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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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  • JellyFish Bowls at Wat Muen Ngen Kong 24 Aug 2016 | 9:00 pm

    On July 7th, 2016, we went to Wat Muen Ngen Kong to make jellyfish out of paper bowls and thick pieces of yarn!

    The paper bowl was pre-cut with an x-acto knife on the bottom so that the kids wouldn't have a difficult time inserting the yarn into them. Once they inserted the yarn through the bottom of the bowl (from the outter part), they knotted it a few times so that when they pull on the string to move their jellyfish, it wouldn't fall apart!

    After completing this very important step, they were left to decorate their jellyfish as much as they'd like with all the materials that were provided. We had markers, colored pencils, felt fabric scraps, and cut pieces of tissue paper for the kids to glue into their bowl and act as jellyfish tentacles~!

    It was interesting watching the kids get into their work, it seemed like a lot of them were in awe after seeing my example of what the completed jellyfish looked like. They were very eager to glue down any scraps of tissue paper and felt pieces because they absolutely loved how they would glide around in the air when you'd toss the bowl around using the string.

    Some of the…