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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  • Dot EXPLOSIONS! 20 Jul 2017 | 7:31 am

    Today  me, my fellow volunteers, and the children of Wat Meun Ngen Kong school had fun creating  dot EXPLOSIONS! This was an incredibly simple, but FUN process. We did this by colouring around black dots on a page in various different colors and patterns, until the page was entirely filled.

    Upon arriving at the school, it was very clear that it was high spirits and smiles among all the children--and that they were most definitely ready to participate. We started by each introducing ourselves, and then Nora and I showed them the new English vocab to include in our process, such as 'colour' and 'explosion'.

    As soon as the pages were handed out there, was no stopping these creative kids! Each student took a unique approach and the result could definitely be described as an explosion of colour. Even our own volunteers seemed to get into the activity and began colouring right along side the students! Fun was most certainly not lacking during this workshop and a tickle fight even broke out between our own volunteer Danielle and some of the girls!

    I would definitely say this activity was a success and enjoyed by every participant! Who knew colouring could be so much fun!

    We can't wait to go back to Wat Meun Ngen…