During this season of giving, we want you to remember the importance of creativity (Steve Jobs) and of empathy (Nelson Mandela). Developing children’s innate creativity and intrinsic empathy are preconditions for a better future for all.
Our Arts Olympiad, a free-of-charge program for schools worldwide, employs the power of the arts to nurture creativity and foster empathy. We aim to engage two million children in our 5th Arts Olympiad next year. You can make this ambitious goal real by making a tax-deductible donation today.
The ICAF is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit that does not receive any funding from the government.
At the ICAF, we strongly believe in the long-term benefits of staying active and creative. Our programs are designed to bring different minds together, and foster long term friendships between children that will help them become global citizens.
Who will inspire the children now that their best role model is gone?
Our Arts Olympiad is a tribute to Mr. Nelson Mandela who stated, “Art and sport have the powers to change the world, the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else can. Art and sport speak to people in a language they understand. Art and sport can create hope where there was once only despair. They are instruments for peace, even more powerful than governments.”
Artwork by Bonciumusa Ncapai (age 12, South Africa).
A research study on Michigan State University’s graduates who majored in STEM fields found that “…those who own businesses or patents received up to eight times more exposure to the arts as children than the general public.” >http://bit.ly/1eVVtFE
Don’t forget to turn in your artwork for our 5th Arts Olympiad! We are excited to see you fantastic imagination come to life.
The ICAF Corporate Board Member Mr. Jas Singh Mann launches Virgin Produced India, a subsidiary of the Virgin Group, at the 44th International Film Festival in Goa this week. Check it out here>http://bit.ly/18JXShM.
We are all very excited for Mr. Mann and we wish him the best.
In celebration of United Nations’s Universal Children’s Day, the ICAF brings you pictures of our past World Children’s Festivals. Children’s creativity and imagination will lead to the creation of a sustainable and better world; they are our future.
To engage children in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau in its 5th Arts Olympiad and the 2015 World Children’s Festival, the ICAF signed a representation agreement with Advanced Development Knowledge (AKD) group which covers Canadian International School of Beijing and the C.C International Child Art Center (Beijing).
We look forward to contributing to the creative education of students in China, which totals 260 million.
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University of Granada art professor María Reyes González Vida, an organizer of the 5th Arts Olympiad in Spain, eloquently captures her 4th Arts Olympiad experience in this article which appears in the current issue of Visual Artbeat Magazine