An Invitation to participate in the 6th Arts Olympiad,
a free school art program for students aged 8 to 12, and select the winner who will represent your school or organization, and
your city or country, at the 2020 World Children's Festival.

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Deadline for art submission: November 15, 2019

6th Arts Olympiad Invitation

The International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) is pleased to invite you and your school to participate in the Arts Olympiad.  Your participation fee is waived, so the program is free for your school.  Any student can participate in and benefit from the Arts Olympiad, but your School Art Entry must be from students aged 8 to 12.

A classroom is often comprised of young artists and young athletes. The artists, when physically inactive, may face the obesity risk, an epidemic now. Those not artistically inclined, including some athletes, may face the “4th-grade slump” in creativity. Once this slump gains a foothold, it can consolidate an last into adulthood.

The Arts Olympiad Lesson Plan addresses the rising obesity and decreasing creativity risks by inspiring students to embrace the Artist-Athlete Ideal of the creative mind and healthy body.
This paradigm liberates the natural tendency toward creativity and good health by linking imagination with embodiment. Students' revised self-image solidifies when they depict themselves as “artist-athletes” in their artwork on the theme, My Favorite Sport.

Students come to understand that anyone can be an artist or an athlete, and that everyone can be creative and athletic, and that arts education is essential for their holistic development. Students break old stereotypes, embrace the Artist-Athlete Ideal and develop empathy for each other. Your school community is now stronger, more creative and healthy.

Arts Olympiad Lesson Plan

Deadline and Submissions

The Arts Olympiad Lesson Plan may take 3 or 4 class sessions to complete. The School Art Entry must be mailed to ICAF on or before November 15, 2019.  You can submit one best painting or drawing and one best digital art as winners of your school's Arts Olympiad. Selection of the school entry must be based on originality and not technical merit alone. The inclusion of a few students as judges is encouraged.

Submissions must include: (a) a brief essay by the student about his/her artwork; and (b) a fully completed
School Entry Form (download the pdf and complete it). Please tape (a) and (b) to the back of the artwork.

In the case of digital art, please email it with (a) and (b) to and

Schools in the United States and Canada should send their School Art Entry to:

                                              ICAF, Post Office Box 58133, Washington, DC 20037, USA

Schools around the world should send their art to the ICAF’s partner organization in their respective country.  Click here for a list of ICAF national partners. Click here if you have any questions.

Contact the ICAF if you want to send your entry via FedEx, UPS or  DHL.

Part 1: Instructional Group Activities

The Activities A, B and C allow students to develop connections between art and sport.

Activity A.  The Olympics Art Competitions

Reading Material: Smithsonian Magazine    Students answer these questions:

                   1) Should the Olympic Art Competitions be reinstated? Why? For what age group of artists?
            2) What is your favorite sport? Why?
3) Which cities will host the Summer Olympics of 2020, 2024 and 2028?  Winter Olympics?

Activity B.  Thinking Outside the Box

Reading Material: ChildArt quarterly 
Students are asked to separate themselves into two groups: “Artists” and “Athletes.”
                                                                           “Artists” answer these questions:

                           1) Why is sport important?                              2) How can physical activity benefit you?

Artists draw or paint a sports gear or equipment such as a ball, a baseball glove or a goal post.

                                                                           “Athletes” answer these question:

                  1) Why is art important?                                  2) How can drawing or painting benefit you?

Athletes draw or paint any art tool or equipment such as an easel, an art smock or a brush.

Activity C.  Building Peace through Art & Sport

 “Sport has the power to change the world, the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else can.     Sport speak to people in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where there was once only despair. It is an instrument of peace, even more powerful than governments.” -  Nelson Mandela


Questions to ask students:
If “sport” is replaced by “art” in the above quote, would it still ring true? Why or why not?
How about adding art to sport? Does the quotation become stronger?


Part 2:  Original Art Creation


Students are asked to create art on the theme, My Favorite Sport. They can depict themselves as “artist-athlete” in an Olympic sport, a traditional game or an imaginary activity and produce paintings, drawings or digital art. Painting or drawing can be on paper, canvas or silk that is 45x60 cm or 18x24 inches in size.

Each student writes a short essay about his/her work. The essay is clipped to the artwork along with a completed School Entry Form.

                            2020 World Children's Festival                                                     


The Arts Olympiad winners from over 100 U.S. cities and nearly 100 countries will convene in Washington, D.C.  in July 2020 for the 6th World Children's Festival (WCF) as Official Delegates.

Schedule:  On their first day, they will meet each other, learn about the WCF, and participate in some activities.  For the next three days, they will be on The National Mall attending workshops, participating in activities or watching incredible performances.  On the fifth and final day, they will be honored at the WCF Awards Banquet.

For previous WCF, peruse ChildArt quarterly or see this music clip.

WCF Registration and Expenses: Registration is free for the Delegates and their teachers and parents. Each delegation must arrange its own travel, meals, local transport, and accommodation. For the most deserving cases, host families can be provided. The WCF Award Banquet is free for the Delegates while their companions pay a discounted price of only US$50 per head.

Benefits:  The WCF is a transformative experience for the Delegates who acquire leadership skills and global connections.  It is also a most memorable experience.  Plans for the 2020 WCF include Delegates co-imagining and collaboratively producing the "Children's Earth Flag" for the first human mission to Mars. They will also co-imagine heaven and co-create murals to depict their shared visions.


Since 1997, the ICAF has served American children as their national arts organization and the world's children as their international arts organization.  We employ the powers of art and sport to foster creativity and develop empathy universally. Creativity and empathy are key 21st century attributes of successful learners and leaders.

We believe that every child is a creator and that child art is the most honest and purest form of human creative expression. We organize exhibitions to introduce professionals to children's imagination and awaken their "inner child."

The U.S. Olympic Committee has granted the ICAF an exclusive license to use the 'Arts Olympiad' mark. The ICAF is independently ranked among the 25 Top children's charities in the United States.

An independent, apolitical organization, the ICAF does not receive funding from any government or governmental institutions. The ICAF's work is supported by individual donors and WCF sponsors.

We encourage you and your students to host a fundraising event to support the ICAF bring the Arts Olympiad  to disadvanted schoolchildren who lack creative outlets.

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