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. Its also important that these ancient art forms are taught properly.
The project will be provide free, high-quality training for over 400 very poor children from rural areas in Kampot who attend local state schools. Tuition will be given 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 and as a form of therapy. The tuition of the arts is given by highly trained Cambodian artists
This program is scheduled for both 2014 and 2015. The last annual year budget as nearly been met and the new budget has now been raised to include the coming year 2015. 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 awareness & preservation of these ancient traditions and music
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