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In a city divided into a checkerboard of special interest groups, the World Children's Festival brought the community together around a shared concern for the children and their future. People from all walks of life joined in the celebration. Children from private schools in rich suburbs comingled with kids from public schools in poor neighborhoods. Artists talked with scientists, teachers with parents, toddlers with seniors. And when they did not share a common verbal language, the universal language of art became the basis of communication.

At the International Child Art Foundation we are indebted to all the good-hearted people who helped make the festival possible. ICAF staff and volunteers who toiled at it for nearly two years. ICAF's supporters--notably the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Forest Service, Yoursphere, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba of United Arab Emirates, the U.S. ambassador to Oman, the Battle Creek Community Foundation, the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, and the Japan Foundation.

We thank our many partners for bringing innovative content and training to the festival. The distinguished speakers who addressed, the children, the professors, professionals, and schoolteachers who conducted workshops. Melody Street of Los Angeles for filming the festival and I LIKE MEDIA of Vienna, Austria, for social media. Attendees have uploaded more than 6,000 festival photos which you can view at http://photos. worldchildfestival.org.

But most of all we are grateful to the children, just their smiles and the twinkles of hope in their eyes made all the hard work worthwhile

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Ashfaq Isgaq, Ph.D.

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Title Annotation:World Children's Festival; International Child Art Foundation
Author:Ishaq, Ashfaq
Publication:ChildArt
Article Type:Editorial
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2011
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