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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  • Colorful Collages at Thai Freedom House! 21 Nov 2014 | 12:11 am

    Last Friday was the final class for Thai Freedom House's term 27 "Art Journaling Unit." We finished the unit by introducing a layering, mixed media technique that the students would collage with in their journals. This is a personal favorite technique of mine that I use often in my own artwork, so I was very excited to share it with the students and see what kind of work they created. 

    Each student received two pieces of watercolor paper, and over the workshop they would use four different mediums, layered on top of each one, to create "patterned paper" which they would ultimately cut up and use for their collages in their journal. The collage can be anything they want- abstract or representational.