The 6th Arts Olympiad

6th Arts Olympiad

Any family or school can participate free-of-charge in the Arts Olympiad, the world’s largest program for children’s creative development. The Arts Olympiad Lesson Plan can foster creativity for healing during the current public health crisis that began with Covid-19.

Lesson plan for parent (download 3-page pdf)

Lesson plan for schoolteacher (download 4-page pdf)

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 30 – August 1, 2021)

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.


Download complimentary issues of ChildArt magazine on the Arts Olympiad and the World Children’s Festival.

Review scholarly articles on the Arts Olympiad in refereed journals.

Peruse press coverage of the Arts Olympiad and the World Children’s Festival.

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