Earlier this year Peter met with Arn Chorn-Pond in London to discuss the work of Cambodian Living Arts and hear more about the scholarship that has been set up in Arn’s name.
Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) was founded in 1998 by Arn and it runs four programs: Artist Development, Learning & Leadership, Network & Policy and Market Creation.
The CLA’s mission is to facilitate the transformation of Cambodia through the arts, working to create an environment where Cambodian arts empower and transform individuals and communities, encouraging the growth of artists and the arts community. They also promote awareness of the arts amongst the cultural policymakers and major institutions in Cambodia. The aim is to create value and understanding of what it means to be Cambodian and to create a sense of unity and shared culture
This month Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) commences the Cambodian Arts Launch Pad, a major, month-long online campaign raising funds for young Cambodian artists through the Arn Chorn-Pond Living Arts Scholarship program, named after CLA’s founder. The Cambodian Arts Launch Pad goal is to raise $18,000 to fund 15 scholarships.
Peter first met Arn in the mid 1980’s when they were both part of the Amnesty International tours that toured the USA and then world and they have remained friends ever since;
“My life changed with the Amnesty tours that went around the US in ’86 and around the world in ’88. It was really the first time that I’d met people directly affected by human rights issues that before I’d only just read about from a distance. One man, Arn Chorn-Pond, stood out especially; a survivor who’s done extraordinary things with his life and is still one of the people that continues to inspire me.” – Peter Gabriel
CLA’s Arn Chorn-Pond Living Arts Scholarship provides annual scholarship placements for young Cambodian artists, allowing the students to study the art form they are passionate about, or pursue non-artistic studies, such as computer or English language skills, to compliment other areas of their arts career development.
“I am very happy to have the support of my friend, Peter. It was an honor to see him again in February, he was so generous with his time, and I’m so excited to have his support.” – Arn Chorn-Pond, co-founder of Cambodian Living Arts.
Photo of Arn & Peter by York Tillyer
Photos of CLA students by Philip Sen