Ashfaq Ishaq

Ashfaq Ishaq


International Child Art Foundation

Washington, DC USA

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


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Ashfaq Ishaq


My road in life has been direct.
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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I help foster creativity and develop empathy in children through children's art programs and festivals.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Problem Solving


Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant