and culture preservation. Saying, “Dam Dos offer grant opportunities to junior and senior art fellows, especially in classical art forms, to present talent and create a market for their art.”

A group photo of Arn Chorn-Pond and the four successful grant winners. KT/Srey Kumneth

Dam Dos divides their organisation into two grant opportunities, mobility grants and project-based grants. Allocating funds to four Cambodian art mavens, selected by the Dam Dos committee.

Awarding grants up to $2,500 each the grantees are required to use their allocated funds to achieve their proposed projects, such as; creative, community-based and research projects related to traditional Khmer arts and culture.

“We would like to request all grantees use their awarded funds efficiently, with the aim of contributing back to Cambodian society and assist other artists who did not receive an opportunity like them,” Arn said.

The four Dam Dos’s projects this year are:

1. Va Bophary, researcher and lecturer.

Project: Translate and publish the book of Pithi Sampeaskru in Mohaori Music.
The book consists of 20 rare songs and the techniques of performance during the ceremony. The books will serve as a reference for the Royal University of Fine Arts and will also be distributed to various libraries.

2. An Pagna, theatre director and playwright.

Project: Choreograph a show called “Darkness in the Sun”
The show will address the Kingdom’s various social issues and proposed solutions throughout the show.

3. Ry Monisovanya, designer and artist.

Project: Women empowerment project titled “Rice and Rights.”
To challenge the traditional mindset that a women’s role is in the kitchen, this street art project will challenge that notion with photos of strong and capable women.

4. Chan Vitharin, a lecturer at the Royal University of Fine Arts.

Project: Publish a book about printmaking art.
The book will include the art forms history, techniques, process and a collection of printmaking art. The book will be preserved for researches and other artist and be distributed to various libraries, NGOs and institutions.

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