Creativity and empathy are key attributes of successful learners and leaders. Creativity fuels discovery, originality and invention while empathy brings mutuality, compromise and collaborative innovation. The development of creativity and empathy is thus a precondition for prosperity and peace.

This development must start early because of the right of the child to be creative and empathetic—free from the pervasive “4th-grade slump” in creativity and sectarian tensions that muddy their “mirror neurons” responsible for empathy. The arts can foster creativity and empathy since both are rooted in the arts—children’s universal language.

Here at ICAF we plant the seeds of freedom by fostering critical creative thinking and developing mutual empathy. We serve American children as their national arts organization and their peers worldwide as the international arts organization. Our national or global programs and world festivals are free-of-charge and our ChildArt magazine is free of commercial advertisements.

You can help democratize creativity and develop empathy universally with your donation today.

January 15, 2019 – Government shutdown pushes the 6th World Children's Festival to July 2020

October 18, 2018 – ChildArt quarterly’s current issue on “Virtual Reality and Education” available now for $10. Review sample

August 1, 2018 – ICAF invites elementary and middle schools worldwide to participate free this year in the 6th Arts Olympiad.

Apr 10, 2018 - Arts for Empathy exhibition at Andover Phillips Academy

Nov 14, 2017 – Congratulations to our board members Mr. Sergey Eylanbekov and Ms. Lisa Russell

Nov 11, 2017 – ChildArt quarterly reviewed in Leonardo

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