Welcome to Art Relief International

Art Relief International works to transform the lives of struggling social groups in Chiang Mai, Thailand by offering them the opportunity to express themselves through an artistic lens.

Art changes lives. It is both a powerful means of expression and a recognized means of therapy – two things that are vital in the lives of ARI participants. ARI works to cultivate creativity, create an atmosphere of inclusion for groups that are often cast out and ignored, and encourage social change.


Our volunteer-based organization relies on dedicated and open-minded individuals looking to make a creative difference in the world. This unique opportunity to volunteer in Thailand rewards both volunteers and ARI program participants alike.

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  • Costumes, Crowns, and Drumming! Oh My! 17 Aug 2017 | 7:19 am

    This week at Hope Home, we did something a little different. We combined costumes, crowns, and drumming! It was an interesting combination of activities that turned out to be a lot of fun. When we first arrived at Hope Home, we had our usual jam session to get everyone excited and in the mood for the fun activity ahead.

    After the jamming, everyone gathered around to listen to the instructions for the activity of the day. Firstly, everybody would get a pre-cut piece of card in the shape of a crown and be able to design it however they liked. This gave the kids an opportunity to be creative and have some fun!
    Everyone was very concentrated and couldn’t wait to begin the activity.

    Everyone was really engaged when making their crowns. Garfield moved his wrists more and drew with…