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.
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)