The ICAF is devoted to spreading awareness of children as creators, not merely learners, and their imagination and art as social capital worthy of investment.
To bring about this transformation, students are inspired to embrace the "Artist-Athlete Ideal" of the creative mind and healthy body, while educators are encouraged to adopt STEAMS Education to integrate STEM disciplines with art & culture (signified by the "A") and sport & play (the second "S") for children's holistic development.
Since 1997, approximately five million children worldwide have produced original art under the ICAF programs and more than 2,500,000 individuals have attended ICAF exhibitions, festivals, and events. Most of the beneficiaries are aged 8 to 12, who are empowered to overcome the "4th-grade slump" in creativity. Roughly 660 million children worldwide belong to this age group, hence the ICAF must exponentially expand its outreach to engage and benefit a majority.
Studies on the impact of the ICAF have been published in several academic journals such as:
1998 - Produced the first-ever national children's art festival in U.S. history, held onat The National Mall
1999 - First ladies of Costa Rica, Liberia, and Ecuador open the very first World Children Festival (WCF)
at The National Mall
- Visions of the New Millennium exhibition at the UN Headquarters in New York City
- The White House New Millennium Celebration art exhibition and activities
2000 - Hosted "The First Ladies Forum" at the UN Millennium Development Summit in New York City
2001 - The Drucker Foundation and Frances Hesselbein honor the ICAF for its innovative leadership
2002 - Peace through Art Program organized with support of the Cyprus Fulbright Commission
2003 - At the WCF 2003, the Mayor of Washington, DC proclaims 9/11/2003 as "Children's Peace Day"
- Hosted the first-ever children's art exhibition at the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings held in Dubai
- Organized the Qatar Foundation's first-ever educational symposium in Doha
2004 - The Arts Olympiad included in New York's Candidature File for The Games of the XXX Olympiad
- Received Exemplary Humanitarian Service Award at the World Culture Open in Seoul
2005 - Partnered with the World Bank on Destruction, Reconstruction and Prevention program
2006 - Hosted Arts Olympiad Exhibition at Palace of Stupinigi during the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics
- Arranged Children of Katrina exhibition at Museu da Cidade in Lisbon
- Organized the European Children's Festival at the Olympia Park in Munich
2007 - Instituted "World Children's Award" at the WCF 2007, with LEGO as first recipient
2008 - Presented at the Aspen Institute's Cultural Diplomacy Forum in Paris
2009 - Hosted Children of Katrina exhibition at the Education Without Borders conference in Dubai
2010 - Hosted international children's panel at the Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh
- Launched Healing Arts Program to help children in Haiti and Chile cope with traumas
2011 - Honored the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as recipient of the "World Children's Award" at WCF 2011
2012 - Hosted Arts Olympiad exhibition at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa
2013 - Curated Children's Tribute to Nelson Mandela exhibition at THEARC in Washington, D.C.
2014 - Organized a competition for young creatives to design the WCF 2015 logo at Cannes Lions
2015 - Produced the 5th World Children Festival (WCF) on June 30th to July 2nd
at The Ellipse next to The White House
- Honored The Swatch Group and the Akira Foundation with the "World Children's Award"