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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  • Making Ice Cream Sundaes 22 Jul 2016 | 5:50 am

    Example sundae I created prior to the workshop
    On Wednesday, June 29th, the students at Wat Sri Supan learned how to make mouth-watering ice cream sundaes out of felt fabric by using needle and thread. Unfortunately, these sundaes aren't edible, but these decadent scoops of ice cream will last forever!

    Each student received a few square pieces of felt fabric and a threaded needle. I then divided the class of 20 students into four groups of five people so they could cooperate and help each other out when figuring out how to do it. They each trimmed their fabric squares into circles, sewed the edges, and tightened it to make a little pouch. They then filled it with stuffing, tied the remaining thread two times and had volunteers hot glue them into their bowl. After that was completed, they were free to decorate their scoops of ice cream as much as they liked! I was surprised at how creative some of them were!

    The goal of this project was to introduce these kids to a new artistic medium, sewing! A lot of people associate sewing with just repairing something, but I wanted them to see that you can create cool things as well. Some of them never sewed before, so they had the awesome opportunity to learn a bit of a new skill!