Founded in 2009 by Cultural Canvas Thailand, Art Relief International works to transform the lives of struggling social groups in Chiang Mai, by offering these communities the opportunity to express themselves through the arts. We believe in providing a voice for individuals by exploring various creative means, including visual, performance, and experimental arts.
Our mission is to promote expression and cultivate the creativity that lies inside each individual. We use art to create an atmosphere of inclusion and belonging where often there is none. From Burmese refugees who have been forced to relocate under harsh living and working conditions to children with cerebral palsy who have been severely neglected throughout their lives, the past stories of our program’s participants are often quite grim. Through Art Relief International, such individuals are given a medium through which their voices can finally be heard.