Grant Eligibility: Eligible to apply for AIC
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 and in 2018 received an Honourary Citizen of Victoria Award. Frances has also hosted, written and produced of a series of television programs focusing on 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.
School Year: 22-23
Through music, dance, song and stunning visuals, I was given the opportunity to artfully express the importance of protecting, preserving and planting urban trees in this 7-minute production. This unique collaboration involved members of the Victoria Symphony, the Victoria Philharmonic Choir, the Emily Carr String Quartet and Ballet Victoria. Produced for Creatively United for the Planet, a non-profit society dedicated to showcasing creative climate solutions, I conceived, scripted and created the Trees Matter narrative and visuals from the point of view of a sage elder who shares his knowledge with three delightful youth. Using this video as a resource, I welcome the opportunity to provide a creative learning experience that is multi-disciplinary for children of all ages to engage and learn more about the many benefits of protecting and preserving trees and biodiversity. All my programs are custom created in collaboration to ensure desired learning outcomes are achieved. Further to this, as the Outreach and Communications Coordinator for CreativelyUnited.org, it's my hope to introduce and involve students with the greater community and help them see that their contributions matter and are welcome on CreativelyUnited.org's free community solutions and sharing hub.
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