The war from 1975-79 decimated the Cambodian arts, with few masters of the traditional arts forms surviving the terrible period of the Khmer Rouge. Since 1994, KCDI has been working to revive and now protect and promote the traditional arts. This project now supports 400 primary school children, aged 7 - 12, from the surrounding communities to receive free quality tuition in the arts also as vocational training. Children from very disadvantaged backgrounds receive additional support.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
During the Khmer Rogue period, nearly 90% of artists were killed. The once rich and thriving culture is in danger of disappearing, forever. There is little knowledge about or chance to learn about traditional art forms and young people risk losing an important part of their own culture and identity. As Cambodia develops, it is vital it does so with a clear self-identity, one that is fostered by a strong and diverse arts sector.
How will this project solve this problem?
The project will be provide free, high-quality training for children in the Kampot area in five traditional art forms: Yike, Mahori, Pin Peat, classical and folk dance. By providing training and awareness raising, KCDI will help reconnect young people to their culture. It will also provide a path towards future employment.
Potential Long Term Impact
Children who study at KCDI will have more opportunities for their future. The teaching program provides a vocational track to becoming a professional artist, as many previous KCDI students have done. With more students training in the traditional arts, the greater the spread and awareness of these ancient traditions and music.
Total Funding Received to Date: $9,220
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $780
Total Funding Goal: $10,000