Cambodian Living Arts

Day Trips in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

CLA is a nonprofit dedicated to reviving Cambodia's proud traditions in performing arts. Their'Living Arts Experiences' connect travelers directly to master artists and cultural ambassadors to take them off the tourist trail and into artists homes, communities and local spaces throughout Cambodia. All experiences directly support their efforts to promote cultural education and employment for artists.

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Art, Class/Workshop and Dancing


Cultural Immersion and Cultural Immersion





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Locally Owned Nonprofit
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Speaks: Khmer and English

Why Lokal Recommends Cambodian Living Arts


Nonprofit started in 1998| Locally Owned with 80% local staff

A Unique Story

Cambodian Living Arts was started by Arn Chorn-Pond - a musician and a survivor from Cambodia's Khmer Rouge era. During the civil war he managed to escape to a refugee camp and eventually to the United States.

In the mid-1990’s, Arn returned to Cambodia on a mission to rebuild the legacy of his family’s involvement in Cambodian Opera and to find his music teacher from the time of the Khmer Rouge. On his trip, he “discovered” that other Master artists who had miraculously survived the war and the resulting genocide, were surviving in extremely difficult living conditions. The Cambodian Masters Performers Program, now Cambodian Living Arts, was born.

Community Connection

Cambodian Living Arts has many programs to support arts and provide well-paid opportunities for artists, including the Plae Pakaa show, Artists Development, Learning & Leadership (including scholarships and fellowship opportunities), Knowledge, Networks & Policy and Market Creation.


Cambodian Living Arts is recognized as one of the key organizations in recovery and sustaining Cambodia’s artistic heritage. They’ve been recognized by UNESCO for their support of Cambodia’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.