Dulcie Sinn (pictured on the far right) and Samnang Heng were our guest speakers at our Friday morning meeting.

Dulcie met Samnang in Cambodia two and a half years ago and talked to the club about Cambodian Living Arts.

Cambodian Living Arts

The Arts was founded in 1998 by genocide survivor and musician Arn CHORN-POND. For a decade, we focused on endangered performing art forms and rituals. As 90% of Cambodia’s artists did not survive the Khmer Rouge regime, Cambodia’s artistic heritage was in danger of being lost forever.
Over the last 20 years, both Cambodia and the arts scene have developed rapidly and we have evolved our work to match. We have focused on helping talented people to build and develop careers in the arts, though scholarships, fellowships, and support to troupes and individuals.

Looking forwards, we aim to promote creativity and innovation in the arts sector, and to build links with our neighbors in the Greater Mekong region and further afield in Asia. We are also working to get more arts and culture education into Cambodian public schools, and to increase performance opportunities for Cambodian artists.

Cambodian Living Arts’ mission is to be a catalyst in a vibrant arts sector, inspiring new generations.

Dulcie enjoyed visiting the Spice Factory where they have crafts and fine arts. She talked about Peace Works who promotes peace through business. Peace Building is a way to learn how to work together, from different cultural backgrounds. She is very inspired by her new friend, Samnang and her accomplishments.

Samnang, a young talented professional from Cambodia is visiting California. Her areas of focus are in conflict and peace building. She would like to see people not argue and build peace in communication with one another. A peaceful culture makes more sense. She mentioned how this can be done through fellowship with one another. In 2016, she completed a bachelor degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Eco Tourism. She wants to pursue a master’s degree in Conflict and Peace.

For more information, visit https://www.cambodianlivingarts.org
and www.peaceworks.com

The Rotary Club of Vandenberg Village thanked Dulcie and Samnang for a very informative talk.

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