This project’s main objective is to create an association that could provide training and assistance to young Khmer artists so that they can make a living from their creations. It provides capacity-building workshops with the aim to professionalize those artists and raise awareness about their right in an effort to promote economic and social development. The association supports the creation of an artist network. By encouraging artists to come together, this project facilitates public recognition, dialogue with stakeholders and support from relevant bodies in the Cambodian government. The association provides recommendation for the creation of cultural policies geared towards development, and it involves young artists in the process.
- Capacity-building is a central activity of this project. Artists receive training pertaining to practical issues in management, marketing and administration required for the operation of a cultural association. Students benefit from individual follow up. The project proposes to put in place strategic partnerships with the tourism sector in Cambodia, enabling integration of young cultural professionals into the labor market as a means to generate income.
- Furthermore, the association promotes interaction with and between cultural professionals, civil society, local institutions and government authorities. This project also entails raising awareness among young artists about their rights and providing legal advice when necessary in an effort to banish child labor, exploitation and slavery.