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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  • Smiles and stained glass windows at Baan Kingkaew Orphanage 6 Feb 2018 | 3:21 am

    My name is Katie and i am currently staying in Chiang Mai to volunteer at care for dogs. However, whilst here an opportunity arose allowing me to also spend some time at ARI.

    This morning we visited the Baan Kingkaew orphanage to spend time with children aged 3-5years old. Whilst there we had them participate in two activities. The first being a framed stained glass window that the children were able to keep.

    After explaining the activity, we started off by splitting the children into two large groups. We gave them a piece of contact paper each and a selection of pre cut pieces of tissue paper. They had the choice of five colours and an array of different shapes and sizes from standard shapes such as squares and triangles to clouds and butterflies. These tools allowed the children to really be creative and use their imagination, the results being fantastic!

    The main concept of the activity was to see how the children used their imagination with the tissue paper when making their windows, however when pointing out the different shapes i found they were more interested in learning the names of each shape and spotting them on eachothers artwork. Not only did this task allow them to be creative but it also gave them an opportunity to learn. I was amazed by these…