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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  • My name is Carina 28 Apr 2016 | 11:58 pm

    Hello! My name is Carina Y. Klein, I am from São Paulo, Brazil.

    I love to travel, meet people, learn customs and cultures and hear about different histories and experiences. I believe that from the moment you really allow yourself to  learn new things and listen to people, you start to understand better, and what you used to see only one way starts being seen in several different ways.

    I have always dreamt of living at least once outside of Brazil, and when I was younger I thought it would only be to study, but my mind changed and I wanted to do some volunteer work. So when I was looking on the internet I found Cultural Canvas Thailand, and I realized that with this program I am not only making this dream come true but also I would have the opportunity to help in a very beautiful project, which contributes to social change, and creative, emotional and spiritual development  through the arts.

    I studied economy but I didn’t find myself in this area. As I’ve always loved photography since I was a child, I did a basic course. As I learned only the basics I still have a lot to…