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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  • Hey from Hallie 29 Sep 2015 | 2:53 am

    Hi! My name is Hallie and I’m helping at Cultural Canvas Thailand for the next six weeks. I’m American, but am coming to Thailand via EIL (Experiment in Intercultural Learning) in Ireland, where I recently completed a Masters of Arts in Creative Process. This Masters and my background include arts-based education research, through which I artistically study areas of art education, art therapy, and artivism. Predominantly an artist, I plan to bring my creative set of knowledge and skills to the workshops I will help run with Art Relief International (ARI).

    Seemingly, like most at ARI, I consider the experience of art making a critical tool in the enlightenment of that which cannot be best explained in words. In my multi-media artworks, I work through paint, bringing my works through mediums of video, installation, printmaking, and textiles. I use these as means for visual translation of my many ideas.  Like working with people, I believe to create positive change in any society each other’s experiences need to be understood, sometimes requiring different ways of expressing ourselves: I trust that art can help makers comprehend empathy. Coming into this volunteer experience in Thailand, I have been looking forward to witnessing how the visual language can elucidate moral topics without a common verbal language. Understanding each other’s experiences is very important to me, and at the root of why I live so inquisitively.

    I hope to learn a lot in the next six weeks, which I do not doubt I…