While many problems beset our nation and the world, the underlying root cause in most cases is a sheer lack of creativity or empathy. Creativity sparks ideation, discovery and invention, whereas empathy develops mutuality, compromise and collaborative innovation.

Creative and empathetic development must start early—before the well-documented “fourth-grade slump” in creativity blocks children’s potential or the ingrained prejudices discolor the “mirror neurons” responsible for empathy.

Here at ICAF we foster schoolchildren’s creativity and develop empathy through the arts. We serve American children as their national arts organization and their peers worldwide as the international arts organization. This year we organize the 6th Arts Olympiad globally and in 2019 we host the 6th World Children’s Festival on The National Mall in D.C. Our Healing Arts Programs restore natural disaster victims’ faith in nature and our Peace through Art Programs restore trust in humanity of children in conflict zones. Our ChildArt quarterly, published ad-free since 1998, deepens students’ global competencies.

Come let’s change the world. Your donation will help democratize creativity and develop empathy universally, for greater prosperity and lasting peace.

August 1, 2018 – ICAF invites elementary and middle schools worldwide to participate free this year in the 6th Arts Olympiad.

Apr 10, 2018 - Arts for Empathy exhibition at Andover Phillips Academy

Apr 7, 2018 - ChildArt quarterly promotes architecture and design education in collaboration with AIA (see sample)

Nov 14, 2017 – Congratulations to our board members Mr. Sergey Eylanbekov and Ms. Lisa Russell

Nov 11, 2017 – ChildArt quarterly reviewed in Leonardo

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