Grant is working on a 40×50 canvas (his second largest piece). He has decided to create a garden with butterflies, frogs, dragonflies, humming birds, lady bugs and more. As always, we can’t wait to see the final results … it’s one-of-a-kind.
Come see Grant demonstrate his amazing techniques. Take pictures with Grant. Julie and Grant will sign their new book, Grant the Jigsaw Giraffe ~ Different is MORE.
Saturday, April 28th, from 9am – 1pm, our good friends Grant and Julie Maniér will be at the Houston Zoo with their new children’s book, “Grant the Jigsaw Giraffe – Different is More.” This event is being hosted by the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Program and the Houston Zoo. Come early, meet the writer and illustrator, and receive a complimentary paperback version of Grant and Julie’s book, while supplies last.
In the story-line, Grant the giraffe is the newest baby to be born at the city zoo. Grant appears to be a regular giraffe until the other animals notice that there is something different about the way he looks. His spots aren’t spots at all—they are shaped like jigsaw puzzle pieces! As Grant grows up and spends time with the other animals, they learn that he is different in many other ways. Follow Grant’s journey as he sets off to discover his special talent and not let his differences stand in the way of his big dreams. Get ready to be amazed by this young giraffe and discover what different minds CAN do. The story is based on Grant Maniér’s real life circumstances living with special differences. Both followed their dreams, despite their challenges.
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. The Nations Law Firm is proud to sponsor this amazing young man as he continues to spread his message of acceptance, hope, and eco-responsibility.
The year is 1984 and a Houston Police Officer was tasked with arresting a man for shoplifting. The officer soon discovered that sadly the man was stealing clothing for his children’s Christmas. The officers involved were so moved by the suspect’s heartfelt story that they asked for donations from the other officers to purchase toys for the children’s Christmas.
The response was overwhelming and the officers donated so much money that the officers were able to purchase toys, not only for the man’s children, but also for an additional dozen disadvantaged children.
Since 1984 the heart of the Blue Santa has grown to over 1500 Houston Police Officers donating bi-weekly to this program. The sponsoring officers are responsible for wrapping and delivering the toys to the families that the officers have identified.
Along with community partners and the officers’ donations, the Blue Santa program currently provides toys to approximately 10,000 economically disadvantaged children every year.
Our IT Administrator, Andrea Schmauss, is very active in volunteering with law enforcement and the community. When she heard that the Blue Santa was attending a party for children and was unescorted as all his elves were busy making toys in the North Pole, she had the idea to don her Christmas Blue and see if she could audition to be one of Santa’s helpers. As you can see, Santa hired her on the spot. We hope she returns from the North Pole very soon. Police Navidad!!!!
Our friend Grant Maniér temporarily lost his art livelihood after hurricane Harvey. Although Grant suffered his own loss, he got to work and rolled up his sleeves, giving back to the city that established his art and name.
Joey Young is a wonderful young man I’ve had the pleasure of working with on my team at The Nations Law Firm. I can’t recall a single day he has had anything other than a smile. He’s had such a positive influence on the people around him and I’m proud to share his story.
Joey has cerebral palsy and he’s a personal trainer. He is signed up to compete in the Men’s National Physique Competition this July. Let’s be clear: This is not a competition that accommodates disabilities and he is standing among the best. I’m blown away by his dedication. If you have a moment, check him out and help us get him to this competition!
The Nations Law Firm is proud to announce that our friend Grant Maniér is releasing his first book! It is titled Grant the Jigsaw Giraffe ~ Different is MORE! This is more than just a book. It is the beginning of something big. Something that will make a huge difference in the lives of people who feel like they don’t quite fit in. The story centers around a baby giraffe named Grant, who is born different, but follows his passion despite his challenges.
We have sponsored and supported Grant for several years now. We are honored to be a part of Grant’s amazing journey as he blazes a trail in Eco-Art, and makes the world a better place for us all. Learn more about Grant’s artwork and services at www.GrantsEcoArt.com and find out about the exciting new children’s book at www.jigsawgrant.com.