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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  • Macrame Goodbyes at BEAM 25 Apr 2017 | 6:24 am

    This week we had a lovely time with BEAM. In the previous workshop, they asked for something crafty because they wanted to make goodbye gifts for each other, as it's the end of their studies together and most of them will be returning to Mae Sot. So, we came up with the idea to produce some bracelets or gifts to share made out of macrame, because we thought it's a nice technique to learn and easily apply to gifts.

    We first watched a video, so everyone could see how macrame works, and we brought samples of a bunch of different patterns to try. Once students chose a pattern they liked, they really stuck to them and were determined to make something nice.

    After a while we ALL got really into it! One of the guys who really struggled in the beginning self-taught ,and created a really beautiful product. It can be hard to get into the rhythm of the techniques, but in the end everyone got it and created a beautiful bracelet or keychain.

    It was wonderful to sit together with all these nice students, who really became our friends in the last  few weeks, and create something crafty while enjoying some music. This was a zen activity, which is definitely in line with ARI's mission to help our participants have…