The 5th Arts Olympiad

5th Arts Olympiad

Our flagship program, the Arts Olympiad, has grown since 1997 into the world's largest and most prestigious art and sport program. The United States Olympic Committee has granted the ICAF an exclusive license to use "Arts Olympiad" and related marks. The program is free of charge for schools and school systems. The Arts Olympiad Lesson Plan inform teachers to introduce their students to the "Artist-Athlete Ideal" of the creative mind and healthy body (mens sana in corpore sano).

This paradigm liberates the natural tendency toward creativity and good health by linking imagination with embodiment. 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.


December 31, 2014Deadline to mail the school entries to the ICAF
March 5, 2015Winners invited to the 5th World Children's Festival in Washington, D.C.
June 30 - July 4, 20155th World Children's Festival in Washington, D.C.
Jan.-Nov., 2016 The International Arts Olympian Exhibition travels to important sites

The 6th Arts Olympiad (2017-2020) will be launched in January 2017. To receive updates, subscribe to the ICAF newsletter Sketches.


The Arts Olympiad is one of the most researched and written about art programs. Read articles publishes in refereed journals and in U.S. and international newspapers .

See the art online at the ICAF Gallery

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Education Partners:

Americans for the Arts Association for Childhood Education International Global Alliance UNESCO National Art Education Foundation Association World Summit Youth Award

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