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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  • Give and Take and Goodbyes 11 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm

    A lot of people think about volunteering as an altruistic way of helping other people.  As selflessly giving back to others.  While I do feel I have made a positive impact on the lives of others while at ARI, I have been absolutely humbled by what I have received in return.

    I got to see these smiles.

    I got to be a part of these friendships.

    I got to see the creation of this art.