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International Child Art Foundation

PO BOX 58133,
WASHINGTON DC 20037-8133,
USA

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$22,836 raised via 112 donations

Our Mission

Founded in 1997, the International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with Federal Tax ID 52-2032649. ICAF serves American children as their national arts organization and the world’s children as their global arts organization.

Mission To foster American children’s creativity and develop mutual empathy among them and their peers worldwide for a prosperous and peaceful future.

Vision To democratize creativity for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and grow mutual empathy for “a more perfect union.”

Services ICAF organizes the Arts Olympiad, a school art program that has grown over the years into the world’s largest. Every four years, ICAF produces the World Children’s Festival as the “Olympics” of children’s imagination at the National Mall across the U.S. Capitol. Since 1998, ICAF has published the ChildArt quarterly free of commercial advertisements for children’s creative and empathic development.

ICAF’s Healing Art Programs revive faith in nature of child victims of natural disasters. ICAF’s Peace through Art Programs restore trust in humanity of children living in conflict zones.

To give voice to children and promote their imagination, ICAF organizes children’s panels at major conferences and interactive exhibitions that kindle professionals’ “inner child.” For children’s holistic development, ICAF has pioneered STEAMS education to integrate Art (creative activities) and Sport (physical activities) with the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Impact Over the past twenty-five years, ICAF has changed the world for children. More than five million schoolchildren have participated in and benefited from ICAF’s free-of-charge programs. An estimated two million students, parents, and teachers have attended ICAF festivals, exhibitions, and conferences in over twenty major cities worldwide. The readership of ChildArt quarterly has grown to an estimated 220,000. Through ICAF, children gain a sense of self-worth and confidence in themselves as creators. They come to recognize that they are the future and their imagination a seedbed for discovery and innovation. ICAF promotes their art as the most honest and pure form of human creative expression.

Funding The National Endowment of the Art, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Susan Zirkl Memorial Charitable Foundation, the Skillman Foundation, the Keith Campbell Foundation, and the Robert J. Bauer Family Foundation have supported ICAF this year. Current in-kind supporters include Penguin Random House, Winsor & Newtown, and Kuretake, Ltd. of Japan. Since none of the largest private foundations support ICAF, creative-empathic individuals provide the lion’s share of funding.

How Your Donations Help

  • $100 brings the 7th Arts Olympiad to one Title 1 school 230 students benefit by the school art program that fosters their creativity. in the United States
  • $1,000 brings the 7th Arts Olympiad to an African, LAC or Asian country 3,000 students benefit by the school art program that fosters their creativity.
  • $10,000 brings the 7th Arts Olympiad to an entire school district 6,000 students benefit by the school art program that fosters their creativity. in the United States

Our Impact

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International Child Art Foundation posted an impact story
almost 2 years ago — Washington, D.C.

To make children the centerpiece of government policies, corporate CSR, and United Nations SDGs and Human Security for All Campaign, ICAF brings children's perspectives to grow public awareness. Watch (3:15-min) > https://youtu.be/FYQBS6TI63A

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International Child Art Foundation posted an impact story
over 2 years ago — Washington, D.C.

Peruse our ChildArt magazine on the 6th World Children's Festival > https://icaf.org/childart/2021WCF/

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International Child Art Foundation posted an impact story
almost 3 years ago — The National Mall across the U.S. Capitol

The 6th World Children's Festival remediated COVID anxieties by bringing 5,000 children, parents and teachers together for three days at the National Mall to celebrate creativity, diversity, and unity.

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International Child Art Foundation posted an impact story
about 3 years ago — National PTA, Washington D.C. - OUR CHILDREN magazine.

"How to Prepare our Children for the Fourth Industrial Revolution" > https://ptaourchildren.org/how-to-prepare-children-for-the-fourth-industrial-revolution/

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International Child Art Foundation posted an impact story
about 3 years ago — ChildArt magazine April-June 2021 "The Moral of Your Story"

Peruse the magazine https://icaf.org/TheMoralOfYourStory

Causes We Support

Countries We Serve

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

By cultivating children's creativity and growing mutual empathy, we advance five key Social Development Goals (SDGs)—good health, quality education, gender equality, inequities reduction, and peace building.

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