Long Beach Khmer Arts Academy
Sophiline Cheam Shapiro (right) teaching dancer Pum Molyta. Photo by James Wasserman
Choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro of Long Beach and ceramicist Kukuli Velarde of Philadelphia were named the first two USA Knight Fellows Tuesday night.
The Khmer Arts Academy, International City Theatre (ICT) and the Long Beach Opera will each be awarded grants in the amount of $50,000 from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). The organizations will use the funding to preserve jobs that have been threatened by a decline in philanthropic donations during the current economic downturn.