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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  • Get Excited for ARI's Exhibition! 17 Oct 2014 | 3:51 am

    Art Relief International’s Exhibition, “Imagine Your World” opens in ONE WEEK! What to expect? Here is the lowdown:

    The opening starts at 7pm at the CMU Arts Centre on Nimman Rd in Chiang Mai. Our gallery space is upstairs in the main building. Take a stroll through the exhibition, viewing the artwork made in collaboration with our partner organizations. Get there early to enjoy free food sponsored by Chiang Mai Bread & MaiPhai, cakes donated by Bay’s Café, and more sweets from Rasta Mama Bakery- enjoy them while they last! Guests can also purchase ARI’s Signature Cocktail, wave to our viewers around the world watching on our live stream, watch a dance performance by the Thai Freedom House Traditional Shan Dance Troupe, listen to live music provided by North Gate Jazz Band, read postcards sent in from organizations and individuals around the world in the World Postcard Installation, and MEET our artists!

    The story behind the artwork:
    Imagine Your World will be featuring the artwork of ARI’s partner organizations in Chiang Mai, Thailand. These participants are part of various marginalized or stigmatized groups such as Burmese refugees and migrants, children and adults with disabilities, single mothers, Hill tribe children, incarcerated teens and mothers, among others. Art Relief International believes that all individuals have a human right to use creativity to express themselves. Join us to support these individuals as they bravely share their struggles and stories through art. Hear their voices as they…