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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  • Wildflower Home on fire! 30 Nov 2015 | 12:25 am

    Well, it wasn't literally on fire, but the project for today was to make popsicle stick lanterns, and the women executed this assignment perfectly! Every other Monday we bring a new project idea and the supplies necessary to encourage the single mothers to explore their creativity. The results were amazing, but even more wonderful was how everybody was working together.

    Making the tetradecagon-shape that I had in mind was pretty complex and couldn't be done without some help from another pair of hands. Volunteers and inhabitants of Wild Flower Home were delighted to eventually team up and finish their beautiful creations. Next to a lot of construction-work, gluing, and thinking we gave them the option to personalize the lanterns with paint and glitter.

    Yes, you can start to be jealous now.

    Love, Inge

    'Happiness can be found, 
    even in the darkest of time, 
    if only one remembers to turn on the light''. 

    - Albus Dumbledore,