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Lynn Museum receives grant to support a new Khmer Identity exhibition

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From left, Kenneth Turino, Historic New England's manager of community partnerships and resource development, presents Donecca Thurston, the director of Lynn Museum/Lynn Arts, and Cindy Sous and Davey Chhoeun, of Khmer Identity, with a joint Community Preservation Act grant which will help fund an exhibition by Khmer Identity in 2022. (Jakob Menendez)

LYNN ― The Lynn Museum/Lynn Arts received a $1,250 grant from Historic New England to support a new exhibition in partnership with Khmer Identity. 

The grant supports supplies and printing, marketing, and programming expenses for a collaborative exhibition between the museum and Khmer Identity, a platform honoring Khmer legacies and contemporary Khmer voices. 

“The organization offers changing exhibitions and innovative programs to engage and enrich

Lynn’s diverse population and has been eager to reconnect with the Khmer community,” Historic New England said. “Lynn has the third largest population of Cambodians in the U.S.”

Each year, Historic New England awards one Herbert and Louise Whitney Fund community

preservation grant to a small- to medium-size, heritage-preservation organization in each of the five states in New England.

As a commitment to telling the whole story of the region’s history, these grants support projects that save and expand the stories shared in the communities. 

Designer and illustrator for Khmer Identity Cindy Sous said the grant for this project will contribute to the installation of a photography series that will be exhibited within the museum. 

“Khmer Identity’s focus is to highlight the various identities that exist within our community,” Sous said. 

The founder, writer and visionary behind Khmer Identity, Daveth Cheth, thanked Historic New England for this grant, as well as Director of the Lynn Museum Doneeca Thurston for working with Khmer Identity to obtain the grant. 

“We are opening in April and we would love for you to come witness our work and support Lynn Museum,” Cheth said. 


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