The 6th Arts Olympiad

6th Arts Olympiad

Every school in the U.S. and in countries across the globe is invited to participate free-of-charge in the world’s largest program for the creative development of students aged 8 to 12.

Deadline for submission of school entry to the ICAF is November 15, 2019. But mail your entry soon to find out if your student is invited to the 2020 World Children's Festival in Washington, D.C.

Click for the Arts Olympiad Lesson Plan.

6th Arts Olympiad (2019)

Objective: To foster students’ creativity by changing their self-image and metaphor.

Assumption: In a typical classroom, artistically-inclined students who are physically inactive may face the obesity risk while athletically-inclined students who are uninterested in the arts or creative activities may face the “4th-grade slump” in their creativity.

Intervention The Arts Olympiad Lesson Plan awakens the "inner artist" or "inner athlete” by inspiring students to embrace the "Artist-Athlete Ideal" of the creative mind and healthy body. This paradigm liberates the natural tendency toward creativity and good health by linking imagination with embodiment.

Expected Outcome: Students’ revised self-image solidifies when they depict themselves as artist-athletes in their paintings, drawings or digital art. The class is now transformed into a community of artist-athletes.

Note: The ICAF organizes the U.S. Arts Olympiad and the Canada Arts Olympiad. If you reside in another country, please check if we have a partner organization in your country. All U.S. and Canada entries, and those from countries where the ICAF has no partner must be mailed to ICAF, P O Box 58133, Washington, DC 20037, USA. If you have any question or want to send the artwork by FedEx, DHL or UPS, please contact the ICAF

6th World Children’s Festival (July 2020)

Objective: To create a perfect setting of global community for the development of mutual empathy and global leadership training.

Assumption: Children have the power to bring the human race together in a celebration of creativity, diversity, and unity.

Intervention:At this "Olympics" of children's imagination held every four years, the Arts Olympiad winners enhance interpersonal skills and receive leadership training before they collaboratively produce the Children’s Earth Flag℠ for the first human mission to Mars.

Expected Outcome: A transformative experience that inspires children to initiate positive social change in their communities and the world at large.

Note: The exact dates and venue on The National Mall for the world festival will be announced in late 2019 by the National Park Service.


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