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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  • Flower Power at Wat Ku Kam 21 Sep 2017 | 4:03 am

    At Wat Ku Kam this week, the fourth graders were really empowered by paper flowers!

    ARI gave live demonstrations and used simple English speaking, supported by translated key English vocabulary on the white board, to run a workshop almost entirely in English. The students at Wat Ku Kam are used to us bringing an immersive English-learning experience at this point, as we often run English & Art Camps with the whole school, throughout the year. School-wide, the kids remember our team, and have become comfortable greeting us and having simple conversations in English. So for these students, they were quick to begin shouting "Teacher! I need a brad; scissors; help!" and eagerly let us know when they needed support :)

    So, after the explanation and demo, kids didn't seem too confused or hesitant--and got to work! They were shown how to fold their paper into quarters (to create multiple cut-out flowers at once), trace the provided flower stencils, cut along the stenciled lines, gingerly poke a hole through each flower, and fasten the layers together with a brad (paper fastener). Then, students could fold and ruffle the petals of their flowers to make them look more realistic, which the students excelled in--each finding their own approach and style.