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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The Fluff Boxx
Making a weekly visit to Hope Home is a lovely way to break up the week. Every Wednesday morning we drive out of the city to spend time with the children who live there and who have a variety of physical and mental disabilities. Because of their limited range of motion and their hindered communication, making art with these loving children gives them a voice. We also do a lot of sensory exploration with them to have fun while allowing them to develop some motor skills. This week was a highly explorative sensory project that we call the fluff box.
Since I have been living and working in the ARI office house, I have sorted through a lot of supplies and realized that we have an enormous amount of stuffing/batting/fluff that is squishy and soft. The inspiration for this project came from another Hope Home workshop that involved a lot of different textures on plates, including fluff! We noticed that the children really liked to pull at it and hold it in their hands, so I decided I wanted to someday fill the mini ball pit at Hope Home with fluff and let the children explore the texture of... well laying inside of a teddy bear.
When we arrived we said hello to everyone and began to remove all of the balls from the pit (which really got some attention) and began to fill it with bags and bags of fluff.…