Update on Summer Arts Camp 2012 and planning for 2013
Summer Arts Camp took an unexpected turn in 2012 as unusual conditions converged. Reports of an unspecified serious illness sickening children in Cambodia prompted us to place our usual gathering of dozens of children for Summer Camp from across the city on hold. Instead we organized other activities for groups of children and brought dance and arts activities to disadvantaged children, such as weekend dance lessons for the children on site at the Phnom Penh Municipal Orphanage.
Our history continues
For the past 14 years we have sponsored youth arts programs to encourage pride of culture through knowledge of traditional Cambodian drawing, dance and music and our Summer Arts Camp has been a part of this effort for the past several years.
Arts for youth programs will continue
Yes, it has been a challenging summer. And now, due to a variety of other factors beyond our control, including the city’s plan to build a drainage canal through our former school site as part of an ongoing flood control construction project, we are starting a new school on December 1,2012 , in a new location in central Phnom Penh.
Our new school will be staffed by faculty and graduates of our former program. Now accomplished dancers, our newly graduated students from our original program will bring the joy and discipline of traditional Cambodian dance to disadvantaged children in our new arts for youth programs and also serve as great peer mentors to new students.
We are grateful for your continued support of our efforts as we open our new school and begin plans to continue our Summer Arts Camp program .