Impact “Children’s World Mural” is a collaborative creation of child artists from 50 nations around the world at the World Children’s Festival 1999. The original is 16x24 feet.

From its onset the ICAF has been a pioneer in the field of creative education and educational festivals for children. The ICAF has the distinction of producing the very first national children’s art festival in the history of the United States, which took place in Washington, D.C. in September 1998. Since 1999, the ICAF has produced the World Children’s Festival on The National Mall every four years as the “Olympics” of children’s imagination and co-creation. A relatively small charity organization, yet the ICAF is the world leader in children’s art. Though occasionally cash-strapped but always supported by devoted volunteers, the ICAF’s achievements and impact are nothing short of miraculous.

Impact in Numbers

  • 5,000,000 Total number of children who produced art under the Arts Olympiads since 1997
  • 2,500,000 Total number of people who attended ICAF exhibitions or events since 1998
  • 250,000 Total number of participants and attendees expected at the WCF2015

Sample of Achievements

1998    -Produced the first-ever national children’s art festival in U.S. history, held in Washington, DC
            -Launched the ChildArt quarterly magazine for children’s creative and empathic development
            -Discussions with first lady of Lithuania Alma Adamkienė at the ICAF office
1999    -Produced the 1st WCF on The National Mall opened by first ladies of Costa Rica, Liberia, and Peru
            -Visions of the New Millennium exhibition at the United Nations, New York City
            -Discussions with first lady of Kazakhstan Sara Nazarbayeva at the ICAF office
            -Discussions with first lady of Chile at the Palacio de La Moneda in Santiago, Chile
            -The White House New Millennium Celebration art activities and exhibition
2000    -Discussions with Queen Rania of Jordan at the ICAF office
            -Organized the First Ladies Forum at the UN Millennium Development Summit in New York City
            -Launched the Washington Forum for Children
2001    -Mrs. Nane Annan and Dr. Jane Goodall write for ChildArt magazine
            -Chaired a session at the World Summit on Media for Children in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
            -Awarded Fellowship at the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA), London, England
2002   -Organized Peace through Art Program for Cyprus with Cyprus Fulbright Commission’s support
            -Hosted Peace through Art exhibitions at the Rayburn House Office Building and the World Bank
            -U.S. First Lady Betty Ford writes for ChildArt magazine
            -Partnered with the Washington Coalition to bid for the 2012 Olympic Games in our nation’s capital
2003   -Hosted first-ever children’s art exhibition at the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings in Dubai, UAE
            -Organized Innovation in Education symposium in Doha, Qatar with the Qatar Foundation
            -Arranged exhibition at Harvard Graduate School of Education
            -Produced the 2nd WCF on The National Mall, opened by U.S. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter
2004    -Partnered with New York City in its bid to host the 2012 Olympics
            -Received Exemplary Humanitarian Service Award at the World Culture Open in Seoul, Korea
            -Partnered with Haus der Kunst in Munich to organize Utopia Exhibition
2005    -Presented at Childhoods Today at The Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park, England
            -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, Italy
            -Arranged Children of Katrina exhibition at Museu da Cidade in Lisbon, Portugal
            -Organized the European Children’s Festival at the Olympia Park in Munich, Germany
            -Organized Cultural Figurines exhibition at Galleria Kophof in Munich, Germany
2007    -Received exclusive license from the U.S. Olympic Committee to use “Arts Olympiad” mark
            -Produced the 3rd WCF on The National Mall, opened by Congresswoman Bordallo
            -Arranged Children’s Visions of the Future exhibition at Yeungjin College in South Korea
2008    -Presented at the Aspen Institute’s Cultural Diplomacy Forum in Paris, France
            -Organized international children’s panel at the World Cultural Economic Forum in New Orleans             -Arranged Children of Katrina exhibition at Central Military Club in Sofia, Bulgaria
2009    -Presentation at UNESCO’s International Youth Conference in Banten, Indonesia
            -Hosted exhibition at the Education Without Borders conference in Dubai, UAE
            -Presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference
2010    -Hosted international children’s panel at the Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
            -Launched Healing Arts Program to help children in Haiti and Chile cope with earthquake traumas
2011    -Produced 4th WCF on The National Mall, opened by heads of U.S. Coast Guard and Forest Service
            -Curated Arts Olympiad exhibitions at public libraries in Washington, DC
2012    -Hosted Arts Olympiad exhibition at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan
            -Joined the Endangered Species Coalition and U.S. Fish and Wildlife for the Youth Art Contest
            -Organized Denim Art Project at Madewell stores (a subsidiary of J. Crew) across the United States
2013    -Curated Children’s Tribute to Nelson Mandela exhibition at THEARC in Washington, D.C.
            -Published under ICAF Print ebook titled The Creativity Revolution
            -Launched the 5th Arts Olympiad in the U.S. and nearly 100 countries
2014    -Arranged ad agencies’ design competition to produce the WCF logo at Cannes Lions, France
            -Secured 12th to 14th Streets of The National Mall for July 2nd to 4th for the WCF2015


World Children's Festival (2011)               PSA (2005)                         ChildArt


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