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Art Relief International (ARI) began as a project of Cultural Canvas Thailand that focused on art and creativity to connect with tribal groups, Burmese refugees, single mothers in need and members of the gay and transgender communities. Now, nearly five years later, ARI has established itself in the Chiang Mai community. The participant base has grown as well, now expanding to provide artistic opportunities to orphaned children as well as children with disabilities.


The founders, Sara Latshaw (USA) and Zoe Lambe (Ireland), believe in the power of art to shape and impact individuals and communities regardless of living conditions. The goals for ARI are to give people, who may otherwise be devoid of the opportunity, a space and means to express themselves artistically and creatively. While those in need are the driving force for ARI, the program has been developed and run mainly by volunteers who are vital to the organization’s continuation.


To learn more about ARI’s past and present projects, please visit:

ARI Volunteer Blog

Uncaged: The Art of Ability

Traveling Quilt of Dreams