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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  • Traveling the WHOLE World! 17 Sep 2014 | 10:37 pm

    Today at Wat Muen Ngen Kong School's after-school program, we did not travel to one special country. Instead we collaborated with the students to create something unique for them to contribute to our exhibition. For this we looked at the whole world and painted it in all colors we could imagine of. 

    When we talked to the students in previous workshops, it turns out that they are very interested in the environment and recycling, so we decided to include and encourage recycling as part of this workshop. For this we collected old lids over several weeks, which the students were painted with acrylic colors. That was a lot of fun! And a little bit messy as well. 

    The children created a lot of colorful, interesting worlds. Some of them were very detailed and one can discover a lot of well-known shapes of our continents. Others were more abstract and filled with a lot of colorful fantasy continents. It was interesting to see all of the different creative ways that the students fulfilled the task!

    After this we began to glue them all together to a big white board, to create a collage of our different…