Season of Cambodia

   
 
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Season of Cambodia

Season of Cambodia was an initiative of Cambodian Living Arts in 2013 to bring a full array of arts and culture presentations to a New York City wide festival of Cambodian arts. 126 Cambodian artists were represented in 32 cultural and academic venues across three of the five NYC boroughs, including three major cultural institutional pillars — Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Metropolitan Museum and Lincoln Center — and were seen by more than 17,000 people in sold out performances. Fresh Sound trustee John Burt was co-chair with Anne Bass, philanthropist, and Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. A multi-media, multi-venue, multi-month festival production, Season of Cambodia had the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Ford Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Rockefeller Foundation together with many family foundations and individual donors. It succeeded in showcasing to an international audience the creativity and diversity of arts and culture in Cambodia today.

Fresh Sound Foundation provided the seed money from concept to launch. Major funders such as the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation then made early commitments to support. As a small foundation, Fresh Sound saw a gap in programming and provided funding for the artists returning to Cambodia to tour their own country and celebrate their experience, much as Olympic athletes do on their return to their homelands.

 

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