Our work seeds imagination, cultivates creativity, and grows empathy locally, nationally, and globally.


Because the Fourth Industrial Revolution will blend their physical, digital, and biological spheres and change their lives in unimaginable ways, learners need to be trained as “creative-empaths” who can work together to ensure sustainability, shared prosperity, and a peaceful future.


For students’ creative development, we organize the Arts Olympiad (the world’s largest school art program). We produce the World Children’s Festival to provide the Arts Olympiad winners a transformative experience that infuses their creativity with empathy.


Join the children’s grassroots movement to democratize creativity and grow empathy by making a donation today. They will welcome your participation in their 6th World Children’s Festival next July 31st to August 2nd at The National Mall, across from the Smithsonian Castle.





November 13, 2020 - Penguin Random House to donate 10,000 copies of His Holiness Dalai Lama’s first children’s book, The Seed of Compassion, for the 2020 World Children’s Festival


September 6, 2019 – The 2020 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


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)




Our Theory of Positive Social Change

Since 1997, ICAF has served American children as their national arts organization and the world’s children as their global arts organization. An independent, apolitical 501(c)(3) nonprofit with Federal Tax I.D. # 52-2032649, ICAF is ranked among the 25 Top Children’s Charities in the United States by an unaffiliated parents organization.


You may contribute through JustGiving.org, NetworkForGood or PayPal. Or you can write a check and mail it to: ICAF, Post Office Box 58133, Washington DC 20037.


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In the summer of 2020, Tokyo will host the Olympics, Dubai the World Expo, and our nation’s capital the 6th World Children’s Festival. You can play a leadership role in this comparatively much smaller but more meaningful celebration of “Creativity, Diversity, and Unity” with your sponsorship or support.