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“While the children were innocently mingling and creatively performing, I thought to myself what A PEACEFUL WORLD we would have if humans were to ascend into adulthood as children.”
– Ambassador James Kur Muorwel, Republic of South Sudan.
“We met people from other countries that had similar interests to ours. We felt more connected with the society. The WCF was once in a LIFE-TIME opportunity that shaped our lives towards better understanding of this world.”
– Karina Kharaneka, docent, Belarussian Academy of Arts.
“We can all learn from the children of the world and realize that our next generation has the passion, creativity and empathy to shape the FUTURE and build a better world.”
– Vice Admiral John P. Currier, Deputy Commandant, United States Coast Guard; Delegate to 2011WCF.
“ICAF helped me discover my inner creativity and use art to bring countries together. It gave me an opportunity to divert my disappointments that came with losing a few competitive tennis matches to a POSITIVE ENERGY as I engaged into creating my art piece.”
– Parth Koushik, Delegate to 2011WCF.
“There was one performance that particularly captivated the audience, moving them onto their feet to dance, and bringing me to tears. When a group of five blind children from Zimbabwe took the stage with their homemade wooden instruments, they played the sweetest, most consonant music I had ever heard. People rose from their seats and climbed onto the stage in a flurry of laughter and cheers. The gifted musicians smiled.”
– Megan Shindler
“At the WCF we saw incredible creativity, pride in accomplishment, and joy that TRANSCENDED national and language BARRIERS.”
– Sophia Bender
“Winning the 5th Arts Olympiad in Hong Kong is definitely one of my GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS.”
– Fiona Chung, Hong Kong
“Through the wonderful speakers, the different cultures, and fabulous performances it showed me that all these wonderful talents came together through art and children. Children can MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the world, and this event gave me the power to stand up for what I believe in. We are the world. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the festival and to be heard,”
– Stephanie Marie.
“I am grateful to organizations like the International Child Art Foundation that give us the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of our nation’s YOUNG people. I encourage you to continue to support programs that help children to discover their talents and belief in themselves.”
– First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton; Delegate to 1999WCF.
“Travelling half way across the globe from Burma to Washington D.C. to accept the award I won at the age of 12 has been the LIFE-CHANGING experience and GREATEST INFLUENCE over my life and dream. If it weren’t for ICAF I wouldn’t have had enough influence or motivation to follow my heart and pursue my dream to be an artist.”
– Kaung Myat Zaw, Myanmar’s 1st Arts Olympiad winner; Delegate to 1999WCF.
“Ultimately, a flower that blooms with the knowledge and great experiences showered upon it started with just a seed. ICAF has handed this seed to me, and as a citizen of youth, I have the ability to spread on the start of inspiration… The experiences after my involvement have been memorable and LIFE CHANGING.”
– Sora Nithikasem, New Jersey’s 3rd Arts Olympiad winner; Delegate to 2007WCF.
“I never had anything happen to me like my experience with the ICAF (and haven’t since).”
– Eric Huber
“I always consider my experience at the WCF in Washington D.C. as a spark in my LIFE, imagination, and creativity.”
– Chathura Sooriya-Arachchi, Sri Lanka Arts Olympiad winner; Delegate to 1999WCF.
“To receive an invitation at that age and that time to go to Washington DC, have my artwork exhibited, meet other artists from around the country, see the National Monuments; it was an incredible experience for so many different reasons as an artist but also as a person.”
– Camilla Cohen, Florida Arts Olympiad winner.