Discipline: Film / Video, Interdisciplinary, Storytelling, Visual Arts, Writing
Frances Litman graduated from the Western Academy of Photography in 1990 with top honours, worked for news and magazine media as a writer/editor and photographer (1979-1994), built a thriving photography business (1990-present) and is accredited as a Master of Photographic Arts, photographic adjudicator and international speaker. Frances teaches photography privately, plus at the invitation of art colleges, private and public schools; she also leads international photo tours with a variety of travel companies. Her private work is regularly accepted into adjudicated art shows. In 2012, Frances created an annual community arts and sustainability festival (creativelyunited.org) that is now in its sixth year with thousands of people attending annually and is also the founder of thisisleadership.org, a showcase of community champions, and produces a TV show in partnership with Shaw. She is also a 2017 Community Leadership Award winner.
Frances is well-known in our community as one of the leading photographers on Vancouver Island and has been for the past two decades. Her dedication to her craft and the community in which she resides has been worthy of the many photography and community leadership awards she has won over the years. Frances Litman's passion, dedication and commitment has resulted in us embracing the opportunity to work collaboratively with Frances and her EarthFocus and Creatively United for the Planet vision. Maryanne Trofimuk, Principal, Rockheights Middle School
I am writing to express my deep and abiding gratitude for my 16-year-old daughter's privileged exposure and involvement with Frances Litman and the Creatively United for the Planet Festival. She gave my daughter and other youth a platform and road map how to navigate a balanced and sustainable future and an opportunity to develop and showcase their artistic abilities and inspire other youth in the process. Kelly Gerhart
Taking a multidisciplinary approach and using core curriculum, Frances ignites the imagination of students that starts with an understanding of brain function and learning styles and moves to a big picture understanding of why compassion, courtesy and respect for all living kind can be a unifying force for health and happiness. With an appreciation for each individual's unique way of processing information, Frances encourages empathy and understanding, resulting in less bullying and greater cooperation from all. Using core curriculum, students learn valuable lessons that embrace both art and science in creative ways that enhance their comprehension of a variety of subject matter centered around interconnectedness of all things.
Through photography, writing, the arts and multidisciplinary approaches, Frances helps schools create projects worthy of public attention. Getting children and youth engaged in public projects that ignite a sense of community within a school is one way she shares her time, energy and experience as an established photographer, artist and community leader . Using a team approach with students and teachers, Frances helps develop and showcase leadership opportunities that benefit the community as a whole with public exhibition possibilities.
Getting children and youth outdoors and back into nature in a fun, informative and engaging way is Frances Litman's mission. Participants will have a photo/arts-based outdoor education experience that allows them to experience and learn about the environment around them using cameras of any description. The exercises they will take part in and the images they create can form the basis of a multidisciplinary approach to learning more about the science, history and importance of a particular area that they can continue to explore with their instructors and classmates.