We like the core values of the International Child Art Foundation. The organization’s mission is to integrate the arts with science, sports and technology for the development of children's innate creativity and intrinsic empathy. They are headquartered in Washington, D.C., but they have a global reach. Small enough to be nimble, but big enough to be effective, we also like that these contributions will be used to affect outcomes for children by enhancing their learning of the arts and fostering understanding among each other.
The ICAF programs and events include:
The Arts Olympiad, a free global program for children ages 8 to 12, commences in classrooms with structured lesson plans that bridge the divide between students by introducing the artist-athlete ideal of a creative mind and healthy body.
World Children's Festival 2011:
The World Children's Festival (WCF) has evolved into the largest international children's celebration and a permanent quadrennial event in our nation's capital. Free and open to the public, the WCF attracts more than 15,000 attendees.
Since 1998 ICAF has published ChildArt, a captivating quarterly magazine designed and written expressly for 8- to 12-year-olds to promote and nourish their critical thinking and creativity.
According to ICAF, "Creativity is in short supply and must be nurtured in our children. The arts are an effective vehicle to foster creative thinking and develop empathy for a peaceful and prosperous future."
Interested in ICAF? Donations are possible at http://www.icaf.org