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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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  • Messy Melting Fun at Juvenile Detention Center 22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am

      Hello all!

    After a two month break it was time again for Juvenile Detention Centre. JDC houses boys (10 -17 years old) all awaiting their sentencing for various crimes. The facility gives the boys the opportunity to participate in different classes including art, music, and sports as well as the chance to practice their religion.Today was my last time at JDC, but I was happy that I got the chance to lead the workshop!

    After we played ChilliChilli (a warmup game) with them, which they seem to really enjoy, I explained the concept of my workshop:

    I wanted to teach them the technique of melting crayons. To do this you just need a hair dryer to melt the crayons which are glued on to a piece of paper. When the crayons melt and flow down the paper, a form is created which looks like a little growing plant. So my idea was to see these forms as plants for the future! After the crayons dried the idea was to get the participants to think about what goals and dreams they have for the future and then draw it around the little plants.
    Everything went a little different, but we got great outcomes and the boys enjoyed it anyway.

    We had a big box…