Frances Litman has worked for news and magazine media as a writer/editor and photographer (1979-1994), built a thriving multi-media 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, which 10,000 people have attended to date, plus voluntarily manages www.creativelyunited.org, a non-profit community solutions network. In 2017, she was the recipient of a Community Leadership Award. Frances is also the host, writer and producer of a series of television programs focusing on various aspects of community innovation and sustainability. She was also a 2015 federal Green Party candidate. As an Artist in the Classroom, Frances is available to share her wealth of experience and contagious enthusiasm for creative and meaningful inquiry with students of all ages.
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
Working with Frances was energizing and fulfilling! She is amazingly keen to work with the kids and very open to collaboration and taking on projects big and small. We were able to create a shared vision for our time together and Frances was able to bring in all sorts of artistic elements I would never have dreamed off and that my grade nines and tens had a lot of fun with. Frances was genuine and engaging and the students really responded well working with her, inspiring them to reconsider how we interact with each other and our world. Brad Cunningham , Humanities Teacher, École secondaire Reynolds Secondary School
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.
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.
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.