Since its founding in 1997, the ICAF has been changing the world, one child at a time. Its impact is felt in Washington, DC where its World Children’s Festival (WCF) is held, in every U.S. state and territory where its Arts Olympiad is organized, and throughout the world where children can participate in the Arts Olympiad and represent their cities and communities at the WCF.

By fostering children’s creativity and developing their empathy, the ICAF fulfills six of the 27 Social Development Goals (SGDs) of 2030UN. The ICAF’s work reduces poverty, promotes good health, brings quality education, ensures gender equality, reduces inequities, and build peace in communities and the world at large.

Measurable Impact

In terms of numbers, approximately five million children have befitted from the ICAF, producing original works under the Arts Olympiad and other ICAF programs. An estimated 2,500,000 individuals have participated in or attended ICAFs festivals and exhibitions that have taken place in over a dozen major cities worldwide. This number includes the audiences who have attended ICAF’s special events such as conferences and symposia. Nearly one million children, parents, teachers and librarians comprise the total readership since 1998 of ICAF’s ChildArt magazine, published on a quarterly basis. On a daily basis, a few thousand children worldwide learn about the ICAF from their peers or online, gaining confidence in themselves as creators (not merely pupils or consumers, recognizing that their imagination is seedbed for discovery and innovation, and telling themselves that their art is the most honest and purest form of human creative expression.

Immeasurable Impact

The work of the ICAF changes the environment and its impact on children. Children are emboldened, their self-esteem enhanced, and they aspire to be creative and make positive contributions to society and the world as a whole. Some of these influences become epigenetic or eternal, shaping the new generation and the next one that follows. Evidence on specific influences is provided below:

Most of the beneficiaries are aged 8 to 12, who are empowered to overcome the "4th-grade slump" in creativity. Roughly 660 million children worldwide belong to this age group, hence the ICAF must exponentially expand its outreach to engage and benefit many more children. For this, your support is essential.

Thought Leadership

A Sample of Achievements:

  • 1998 - Produced the first-ever national children's art festival in U.S. history, held onat The National Mall
  • 1999 - First ladies of Costa Rica, Liberia, and Ecuador open the very first World Children Festival (WCF)
  • - at The National Mall
    - Visions of the New Millennium exhibition at the UN Headquarters in New York City
    - The White House New Millennium Celebration art exhibition and activities
  • 2000 - Hosted "The First Ladies Forum" at the UN Millennium Development Summit in New York City
  • 2001 - The Drucker Foundation and Frances Hesselbein honor the ICAF for its innovative leadership
  • 2002 - Peace through Art Program organized with support of the Cyprus Fulbright Commission
  • 2003 - At the WCF 2003, the Mayor of Washington, DC proclaims 9/11/2003 as "Children's Peace Day"
  • - Hosted the first-ever children's art exhibition at the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings held in Dubai
    - Organized the Qatar Foundation's first-ever educational symposium in Doha
  • 2004 - The Arts Olympiad included in New York's Candidature File for The Games of the XXX Olympiad
  • - Received Exemplary Humanitarian Service Award at the World Culture Open in Seoul
  • 2005 - Partnered with the World Bank on Destruction, Reconstruction and Prevention program
  • 2006 - Hosted Arts Olympiad Exhibition at Palace of Stupinigi during the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics
  • - Arranged Children of Katrina exhibition at Museu da Cidade in Lisbon
    - Organized the European Children's Festival at the Olympia Park in Munich
  • 2007 - Instituted "World Children's Award" at the WCF 2007, with LEGO as first recipient
  • 2008 - Presented at the Aspen Institute's Cultural Diplomacy Forum in Paris
  • 2009 - Hosted Children of Katrina exhibition at the Education Without Borders conference in Dubai
  • 2010 - Hosted international children's panel at the Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh
  • - Launched Healing Arts Program to help children in Haiti and Chile cope with traumas
  • 2011 - Honored the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as recipient of the "World Children's Award" at WCF 2011
  • 2012 - Hosted Arts Olympiad exhibition at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa
  • 2013 - Curated Children's Tribute to Nelson Mandela exhibition at THEARC in Washington, D.C.
  • 2014 - Organized a competition for young creatives to design the WCF 2015 logo at Cannes Lions
  • 2015 - Produced the 5th World Children Festival (WCF) on June 30th to July 2nd
  • - at The Ellipse next to The White House
    - Honored The Swatch Group and the Akira Foundation with the "World Children's Award"


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