Imagination Foundation


The Imagination Foundation finds, fosters and funds creativity and entrepreneurship in kids. It focuses on raising new generations of innovative thinkers around the globe who are engaged in building a better world.

The organization is building a worldwide movement to promote creativity as a core social value and critical skill for the 21st century. To fuel this movement, it is showcasing exceptional stories of creative children from diverse backgrounds and using these stories to promote the widespread use of project-based learning in education.

The Imagination Foundation was established shortly after the launch of Caine’s Arcade, a short film by Nirvan Mullick about a 9-year old boy’s cardboard arcade in East LA. Posted online in April 2012, the film became a global phenomenon, receiving millions of views and inspiring a wave of cardboard creativity in kids around the world.

Days after the film went viral, Nirvan and the creative team behind the film began to develop a foundation with the goal of building a global community to find, foster, and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in kids like Caine.

Just five days after the film was posted, the filmmakers connected with the Goldhirsh Foundation, which issued a challenge grant (matching public donations to Caine’s scholarship Fund dollar-for-dollar up to $250,000) to help launch the Imagination Foundation.

Further energized by the Goldhirsh Challenge, Caine Arcade's supporters initiated fundraising strategies, including the Caine’s Arcade School Pilot Program and a Global Cardboard Challenge, which seeks to engage 1 million children in 70 countries in creative play on October 2, 2013. The movement continues to grow.

The Creative Visions Foundation is serving as the Imagination Foundation's fiscal sponsor.



Mike McGalliard
Executive Director

Los Angeles

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