The concept for Colors of Cambodia originated in 2001, when founder Bill Gentry visited Cambodia and found himself in awe of the highly skilled artists and rich artistic history of the country. He noticed most of the children in Siem Reap’s impoverished villages had no means or platform by which to create art, leaving a very important gap that needed to be filled. Currently there are still no mainstream art programs in Cambodian schools.
In 2003, Bill officially opened the doors to Colors of Cambodia, located right in the bustling heart of Pub Street. What began as a way of offering free art education and materials to the children of Siem Reap has since developed to encompass much more over time. The NGO employs full time Khmer teachers (once former students), who teach in the gallery, as well as in local Schools within and on the outskirts of Siem Reap. It also hosts internationally renowned artists who conduct in-house workshops and has full-scale art exhibitions.
Colors of Cambodia could not thrive or continue without the extensive amount of time and energy our staff and volunteers provide, as well as the support from those who donate artistic materials to our NGO.
The overall mission of Colors of Cambodia is to offer time, materials and a safe place for the children of Siem Reap to develop a sense of self belief by recognizing and developing their own artistic voice and unique style, while understanding art can be both expression and a profession. We truly believe art will save the world.