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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  • Fabric Bags at Urban Light 16 Jan 2017 | 5:23 am

    Towards the end of our Design Education with the guys at Urban Light (The Design Project), we focused on handling fabric. We wanted the guys to fold, cut, glue, sew, and manipulate fabric more, before going into the professional screen printing process. The screen printing phase of The Design Project was the ultimate step in making the project a success--the lines had to be clear, the pigment had to be clean, and more. So we aimed for the guys to get some practice stamping and cutting fabric, especially, before moving onto the expensive materials.

    Everyone followed a rounded, rectangular cardboard template for the shape of their pouch. They cut two pieces of fabric to match this shape, then glued them together at the seams. This created the pouch, which they turned inside out and inserted a cardboard support to the inside. 

    Everyone attached a strap as well, and everyone actually finished and had a product by the end of the two hours! This product design aimed to show the guys how quickly you can make something simple, while showing clear ways to improve the product for the next time. We…