The 5th Arts Olympiad (2013-2016)

5th Arts Olympiad

Our flagship program, the Arts Olympiad, has grown since 1997 into the world's largest and most prestigious art and sport program. The United States Olympic Committee has granted the ICAF an exclusive license to use "Arts Olympiad" and related marks. The program is free of charge for schools and school systems. The Arts Olympiad Lesson Plan inform teachers to introduce their students to the "Artist-Athlete Ideal" of the creative mind and healthy body (mens sana in corpore sano).

This paradigm liberates the natural tendency toward creativity and good health by linking imagination with embodiment. The lesson plan awakens the "inner artist" and "inner athlete" in students, so that the athletically-inclined feel more free to express themselves creatively and the artistically-inclined can feel more comfortable exploring physical activities. By bringing children to these domains in terms of enjoyment, not duty or requirement, the traps of creativity slumps and obesity risks can be avoided. The self-image as "artist-athlete" solidifies when a child renders it into a personal work of art-be it a painting, drawing, or digital work-such as is encouraged by the theme of the Arts Olympiad art contest, My Favorite Sport.

Schedule:

November 25, 2014Deadline to implement the Arts Olympiad Lesson Plan in classrooms
Nov 25-Dec 30, 2014 Local art exhibitions in schools and communities to select the winners
December 31, 2014Deadline to mail the school entries to the ICAF
January 31, 2015Winners invited to the 5th World Children's Festival in Washington, D.C.
July 2-4, 20155th World Children's Festival on The National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Jan.-Nov., 2016 "Children of the World's Favorite Sports" Traveling Exhibition

Teachers are requested to involve some students and community leaders in the selection of the school winners in the two categories: painting/drawing and digital art/collage.

Impact:

The Arts Olympiad is one of the most researched and written about art programs. Read articles publishes in refereed journals and in U.S. and international newspapers .

See the art online at the ICAF Gallery

Download a complimentary copy (8Mb) of ChildArt magazine

Education Partners:

Americans for the Arts Association for Childhood Education International Global Alliance UNESCO National Art Education Foundation Association World Summit Youth Award

Media Partners:

Visual ARTBEAT