Covid-19 has taught us that humanity can no longer survive without creativity and empathy.


These attributes that make us human must be cultivated early at home and school. Creativity and empathy are both rooted in the arts and a symbiotic relationship between the two can grow a virtuous cycle of sustainability, prosperity, public health, and peace.


Children begin to draw before they can speak because art is their native language. Parents can foster their child’s creativity through the Arts Olympiad, the world’s largest school art program also meant for schoolteachers. Families can experience the art of empathy at the 2021 World Children’s Festival at The National Mall, across from the U.S. Capitol.


The Arts Olympiad is free-of-charge and the World Children’s Festival is free and open to the public. Children can create new hope for the future, but they need your empathy and support.





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




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ICAF serves American children as their national arts organization that fosters their creativity and develops mutual empathy between them and with their peers worldwide through the universal language of art. ICAF is an independent, apolitical 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1997. An unaffiliated parents’ organization has ranked ICAF among the 25 Top Children’s Charities in the United States.


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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