The 6th Arts Olympiad

6th Arts Olympiad

The Arts Olympiad, launched in 1997, has grown into the world's largest art program for schoolchildren. Click here for the free lesson plan. Like the Olympics, the 6th Arts Olympiad (2017-2020) has a four-year cycle:

October 2017 / May 2018 - Introducing Creative Education

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

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

Intervention The Arts Olympiad Lesson Plan awakens students’ "inner artist" or "inner athlete” by inspiring them 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.

August 2018 / December 2018 - Community Mobilization

Objective: To provide every global community an occasion to celebrates local children's creativity.

Assumption: Once empowered as creators, the young may become change-makers and peace-builders.

Intervention: Local Arts Olympiad exhibitions involve community leaders as judges so they come to appreciate the importance and urgency of children’s creative and empathetic development.

Expected Outcome: Communities start to rally behind the children as architects of a brighter future.

June 2019 - Growing Global Awareness

Objective: To create a perfect setting of global community for the development of intercultural and intra-cultural empathy.

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.

April/July 2020 – Enhancing the Olympics

Objective: To bring art back into the Olympics, since art and sport together can unite the world.

Assumption: Global conversations on the critical importance of creativity and empathy can excite teachers and parents to take action and reform education.

Intervention: Comprised of Children’s Earth Flag℠ and the Arts Olympiad masterpieces, the exhibition takes place in several host cities and culminates in Tokyo to celebrate the 2020 Olympics, demonstrating how art and sport can unite the world.

Expected Outcome: The development of creativity and empathy recognized as building blocks for positive ideation and collaborative innovation as well as a precondition for shared prosperity and lasting peace.


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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