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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  • Music and Life Skills at Urban Light 4 Dec 2017 | 7:39 am

    In today's workshop at Urban Light, we focused on finishing the guitar made of recycled materials that we started last week. This activity was slightly more challenging, as they had to come up with an additional structure so that the guitar makes a noise. It was completely new to us too, but it was a great opportunity for the boys to work together--and they did! Every one of them proposed a solution, some using wire, others using rubber bands, others combining both in ways we hadn't thought of before. But at the end they merged all those different ideas into one solution which worked perfectly!

    When this was done we had time to decorate the guitar and this was my favorite part. As opposed to the first activity, now everyone joined and they all wanted to be a part of the final product. What I loved about it was that they personalized it- some wrote their favorite band, others wrote their name, others made drawings on it. The guitar looks so colorful and beautiful and we are really proud of it.  I look forward to using it in my personal project!