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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  • Beginning our Zines at Thai Freedom House 26 Sep 2016 | 3:45 am

    On September 19th, 2016 ARI began a new term unit with the wonderful students at Thai Freedom House (TFH). Our unit plan this term is to create 2 zines, and an original, advanced coloring book! These are 2 goals TFH has had for a while, and we are very happy to help actualize these project goals.

    To begin a zine, we need to know how to bind our publication! So, we brought 4 easy to intermediate bookbinding techniques to the students. Everyone caught on with the techniques and started to see the benefits of knowing the techniques--to make personal sketchbooks, to have a place to keep your dreams and ideas, to know how to make a book product in the future (we have big sales project ideas coming up with these techniques!)

    Here are some process and product shots of our personal sketchbooks! Today, we return to TFH to work on the next aspect of our zine--personal and community generated content! We look forward to photo shoots and learning more about the fabulous students.