COVID-19 has shown that humanity falters without creativity and empathy. The symbiotic relationship between creativity and empathy can grow a virtuous cycle of sustainable prosperity, public health, and peace.


Human understanding of creativity and empathy is rooted in the arts. Though we need science to survive, art can make us thrive with expressions that become mirrors and windows for the human soul.


ICAF serves American children as their national arts organization that employs the power of art to foster their creativity and develop empathy among them and with their peers worldwide.

  • Parents can foster their children’s creativity by using our free-of-charge lesson plan.
  • Schoolteachers can leverage the Arts Olympiad to develop a creative school community.
  • You can experience the art of empathy at the 2021 World Children’s Festival at the National Mall.


Join us to grow “creative-empaths” who can work together to create new hope for the future.





July 8, 2020 – ChildArt magazine “Art for Health” issue available for free download to help families cope with Covid-19


May 25, 2020 – Postponed: 6th World Children Festival to July 30th - August 1st of 2021


February 28, 2020 – Parent’s responsibility for children’s creative development


November 13, 2019 - Penguin Random House to donate 10,000 copies of His Holiness Dalai Lama’s first children’s book, The Seed of Compassion


September 6, 2019 – The World Children’s Festival gets the National Mall for July 31st to August 2nd


July 19, 2019 - Dr. Sidney-Ando and Professor Albini join the ICAF Board




Our Theory of Positive Social Change

Incorporated in 1997 in the District of Columbia, ICAF is an independent and non-political 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our Arts Olympiad is free-of-charge, the World Children’s Festival is free and open to the public, and our ChildArt magazine is free of commercial advertisements. We rely on support by professionals like you who are “creative-empaths.” An unaffiliated parents’ organization includes ICAF in the 25 Top Children’s Charities in the United States. You can empower the children and brighten the future with your support.


You may also donate via JustGiving.org, NetworkForGood, or a check to be mailed to ICAF, Post Office Box 58133, Washington DC 20037.


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