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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Hands All In at School for Life
On Monday we went to School for Life, which is situated in a beautiful forest, a bit outside from Chiang Mai City.The children started by drawing the shapes of their hands and cutting them out. Then everyone got a different question, which they had to answer. The questions were like "Who is your idol?", "What is your favorite activity to do when it is raining outside?" or "If you had a super power, which one would it be?".
The task was not to write the answer, but to draw or paint it onto their hands.
It got really quiet and the students started to think about their questions and created beautiful and interesting hands!
This boy had the question "What do you like about Thailand?"
In the end we stuck all the hands together to get a big flower!
Thank you for that successful workshop, it was really nice to see how the children responded to these questions.. And even if we were only 2 volunteers yesterday (plus Sarah and Pepo for sure) everything went out pretty well!