Emerging as one of the most notable young artists of the new millennium, Grant Maniér (maun-yay), a young talented Eco-Artist combines his two worlds: autism and art. His obsession with paper became his form of art therapy. Grant is changing the perceptions of how to reduce, reuse, and recycle by creating extraordinary collages using thousands of pieces of recycled calendars, magazines, posters, puzzles and more. From an owl made from movie posters to dolphins crafted with applesauce lids, Grant is raising the awareness and beauty of recycling.
Today, Grant is an award-winning artist and advocate, capturing the attention of national media and being honored with awards multiple times for his Eco-impressionism as well as his outstanding contribution to the community. Grant brings his visual art exhibit and literacy program into schools and organizations, teaching the importance of environmental responsibility through his art and new children’s book series: Grant the Jigsaw Giraffe and friends.
Grant has been a good friend of Turtle Wing Foundation since 2014. The mission of Turtle Wing focuses on “helping children with learning challenges in rural areas achieve their full potential.” The Turtle Wing Toast is held annually to Remember, Rejoice and Renew! the previous year’s accomplishments. Grant was the keynote speaker in 2014 and will be returning to share his Journey into adulthood and being a full-time artist and motivational speaker. This year’s Toast is scheduled for January 28, 2021 and will be held upstairs at Sengelmann Hall in Schulenburg. All Turtle Wing families, supporters, donors, volunteers or those who want to learn more about the work of the foundation are invited to attend and no ticket is necessary. Doors will open at 6 PM and the program will start at 7 PM.
For more information contact Susie Shank at (979)505-5090. Turtle Wing has been providing Early Intervention, Supplemental Services and Community Education & Advocacy programming to children and families with academic, social-emotional, behavioral and/or developmental needs since 2012. Last year 379 children received direct services with thousands more benefiting indirectly through education and advocacy work. Anyone interested in learning more is encouraged to attend the Turtle Wing Toast, visit the Turtle Wing Facebook page @turtlewingfoundation, or the website www.turtlewingfoundation.org!