Kinnaly is a program of Pom Foundation, a non-profit organization who mission is to preserve, foster, transmit, and educate about Lao arts, culture, and traditions.
One Woman With A Passion For Heritage Preservation
Kinnaly Lao Traditional Music & Dance Troupe is a non-profit cultural arts program based in Seattle, Washington. Kinnaly was founded in 2002 by the passions and dedication of one amazing woman, Pom Khampradith and her first five students who later became co-founders. Over the years the group grew and today it is comprised of over 60 second-generation Lao American youth (the youngest is 4-years-old, and some have been dancing and performing for over 15 years) who come together to learn, preserve, promote, and share the art of Lao traditional music and dances.
Serving The Lao Community & Youth
Each year Pom Foundation's Kinnaly program serves over 100 youths and involves over 200 community members in our activities. The target population is second-generation Lao-American youths and their families. The Kinnaly program bridges the gap for American born youths to their Lao roots through the universal language of music, dance, and arts. This exercise has proven invaluable in their search for their Lao American cultural identity, and to develop their individuality and self-awareness.
- Kinnaly builds community leaders.
- Kinnaly provides a lifelong support system.
- Kinnaly creates a sense of family and belonging.
- Kinnaly instills values of humanitarianism and community service.
- Kinnaly teaches respect and discipline.
- Kinnaly provides new experiences, networks, and opportunities.
- Kinnaly fosters a sense of community.
- Kinnaly is ohana!
Sunday Class & Annual Summer Camp
Kinnaly music and dance students are immersed in the techniques and forms of dance and music every Sunday at Momentum Studios in Burien, Washington where we rent out studio space to hold our weekly classes. We also host an annual summer camp which includes in the curriculum the teaching of Lao customs, traditions, and values that make us essentially Lao. The summer camp is to education the youth about their cultural identity, foster an understanding and appreciation for their roots, build a strong attachment for the country and the people of Laos, as well as its unique heritage all through the arts. The culmination of Kinnaly Summer Camp ends with a showcase of cultural talent for the community at large.
Cultural Exchange Program
Every other year, Pom Foundation host a cultural exchange program where a select group of adolescent Kinnaly students participate in a 2-5 week long program, making their learning experience memorable. More than just furthering traditional music and dance skills, our students developed a deeper appreciation for the Lao heritage and meaningful attachment to Laos and it's people. These students would then return to the U.S. and share that knowledge by mentoring younger students and also sharing the arts with the American public through the performance of Lao traditional music and dance.
Community Service & Collaborations
Kinnaly has collaborated with numerous organizations locally and nationally to promote the culture. These opportunities have allowed our students to increase their skills of being comfortable and confident in public. Performance opportunities at different venues, and meeting different individuals helps to strengthen their communication and interpersonal skills. These opportunities provide the students the experience and key assets to be great future leaders.
Past Performances & Events:
- Seattle Center: API Heritage Month
- Seattle Center: Seattle Folklife Festival
- Kent International Festival
- Washing State Park Foundation: Southeast Asian Cultural Celebration
- Asian Pacific Cultural Center's New Year Festival
- Lao Artists Festival
- History Symposium on Laos
- Annual International Conference on Lao Studies
- Annual International Lao New Year Festival