Children’s World Mural, 16 x 24 feet, is a collaborative creation of child artists from 50 nations around the world.

For a relatively small charity that operates on an undersized budget, the ICAF’s impact and achievements are nothing less than miraculous.

Impact in Numbers

  • 5,000,000 -Total number of children who produced art under the Arts Olympiads since 1997
  • 2,500,000 -Total number of people who attended ICAF exhibitions or events since 1998
  • 250,000 -Total number of potential participants and attendees at the WCF2015

Example of Achievements


- Produced the first-ever national children’s art festival in U.S. history, held in Washington, DC
- Launched the ChildArt quarterly magazine for children’s creative and empathic development
- Discussions with first lady of Lithuania Alma Adamkienė at the ICAF office


-Produced the 1st WCF on The National Mall opened by first ladies of Costa Rica, Liberia, and Peru
-Visions of the New Millennium exhibition at the United Nations, New York City
-Discussions with first lady of Kazakhstan Sara Nazarbayeva at the ICAF office
-Discussions with first lady of Chile at the Palacio de La Moneda in Santiago, Chile
-The White House New Millennium Celebration art activities and exhibition


-Discussions with Queen Rania of Jordan at the ICAF office
-Organized the First Ladies Forum at the UN Millennium Development Summit in New York City
-Launched the Washington Forum for Children


-Mrs. Nane Annan and Dr. Jane Goodall write for ChildArt magazine
-Chaired a session at the World Summit on Media for Children in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
-Awarded Fellowship at the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA), London, England


-Organized Peace through Art Program for Cyprus with Cyprus Fulbright Commission’s support
-Hosted Peace through Art exhibitions at the Rayburn House Office Building and the World Bank
-U.S. First Lady Betty Ford writes for ChildArt magazine
-Partnered with the Washington Coalition to bid for the 2012 Olympic Games in our nation’s capital


- Hosted first-ever children’s art exhibition at the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings in Dubai, UAE
-Organized Innovation in Education symposium in Doha, Qatar with the Qatar Foundation
-Arranged exhibition at Harvard Graduate School of Education
-Produced the 2nd WCF on The National Mall, opened by U.S. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter


-Partnered with New York City in its bid to host the 2012 Olympics
-Received Exemplary Humanitarian Service Award at the World Culture Open in Seoul, Korea
-Partnered with Haus der Kunst in Munich to organize Utopia Exhibition


-Presented at Childhoods Today at The Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park, England
-Partnered with the World Bank on Destruction, Reconstruction and Prevention program


-Hosted Arts Olympiad Exhibition at Palace of Stupinigi during the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics, Italy
-Arranged Children of Katrina exhibition at Museu da Cidade in Lisbon, Portugal
-Organized the European Children’s Festival at the Olympia Park in Munich, Germany
-Organized Cultural Figurines exhibition at Galleria Kophof in Munich, Germany


-Received exclusive license from the U.S. Olympic Committee to use “Arts Olympiad” mark
-Produced the 3rd WCF on The National Mall, opened by Congresswoman Bordallo
-Arranged Children’s Visions of the Future exhibition at Yeungjin College in South Korea


-Presented at the Aspen Institute’s Cultural Diplomacy Forum in Paris, France
-Organized international children’s panel at the World Cultural Economic Forum in New Orleans
-Arranged Children of Katrina exhibition at Central Military Club in Sofia, Bulgaria


-Presentation at UNESCO’s International Youth Conference in Banten, Indonesia
-Hosted exhibition at the Education Without Borders conference in Dubai, UAE
-Presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference


-Hosted international children’s panel at the Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
-Launched Healing Arts Program to help children in Haiti and Chile cope with earthquake traumas


-Produced 4th WCF on The National Mall, opened by heads of U.S. Coast Guard and Forest Service
-Curated Arts Olympiad exhibitions at public libraries in Washington, DC


-Hosted Arts Olympiad exhibition at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan
-Joined the Endangered Species Coalition and U.S. Fish and Wildlife for the Youth Art Contest
-Organized Denim Art Project at Madewell stores (a subsidiary of J. Crew) across the United States


-Curated Children’s Tribute to Nelson Mandela exhibition at THEARC in Washington, D.C.
-Published under ICAF Print ebook titled The Creativity Revolution
-Launched the 5th Arts Olympiad in the U.S. and nearly 100 countries


-Arranged ad agencies’ design competition to produce the WCF logo at Cannes Lions, France
-Secured 12th to 14th Streets of The National Mall for July 2nd to 4th for the WCF2015

Other Achievements

More research articles have been published in scholarly journals on the ICAF’s work than is true for far larger charities. Media in many countries have featured the ICAF and its programs and events. The ICAF has secured an exclusive license from the U.S. Olympic Committee to use “Arts Olympiad” and related marks. The ICAF was a partner of NYC2012, the New York City’s bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Fact sheet on the ICAF (362Kb pdf download)


World Children's Festival (2011)               PSA (2005)                         ChildArt USA (1998)


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