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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Baan Nokkamin's Broken Perfections
Last Monday Cultural Canvas Thailand partnered up with the Jump Foundation and CMRCA, groups that we collaborate with and travelled to Baan Nokkamin, the house of the hummingbird. CMRCA had a group of International Students visiting from Singapore and one of the things in their planner for their stay in Thailand was to see how a NGO operates.
Baan Nokkamin Foundation is a house for girls who are orphans, street/homeless kids.
The crew from Art Relief International had designed a fun interactive workshop that allowed the girls at Baan Nokkamin and the Singapore Students to communicate and work together.
We were going to be creating a image by assembling smashed up tiles, ceramics and stones. This is also knows as mosaics!
We arrived at the beautiful home with the lush green gardens, cute puppies and super sweet girls in a very heavy van. Packed with concrete blocks to mosaic on and many colourful tiles.
We started the workshop of by introducing ourselves and saying where we were from. A very international bunch we were, after this the Singapore students paired up a Baan Nokkamin girl and with sign language, patience and broken English/thai the groups of two were able to come to a decision on what image they wanted to create with their tiles and stones.
They got into it straight away, gluing the tiles onto…