CLA’S SCHOLARSHIPS 2013 LAUNCH EVENT
On September 25, 2012, Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) celebrated its Arn Chorn-Pond Living Arts Scholarships for the school year 2012-13 at CLA office. Scholarship recipients, journalists and members of the scholarships selection committee – CLA’s founder Arn Chorn-Pond, Deputy General Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Cultures and Fine Arts Yun Theara, and Professor of Pin Peat Music at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts Sour Vanna - attended the event.
Arn Chorn-Pond emphasized the importance for CLA to help students get a high-standard education, including both artistic and non-artistic skills. He also encouraged recipients to study hard, and do their best as future young leaders to honor Cambodian culture and nurturing creativity. Yun Theara expressed his concerns about the future of Cambodian arts because of the limited number of institutions and teachers who can transmit their knowledge on to younger generations, and said he sees hope in CLA’s work in encouraging the learning of traditional arts along with the government’s support: “the government is strongly supporting what the NGO is doing” said Yun Theara.
“I feel so happy and excited to have received this essential scholarship!” said Lun Chumnith, a Classical Wedding Music student from Takeo province, who received a scholarship to learn Ksa Diew music notation. He added: “My grandfather was an expert of Ksa Diew, so I want to preserve and extend his precious legacy, which is nearly extinct”.
The ceremony ended with scholarships certificates distribution, as well as distribution of rewards and certificates for CLA’s English students of the past school year. Arn Chorn-Pond concluded: “Behind every strong man, there is always a good woman!”.