The development of creativity and empathy—critical human attributes—must start with schoolchildren, before the “4th-grade slump in creativity” gains a foothold or sectarian tensions muddy their “mirror neurons” responsible for empathy. The arts provide a powerful intervention because creativity and empathy are both rooted in the arts.


ICAF serves American children as their national arts organization, growing their imagination and providing them a global platform to develop meaningful relationships with peers worldwide through the universal language of art.


ICAF is planting the seeds of freedom by fostering creative critical thinking and imbuing empathy as humanity’s survival package. ICAF’s work advances these UN Social Development Goals (SGDs): reduce poverty, promote good health, bring quality education, ensure gender equality, reduce inequities, and build peace in communities and the world at large.


You can help democratize creativity and develop empathy universally for a prosperous and peaceful future for all… with your contribution today.




May 10, 2019 - ChildArt quarterly’s on “Growing Empathy” available now for $10. Review sample


March 2, 2019 - The STEAMS Journal features the World Children's Festival and 'The Art of Empathy'


February 05, 2019 – All-China Women's Federation, the official leader of women's movement in PRC, features the world festival in its magazine (see pages 56-57)


January 29, 2019 – Through the Arts Olympiad students in New York make interconnections between health, art, and sport for their holistic development


January 15, 2019 – Government shutdown pushes the 6th World Children's Festival to July 2020




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