The Arts Olympiad, launched in 1997, has grown into the world's largest art program for children. The 6th Arts Olympiad (2017-2020) will be launched in early 2017.
2017 –the 6th Arts Olympiad will commence in classrooms with structured lesson plans that introduce students to the "Artist-Athlete Ideal" of the creative mind and healthy body (mens sana in corpore sano). The lesson plan awakens the "inner artist" and "inner athlete" in students, so that the athletically-inclined feel more free to express themselves creatively and the artistically-inclined can feel more comfortable exploring physical activities. By bringing children to these domains in terms of enjoyment, not duty or requirement, the traps of creativity slumps and obesity risks can be avoided. The self-image as "artist-athlete" solidifies when a child renders it into a personal work of art–be it a painting, drawing, or digital work--such as is encouraged by the theme of the Arts Olympiad art contest, My Favorite Sport.
2018 –Arts Olympiad Exhibitions in cities and towns provide communities the opportunity to celebrate the creativity and artistic talents of their children. Local cultural and business leaders select the winners who would be invited to represent their community and school district at the 6th World Children's Festival.
2019 –the 6th World Children's Festival in Washington, D.C. Children's creativity is nurtured and mutual empathy is developed in a creative global community setting.
2020 –the International Arts Olympiad Exhibition will travel to Olympic sites and major cities to promote children's art as social capital.