Ashfaq Ishaq

Ashfaq Ishaq

Founder


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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Milestones

Milestones

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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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
doctorate
Doctorate
Economics, General
George Washington University
Career

Career

Founder

I help foster creativity and develop empathy in children through children's art programs and festivals.

Career Roadmap

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

Hurdles

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant
First-Generation Immigrant

Being a first generation immigrant myself, I know how difficult it is, and I know sometimes one does not feel that one fits in. But I also know, dual culture heritage is one of the greatest assets one can have.