International Child Art Foundation

International Child Art Foundation

ICAF serves American children as their national arts organization that cultivates their creativity and grows mutual empathy among them and their peers worldwide through the universal language of art for a more prosperous and peaceful future. We organize the world’s largest school art program (the Arts Olympiad) to empower students

International Child Art Foundation

ICAF serves American children as their national arts organization that cultivates their creativity and grows mutual empathy among them and their peers worldwide through the universal language of art for a more prosperous and peaceful future. We organize the world’s largest school art program (the Arts Olympiad) to empower students to overcome the well-documented "4th-grade slump" in childhood creativity. Every four years, we produce the World Children's Festival (the "Olympics" of children's imagination) at the National Mall across the U.S. Capitol. Every quarter, we publish the ad-free ChildArtmagazine for cross-cultural understanding and global competencies. ICAF was founded to unite children and give them voice. Children freely express themselves through their art, and especially those disadvanted or facing language impediments or difficulty in articulation. Though children's art is arguably the most honest and pure form of human creative expression, it is generally ignored. Even contemporary art museums do not exhibit children's masterpieces. The impact of our work is felt in our nation's capital, where ICAF is headquartered, and where every four years we produce the World Children's Festival at The National Mall across the U.S. Capital as the "Olympics" of children's imagination. As the national art organization for American children, we work across the U.S., conducting programs, hosting art exhibitions, and arranging children's panels at conferences. By fostering children's creativity and developing empathy, ICAF fulfills six key Social Development Goals (SGDs) of UN2030. Our work reduces poverty, promotes good health, brings quality education, ensures gender equality, reduces inequities, and builds peace in communities and the world at large.

About the Organization:

ICAF serves American children as their national arts organization that cultivates their creativity and grows mutual empathy among them and their peers worldwide through the universal language of art for a more prosperous and peaceful future. We organize the world’s largest school art program (the Arts Olympiad) to empower students to overcome the well-documented "4th-grade slump" in childhood creativity. Every four years, we produce the World Children's Festival (the "Olympics" of children's imagination) at the National Mall across the U.S. Capitol. Every quarter, we publish the ad-free ChildArtmagazine for cross-cultural understanding and global competencies. ICAF was founded to unite children and give them voice. Children freely express themselves through their art, and especially those disadvanted or facing language impediments or difficulty in articulation. Though children's art is arguably the most honest and pure form of human creative expression, it is generally ignored. Even contemporary art museums do not exhibit children's masterpieces. The impact of our work is felt in our nation's capital, where ICAF is headquartered, and where every four years we produce the World Children's Festival at The National Mall across the U.S. Capital as the "Olympics" of children's imagination. As the national art organization for American children, we work across the U.S., conducting programs, hosting art exhibitions, and arranging children's panels at conferences. By fostering children's creativity and developing empathy, ICAF fulfills six key Social Development Goals (SGDs) of UN2030. Our work reduces poverty, promotes good health, brings quality education, ensures gender equality, reduces inequities, and builds peace in communities and the world at large.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

21-25 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

California

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

21-25 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

California

The Issue:

Creativity is the most important skill for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and mutual empathy is essential for "a more perfect union." But America today faces diminishing creativity and lack of empathy, which make capitalism suspect and democracy unworkable. When schools do not foster students' creativity, this skillset that levels the playing field is no longer available to the poor or the minorities who cannot afford creative outlets. When teachers and parents do not instill empathy in children, a culture of selfishness and narcisstic personality disorder becomes pervasive.

The Solution:

ICAF serves American children as their national arts organization that cultivates their creativity and grows mutual empathy among them and their peers worldwide through the universal language of art for a more prosperous and peaceful future.
We organize the world’s largest school art program (the Arts Olympiad) to empower students to overcome the well-documented "4th-grade slump" in childhood creativity. Every four years, we produce the World Children's Festival (the "Olympics" of children's imagination) at the National Mall across the U.S. Capitol. Every quarter, we publish the ad-free ChildArt magazine for cross-cultural understanding and global competencies.
We have pioneered STEAMS education to integrate the Arts (creative activities) and Sports (physical activities) with STEM disciplines for children's holistic development. The United States Olympic Committee has granted ICAF an exclusive license to use the "Arts Olympiad" mark. a) 7th Arts Olympiad: A school art program to be launched in January 2023 and implemented throughout the year. ICAF employs art as a dynamic activity to get to one of the causes of declining creativity and lack of empathy: How children view themselves. The Arts Olympiad introduces students to the "Artist-Athlete Ideal" of the creative mind in a healthy body (mente sana in corpo sano). This new identity can awaken the dormant "inner artist" or the slumbering "inner athlete." Students come to realize that mind and body reflect each other because one's state of mind can have an epigenetic effect. When students depict themselves as "artist-athletes" in their drawings or paintings, it solidifies their revised self-image. They come to understand themselves and each other through their art. When students become artist-athletes, the school transforms into a more peaceful, forward-looking, integrated community. b) 7th World Children Festival: The three-day celebration of Creativity, Diversity, and Unity at The National Mall in June/July 2024. The festival provide students a transformative experience to remediate Adverse Childhood Experiences and dwindle the transgenerational transmission of trauma and hatred by infusing children’s creativity with empathy so they become “Creative-Empaths” working together to transform our wounded world into a wondrous one.

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