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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  • Mad Science with the Young Lions by Laura Frank 29 May 2015 | 1:53 am

         Last week I had my first experience leading a young Lions workshop. The workshop I planned for the Young Lions was called Mad Science. I hold this workshop close to my heart, because as a preschool and elementary school student I participated in an after school program called Mad Science. This program was one of my favorite things to participate in as a kid. It showed me how to take normal house hold items and turn them into crazy inexpensive fun.

     I had two young Lions come to the workshop, and they participated and had a great time throughout the entire workshop. This made me feel as though I had passed along the Mad Science fun to the next generation. During the workshop I had the Young Lions mix their own ingredients to make homemade Flubber. I loved seeing their reactions as they watched the substances before them completely transform.

     After everything was created we all played with the different substances.  It was so amazing…