INSPIRATION / HISTORY
The road to the ArtsGames began nearly 20 years ago when Sylvia Sweeney made a promise to her uncle, the legendary jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson, to create events that would bring cultures together. After numerous events produced in Canada, Sylvia returned to her Olympian roots, staging events at the 1996 Atlanta, 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympiads. Over the years, she received guidance from members of the Olympic Committee who assisted Miss Sweeney and her team to develop this independent global competition. The ArtsGames demonstrates the excellence which exists in all cultures by staging these accessible competitions in five art forms. Selected competitors will each represent their nation and will be challenged to emulate the great artists before them who dedicated their craft to the betterment of humanity.
To provide a global platform to demonstrate the excellence that exists in all cultures.
The ArtsGames operates through two major groups: the International ArtsGames Committee™ Inc. (IAC) and its subsidiary, ArtsGames I Ltd. The International ArtsGames Committee (IAC), the ArtsGames parent company, is comprised of Olympians, business executives, artists, government officials, educators, marketing and broadcast professionals.