Creativity and empathy are the Founding Fathers’ greatest gift to our nation and the world. But these attributes must be developed early, starting with schoolchildren before the well-documented “4th-grade slump” in their creativity gains a foothold or their “mirror neurons” responsible for empathy become muddy. Artmaking can be an effective intervention because both creativity and empathy are rooted in the arts. ICAF serves American children as their national arts organization that grows their imagination, fosters their creativity, and develops empathy among them and with their peers worldwide through the universal language of art.


We identify the world’s most imaginative children—its leading child artists—through the Arts Olympiad (our school art program that has grown since 1997 into the world’s largest) and we bring these creative kids together at the World Children’s Festival—a transformative experience that infuses creativity with empathy. When these children go back into the world as “creative-empaths,” they are inspired and prepared to bring positive social change in their communities and the larger world.


Plant the seeds of freedom by supporting this grassroots movement for children to democratize creativity and grow empathy for sustainable prosperity and a peaceful future.




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


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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