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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  • Batik Postcards at Baan Tong Gai 12 Dec 2017 | 8:03 am

    In today's workshop at Baan Tong Gai School for local, disadvantaged youths, we created postcards with the students using the batik method, where they carved into styrofoam an image using pencils.  They then covered these inscriptions in poster paint and printed the images onto cards in order to create a mirror image of what they had drawn.  We asked them to think of a loved one, whether it be a friend, family member, or even teacher (as some of them had chosen), and to create this card to be given to them.  Some of them drew portraits of this person, flowers in a pattern they thought this person would like, or and even wrote messages such as "I love you, Mom".

    Overall, the kids had a lot of fun!  There were a lot of "wows" when they finally were able to print the images.  They all had put a lot of thought into what they were creating and kept in mind the theme that they were given.  We hope that they left the class excited about what they had made and were happy to give the pieces to the person that they had thought of!