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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  • Our First Time at Hope Home 23 Feb 2017 | 10:46 pm

    As new volunteers with ARI on February 22nd, this was our first art workshop. Although we were overwhelmed at first and did not know what to expect, the people at Hope Home were very welcoming and pleasant to work with. This workshop was meant to explore clay in different ways. Our goal of the workshop was to encourage the kids to use their fine motor skills.

    First we started with a jam to get everyone excited for the workshop with some music. Once we broke out the art materials, the children were eager to get their hands into the clay and experiment with it. Some kids worked on spreading the material around with their hands and feet, while others just enjoyed the new feeling of the clay on their skin. We also worked with hiding random objects like shells, marbles, and rings in the clay to further explore the sense of touch and to let them create something individual on each of their boards.

    Little Guy thought about how to organize the objects around in his clay and arrange them in relation to each other. He was very concentrated and focused on his process while working with the objects.

    Phrao rolled a long worm with her clay and stuck it on her board to create a maze. Then she rolled a…