The Puzzlebox Art Studio is a social enterprise created by Youth Connect. We are a mentorship program providing training and income generation for talented young adults in Mae Sot, Thailand, on the Thai-Burma border.
Our mission is to encourage community integration through art whilst helping our young artists get on the path to independent employment.
Professional Thai and Burmese artists are paired with apprentices to help build on their skills and create original artwork in a broad range of commercial outputs. Specifically, the Puzzlebox specialises in craft production to help young artists work in a medium that is more widely marketable.
With its trainee and junior staff scheme, the project also fills a much needed social role providing real work opportunities for promising young adults coming out of the border area’s migrant school system.
We follow a self-sustainable business model. The profits from our sales and workshops go directly to salaries for our junior staff, art supplies, and office maintenance.