Ashfaq's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Team Crazy Babbling Sunshine

ASHFAQ ISHAQ

Founder
International Child Art Foundation

“You are here on this planet to do something unique. So, why do you expect that everyone else will understand and be supportive? ”

INTERESTS:

Art Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Failure Negativity Culture Individualism Passion Hard Work Regrets Inspiration Struggle Support & Encouragement Fulfillment Success

FOUNDATION:

Problem Solving

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up in a "privileged" family in Pakistan; had a comfortable childhood, excellent schooling.
  • Knew that he was lucky; all around him was a country in abject poverty.
  • Kept hearing "economics has the answers" to poverty; moved to the U.S. to study economics, worked at the World Bank.
  • Participated in research that found a "creativity slump" in fourth-graders; schools had trouble motivating, inspiring children at that age.
  • Realized poverty isn't just a bureaucratic issue; knew that giving at-risk kids creative outlets would help them down the line.
  • Started International Child Art Foundation in 1997; had trouble getting funding, found people hesitant to give to creative causes.
  • Says people still ask him why he works in child's art when he was a Ph.D., tells him to "grow up"; he maintains that this is his unique calling.

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