World’s Children’s Festival
World’s Children’s Festival (WCF), June 30 - July 2, features kids from nearly 50 countries and 20 US states celebrating “Creativity, Diversity, and Unity.” Children and youth from the DC area are encouraged to join in the fun and learning, to see the work of other children, view performances by musicians and dancers, and actively engage in a range of artistic and creative endeavors.
Hosted by the International Child Art Foundation, the festival focuses entirely on celebrating children’s creativity. International educators and experts from US universities and organizations and those in 13 other countries will host scores of educational workshops and activities each day based on STEAMS Education—the ICAF’s pioneering approach to integrate STEM disciplines with art and culture (signified by the “A”) and sport and play (the “S”) for children’s holistic development. The entire program schedule is online: www.WorldChildrensFestival.org.
The WCF objective is to enhance children’s creativity and imbue it with empathy through the following research-based sequencing of the WCF learning outcomes:
- June 30 is Health & Environment Day — focusing on concerns readily shared by every child to find a common ground.
- July 1 is Creativity & Imagination Day — affirming the inner world of the child to enhance his or her creative potential.
- July 2 is Peace & Leadership Day — developing empathy through collaborative mural making and workshops on empathy as a key attribute of successful learners and leaders in the 21st century.