Inspiration: Helen Sworn & Chab Dai (VIDEO)

Students and faculty of the Naropa Community Art Studio-International are so excited for the opportunity to attend “Restoring the Lives of Survivors,” a Symposium sponsored by Transitions.  At an all-day event tomorrow in Greenwood Village, CO, we will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of human trafficking, aftercare, and restoration, covering such issues as shelters, safe homes, aftercare programs, and other responses to serving victims of the sex trafficking industry.

The video below features Helen Sworn, Director of Chab Dai and a speaker at the Transitions’ Symposium tomorrow.  It highlights the organization’s collaborative way of working, inspiring our own mission, rooted in collaboration and a belief in the innate wisdom, creativity, and interdependence of all.  Check it out!

“Ethos of Collaboration,” by Chab Dai

Become Part of The Restoration Movement!

It’s not too late to sign up for “Restoring The Lives of Survivors Symposium” presented by Transitions!  And it’s easy…simply follow this link!

A few weeks ago we posted about the event, which you can read about HERE.  The symposium will feature a number of speakers and experts in the field of human trafficking, aftercare, and restoration, covering such issues as shelters, safe homes, aftercare programs, and other responses to serving victims of the sex trafficking industry.

General Information:
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Greenwood Community Church
5600 E. Belleview Avenue
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

***The Naropa Community Art Studio-International will be represented by some of its 2nd year Art Therapy students along with Sue Wallingford.  We hope to see you there!  

All information gathered from TransitionsGlobal.org… P.S. Did you now Transitions has a really informative blog?  Check it here!

Photo Credit:  The Naropa Community Art Studio-International, Cambodia, 2012

JAMBODIA RAISES $500 FOR CAMBODIAN LIVING ARTS

JAMBODIA was a big success and lots of fun for those who attended.  The four bands, Matty Mac, Rhyme Progression, Shoot to Please and Drop Switch played from 9:00pm – 12:30am entertaining the crowd with a variety of music while Russell Hunchar painted a heart felt response to the music and the cause.  NCAS-I was there providing an opportunity for concert goers to make prayer flags that will also be gifted to Cambodian Living Arts.  Thank you to Cervantes – Other Side for providing a great venue, all the bands, Russell for his art, Tyler Vitello of 303 magazine for the photos, and everyone who attended the concert to support this great cause.  Mostly though, thank you Arn Chorn Pond and the folks at CLA for bringing the arts back to your people!  We will see you in May!

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DROP SWITCH

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NCAS-I making prayer flags

photos curtesy of tyler vitello of 303 magazine

for more photos go to 303 magazine webpage

TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT!!! DON’T MISS JAMBODIA

Blog by Emma Wallingford

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JAMBODIA: A Benefit show for Cambodian Living Arts is TONIGHT!!! Come down, support the cause. We’ll have live art, necklaces for sale, prayer flags for you to personalize and send to Cambodian Living Arts, and of course, GOOD MUSIC ALL NIGHT! Drop Switch, Shoot to Please, Rhyme Progression, Matty Mac. All proceeds from the concert  will go to CLA and the sale of the necklaces to NCAS-I! Become educated on this cause, watch the video for more information. The people of Cambodia humbled me and changed me, never have I met more genuine and kind people in my life, they truly deserve all the respect and happiness in the world. They need to revive their culture, and bring back music, arts and dance into their country! That’s what Cambodian Living Arts strives to do 🙂http://buff.ly/NANUcF http://buff.ly/NAO0Rn

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PROJECT 10,000 PRAYER FLAGS FOR CAMBODIA

 

NCAS-I Making Necklaces for JAMBODIA!

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The NCAS-I team has been busy getting ready for Jambodia, benefit concert featuring Drop Switch, Shoot to Please, Rhyme Progression and Matty Mac to happen this Wednesday, September 19th, in Denver to raise awareness and money for the Cambodian Living Arts.  We made necklaces that will be for sale.  Proceeds from the ticket sales will go toward CLA and proceeds from the sell of the necklaces will go toward NCAS-I next trip to Cambodia in May.  We will also be making prayer flags to take with us to gift to CLA.  We hope to have 10,000 by May.  

So please join us this Wednesday for an evening of awesome music, the making of prayer flags, and all for a great cause!

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH
Cervantes Other Side – Denver, CO
Doors @ 8pm, Show @ 9pm – $7/$10 DOS
JAMBODIA: A Benefit for Cambodian Living Arts

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Cambodian Living Arts Class – Traditional Music

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by Sam-Ang Sam
Khmer music is an important aspect of Cambodian life and culture. It is a significant component in religious and traditional ceremonies such as weddings or temple celebrations. Khmer civilization reached its peak during the Angkor period, from the ninth to fifteenth centuries when great monuments were built, with elaborate carvings depicting myths, gods and aspects of daily life. The carvings musical ensembles on bas-reliefs are nearly identical to the ensembles performing in Cambodia today, where virtually every village in Cambodia possesses a music ensemble. This continuity is testimonial to the strength of this ancient tradition.

Have you bought your ticket for JAMBODIA on 9/19 yet? First time DROP SWITCH will be headlining a show in Denver and the proceeds go toward the CAMBODIAN LIVING ARTS.

NCAS-I will be there! Come Dance with us.

Let us know and we will get a pre sale ticket to you ASAP! $7

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH
Cervantes Other Side – Denver, CO
Doors @ 8pm, Show @ 9pm – $7/$10 DOS
JAMBODIA: A Benefit for Cambodian Living Arts

CAMBODIAN LIVING ARTS …… BRINGING MUSIC BACK !!!

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Have you bought your ticket for JAMBODIA on 9/19 yet? First time DROP SWITCH will be headlining a show in Denver and the proceeds go toward the CAMBODIAN LIVING ARTS.

NCAS-I will be there! Come Dance with us.

Let us know and we will get a pre sale ticket to you ASAP! $7

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH
Cervantes Other Side – Denver, CO
Doors @ 8pm, Show @ 9pm – $7/$10 DOS
JAMBODIA: A Benefit for Cambodian Living Arts

Sharing the Story of the Cambodian Living Arts

Transforming Cambodia Through Arts

 

 

BEFORE CAMBODIAN LIVING ARTS’ CREATION

http://www.marioninstitute.org/cambodian-living-art

Fifty years ago, Cambodia was home to some of the most diverse abundant arts and culture in Southeast Asia. Music, dance and performance flowed strongly through Cambodian people’s blood. There were singers on every corner, musicians in every village and a dancer in every child. Art flourished. But in 1975, the Khmer Rouge destroyed nearly everything and everyone. Between 1975 and 1979, 2 million Cambodians died from execution, starvation and over work. Among the dead were 90% percent of Cambodia’s artists, who were specifically targeted for execution, a devastating blow to all of Cambodia’s oral traditions. After the fall of the Khmer Rouge, this human and cultural tragedy was compounded by two subsequent decades of economic hardship. Few of the surviving master artists could make a living by performing or teaching.

Arn Chorn-Pond, a child during the genocide, survived by playing the flute for his captors. He escaped to a Thai refugee camp in 1979 and was one of eight boys adopted by Reverend Peter Pond and brought to live in the United States. Arn, like many other Cambodian American refugees struggled with the past. One day in a large cathedral full of people Arn told is story. He cried. They cried. He played the flute for them. And for the first time since being a child soldier, he began to heal. Arn’s story led him around the United States and the world for over a decade. Church after church, school after school, he opened up to anyone who listened. After time, he knew what wanted, what he needed to do.

 

IN THE NINETIES…

Arn had discovered a network of aging “living treasures” surviving in poverty in cities and villages across Cambodia. What had begun as a personal quest for his own family, who had owed an opera company, and for his flute teacher, who had risked death by secretly teaching Arn traditional Cambodian songs during the Khmer Rouge, turned into a lifelong mission to generate artistic and cultural renewal in his country.

In 1998, backed by a small group of dedicated people in the United States, Arn set up the Cambodian Masters Performers Program, which has since evolved into Cambodian Living Arts. Initially, the program supported four master artists whom Arn had ‘discovered’ to acquire instruments, rent teaching spaces, and earn a small salary. Starting small, we celebrated accomplishments such as hiring a fifth teacher, flautist Yim Saing, 77, who resumed making flutes after 10 years. Every success slowing piecing together cultural fabric of Cambodia’s performing arts.

Cambodian Living Arts has had numerous important partners along the way, including our fiscal sponsor from 1999 – 2009, World Education, which was critical to support and nurturer. During this time the Cambodian Masters Performing Program grew from a vision shared by a few people into the thriving robust organization that Cambodian Living Arts is today. We expanded from a small group of students and four master artists to over 16 master artists and 11 assistant teachers who have touched the lives of over 1,000 students. Our efforts to bring the arts and culture of Cambodia back from the brink of extinction are paying off, not only because of our own efforts, but because we have been joined by many other groups and the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts to preserve the culture and artistic heritage of Cambodia. In 2010 Cambodian Living Arts was awarded a Global Vision Award for Cultural Restoration from Travel + Leisure magazine.

CAMBODIAN LIVING ARTS TODAY

Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) joined forces with the Marion Institute in 2009. After the past decade of work, CLA is operating in a Cambodia very different from that of the 1990s, and with a renewed vision as ambitious as Arn’s was when he first set out to discover the surviving Master Artists from his childhood. Today, we still support all of the master artists who have worked with us over the years. They are not only teaching the next generation, but are now guiding their students to become the next generation of teachers through our Community Arts Outreach program. More importantly we are working to address the most pressing needs of the arts community in Cambodia today, by building partnerships, sharing expertise and resources, increasing the capacity of artists and advocating for the artists with cultural policy makers and major institutions. We envision a dynamic cultural sector with the arts becoming the national and international signature of Cambodia. Learn more about all the work we are doing today.

JOIN NCAS-I AND DROP SWITCH ON SEPTEMBER 19TH AT 8:00PM 

CERVANTES – OTHER SIDE IN DENVER  FOR 

“JAMBODIA”  A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR CAMBODIAN LIVING ARTS

NCAS-I SUPPORTS CAMBODIAN LIVING ARTS!

Blog written by Sue Wallingford

While in Cambodia we were fortunate to spend some time with Arn Chorn Pond, at his lovely community home right outside of Phnom Penh.  Arn shared his music and some stories of being a survivor during the Khmer Rouge, and we even got to see a live filming for MYTV (Cambodian’s version of MTV!) while we were there.  Arn is founder of the Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) and his mission is to bring back the traditional arts to Cambodia that was mostly extinguished during the rule of the Khmer Rouge, when most of Cambodian’s artists and professionals were exterminated.  To restore the rich culture of his people is one way he has found to heal the pain he and his people experienced during these horrendous years.  He lives his life to restore what was so brutally taken away.  He inspired us all.

In the next few weeks we will be sharing some more stories about Arn and the work of Cambodian Living Arts, including some videos of our time with him, and at the CLA center listening to the sounds of traditional Cambodia.  On September 19, at Cervantes Other Side in Denver, NCAS-I will be joining DROP SWITCH, for “JAMBODIA,”  a benefit concert to raise money and awareness toward Arn’s mission.  Lead female vocalist Emma Wallingford (who is also my daughter  😉 was with us in Cambodia, and was so inspired by Arn’s stories and his passion to revive the traditional music she wanted to do something about it.

Emma writes:

“30 years ago, the country of Cambodia was victim to a terrible genocide called the Khmer Rouge. When Pol Pot came to rule, he wanted to wipe out all of Cambodia’s culture and start from “Year Zero”, and establish a communist country. He did this by killing off 2 million Cambodians; all musicians, dancers, artists, educators, or people of higher class. Arn Chorn Pond, who survived through the Khmer Rouge through his talent for playing flute (he played propaganda music that played over loud speakers to muffle the noise of them killing off his people), is founder of Cambodian Living Arts. It gives kids of Cambodia the chance to rebirth culture of music, arts and dance into their country. Even 30 years later, the whole country is still suffering from the loss of their culture. A career in arts there is very much thriving and rebirthing Cambodian’s culture. Through the good vibes and night of music, we can support Cambodian Living Arts and raise awareness about this issue to help the amazing souls that populate this desolate country. Donation boxes, flyers about the school, and pictures and videos will be provided at the show!

Art Therapy comes in all kinds of packages…..  this is just another one!

Please join us for this concert on September 19th to spread the LOVE and the HOPE for the restoration of the Cambodian Arts.

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WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH
Cervantes Other Side – Denver, CO
Doors @ 8pm, Show @ 9pm – $7/$10 DOS
JAMBODIA: A Benefit for Cambodian Living Arts
Featuring…

DROP SWITCH
Shoot to Please
Rhyme Progression
Matty Mac