KATHY ANDERSON, Owner/Operator
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."— Helen Keller
While working for the Board for International Broadcasting, I became aware of the concepts of Right Livelihood and Venture Philanthropy and began increasing my working knowledge of public service. My sister Karen (1960-2004), a vibrant visual artist, suggested we collaborate to create a small stationery business named Grace & Manners (G&M) where Karen’s illustrations would be used on merchandise, and we would build a brand with a social mission.
When I discovered UNESCO’s “Creative Cities” program, I recognized the opportunity to promote a pragmatic cultural public policy to champion STE(A)M education and build a community wealth/asset movement. Ultimately, we measure success in terms of our connection in the global experience helped by social and creative entrepreneurs to inspire and increase mutual benefit.
Our call-to-action is a call for personal engagement. As we build the Grace & Manners brand, we, also, want to develop a cultural public policy similar to the financial, social, and environmental initiatives used for social impact and organizing dynamic, more inclusive societies. The Grace & Manners builds strength with GRACE, inspiration with elegance, purpose with joy, and integrity (MANNERS) with kindness.