The 5th World Children’s Festival opened with a three-day public celebration on June 30th to July 2nd at The Ellipse—“President’s Park” south of The White House. On July 3rd the WCF Awards Banquet were held, followed by a communal celebration of United States independence on July 4th.
The New Zealand Children's Art House has been part of festival celebrations in Washington DC since the first World Children's Art Olympiad in 1999. Traveling via Australia, the Kutarere Kapahaka Group departed from New Zealand on June 29th and stayed in Washington until July 9th . The Maori children accompanied by Shona Hammond Boys, the ICAF representative in New Zealand hosted workshops at the festival with other educators accompanying the delegation.
The ICAF has served since 1997 as the national arts & creativity organization for American children and the international arts & creativity organization for the world's children.
Our mission is to enhance academic performance and imbue global citizenship by nurturing children’s creativity and developing their empathy-key attributes of 21stcentury learners and leaders.
Engaged approximately 5 million children in 80 countries to produce original art.
Hosted the first national children’s art festival in U.S. history
Developed theArtist-Athlete Ideal℠of the creative mind and healthy body, which guides children to address the obesity and creativity risks they might face
Pioneered STEAMS Education℠, which integrates Art and Sport with the STEM disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for children's holistic development
Produced theWorld Children's Festivalon The National Mall in Washington, D.C., every four years since 1999 as the Olympics of children's imaginations