Epic Arts Cambodia was established in 2003 following a series of successful projects in China. Since those early days, Epic Cambodia has been committed to educating and empowering Cambodian people to see ability, not disability.
During the last 10 years we have seen Epic Arts grow from a few workshops in Phnom Penh, to the opening of Epic Arts Cafe' in Kampot in 2006, right through to the construction of our purpose built fully accessible Arts Centre in 2009. We have been lucky enough to see the results of this hard work as many of the graduates from our early projects now work for Epic Arts as staff and act as advocates for many young disabled people in Cambodia.
We are constantly trying to improve our reach and provide our services to a wider community to make Epic Arts accessible to all. In 2009 we identified the need for a specialist department that provided support and guidance for children with learning disabilities and their parents. In 2013, following on from a successful youth advocacy program, Epic Arts launched the Inclusive Arts Course that will last two years and is the first of its kind in Cambodia - including both disabled and non-disabled performers. These two programs are at the core of Epic Arts Cambodia's Education work.
We try and reflect the needs of the people in Kampot province and we have a number of outreach and research programs that ensure we aim to meet these needs. Support from other NGO's allows us to increase our reach and identify people from other areas in Cambodia who may be suited to projects at Epic Arts.
We also recognise the importance of sustainability, so we have established various social enterprise projects such as Epic Arts Cafe' and Epic Encounters dance company, the only fully Inclusive dance company in Cambodia who deliver workshops and perform in venues throughout South East Asia.
Epic Arts Cambodia has a bright future and aims to continue to spread the message that Every Person Counts throughout Cambodia in the years to come.