As the national arts organization for American children, we cultivate their creativity and grow mutual empathy among them and with their peers worldwide through the universal language of art.


Creativity and empathy are valuable antidotes to many of the struggles the world is facing today, including the COVID-19 pandemic. The symbiotic relationship between creativity and empathy can grow a virtuous cycle of sustainable prosperity, public health, and lasting peace.


Since leaders of the future come from those who think differently, we inspire students to boldly step beyond the boundaries set before them and challenge the norm. We bring the Arts Olympiad to classrooms for their creative development. Our ChildArt quarterly offers them new knowledge and global insights. The World Children’s Festival makes them realize that diversity and differences amplify the fractal of innovation and self-discovery


  • 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.
  • Professionals can learn the art of empathy at the 6th World Children’s Festival on July 30th- August 1st at the National Mall across from the U.S. Capitol.





October 22, 2020 - Blackbaud selects ICAF as the charity for its first virtual global bbcon—the tech conference for a better world


October 9, 2020 - ICAF partners with NIH/NIDA for ChildArt’s current issue on Brain Development and Child Health


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



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Incorporated in 1997 in the District of Columbia, ICAF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit. ICAF is ranked among the 25 Top Children’s Charities in the United States because our Olympiad is free-of-charge, World Children’s Festival is free and open to the public, and ChildArt magazine has no commercial advertisements.


We rely on “creative-empaths” like you to sustain our work for the children. Please consider adopting ICAF as your charity today and brighten the future.


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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