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Heart of Autism: An Eco-Artist Inspires the Autism Community

"My name is Grant Manier, I am an author, artist and special needs advocate. I have autism and I consider my autism a gift…I have become a voice for those you cannot hear and I lead by example for those you cannot understand.  I am doing my part to teach environmental responsibility and raising the awareness of special needs talents through my gift as an Eco-Impressionist.”

The below information was provided by Grant's mom, Julie.

Because of his autism, Grant Manier, a young and talented artist, developed an obsessive repetitive behavior for tearing paper at a very young age; by his early teens he began recycling and collecting paper. Grant created his eco-art as a form of therapy for his autism.

Having autism has not stopped Grant, it has only lifted him and has inspired others to believe in themselves, even if their behavior seems “out-of-sync” to others.

Today’s world is evolving into an Eco-friendly environment and Grant has incorporated conservationism into his work. "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle" is the foundation for Grant’s art. Grant creates works of art using magazines, calendars, wallpaper, posters, food wrappers, puzzles and more. Each work of art contains thousands of cut or torn pieces of recycled paper. Using cool colors, cool shapes, cool textures, Grant calls his masterpieces “COOLAGES”.

Grant is emerging as one of the most intriguing and captivating young artists today.

Grant has also been very generous with the proceeds of selling his beautiful art. For example, Grant recently donated $2,000 to Tee Time for Autism, an organization dedicated to directly meeting the varied needs of individuals affected by autism. Grant is dedicated to raising awareness about autism and special needs and teaching people that autism is a gift. He really hope people with autism see him as an inspiration to believe in themselves and follow their dreams!

Grant has become an award winning Eco-Artist, leading the way for Eco-Art awareness by bringing visual eco-art exhibits and demonstrations into schools and organizations, receiving awards and recognition for his outstanding educational outreach to children and adults.

Here are just a few of the awards and recognitions Grant has received for both his painting and his advocacy for special needs, especially autism:

  • Houston Mayor's Disabilities Youth Advocate and Volunteer of the Year 2011-2012
  • Austin's Rodeo Eco-Art Grand Champion 2011 and 2012
  • Houston’s Bayou City Art Festival, 2013 New Emerging Artist
  • High School Congressional Art Competition Winner for the 8th District of Texas
  • Waste Management Overall Student Eco-Art Winner, Houston, Texas 2013

Grant was even featured in an ABC News article and video Local teen turns compulsive habit into art, recognized as congressional contest winner. Check it out here!

To learn more about Grant and his beautiful art, visit his website or his Facebook page here!

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