About Us


Since 1997, the ICAF has served as the national arts and creativity organization for American children and the international arts and creativity organization for children all over the world.

Our mission is to enhance academic performance and imbue global citizenship by nurturing children's creativity and developing their empathy, key attributes of 21st century learners and leaders.

Our Accomplishments

  • Engaged approximately 5 million children in 80 countries to produce original art.
  • Hosted the first national children’s art festival in U.S. history
  • Developed the Artist-Athlete Ideal℠ of the creative mind and healthy body, which guides children to address the obesity and creativity risks they might face
  • Pioneered STEAMS Education℠, which integrates Art and Sport with the STEM disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics for children's holistic development
  • Produced the World Children's Festivalat The National Mall in Washington, D.C., every four years since 1999 as the Olympics of children's imaginations
  • Instituted the World Children's Award for children to select and honor creative leaders
  • Gained recognition as the world leader in children’s art exhibitions and children's panels at conferences


Meet the founders, creative education advisors, corporate advisors, education partners, international partners, youth board members, and the ICAF staff.


We train teachers and provide them with structured lesson plans to: (a) cultivate children's healthy living habits, imagination and creative critical thinking with the Arts Olympiad, the largest and most prestigious art program for children ages 8 to 12; (b) reduce violence in conflict zones by restoring young people's trust in humanity with Peace through Art programs; and (c) remediate suffering following major natural disasters by restoring the affected community's faith in nature with Healing Art programs.


Some of the world's most creative companies (Adidas, Brother, Disney, Faber-Castell, Hilton, LEGO, Madewell, WACOM, tbgWorldwide, and Yahoo!) have sponsored the ICAF exhibitions, World Children's Festival, or ChildArt magazine. We rely on the support of creative and empathic individuals to sustain and grow our programs, which are free of charge for all children, school districts, ministries of education, and arts councils and organizations.


Recent awards include the 2011 Ziegfeld Award for Outstanding International Leadership in Art Education and the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the United States Sports Academy.

World Children's Festival (2011)               PSA (2005)                         ChildArt USA (1998)