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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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  • A Beary Cool Ending 25 May 2017 | 7:25 am

    It's here, the last workshop I'm leading with ARI. I can't believe--it's already been 3 months! Anyway, what better way to end my journey than to create one last texture rubbing animal to add to our wonderful series?

    We had to wait a little while for participants to arrive before we began the workshop. So we put on some music (21 pilots!) and started doodling. It set a cool and chill atmosphere, which I loved.

    Once everyone arrived, we kicked things off by explaining the objectives of the workshop and doing a little demonstration. Everyone seemed really curious and paid close attention as we spoke.

    Then, as usual, we started by filling some shapes with texture rubbings. This group was a little smaller than in our past texture rubbing workshops, so each person drew at least three shapes to fill. Everyone was really focused and worked quietly together. And of course we put 21 Pilots back on to add some cool vibes.

    Once done with the textures, we drew some patterns and doodles on the rubbings.