Francis Heng has been actively participating in various CACV initiatives since 2011 and is a passionate advocate for Community Arts and Social Change. In 2012, Francis became co-chair of our Community Arts Activities Committee and coordinator of Community Arts Dialogues.
Francis is a professional visual and performance artist as well as an arts-based facilitator. He currently works in a variety of printmaking mediums such as woodblock prints, linocuts and sintra carvings. Off the paper, Francis engages in the practise of Performance Art that speaks about current social issues that he is interested in. One of his previous work focused on the issue of immigration.
As a social activist, Francis is passionate about social change through dialogue and storytelling. He believes that the arts has the power to transcend language and cultural barriers, bringing people of different backgrounds and intentions together to form a bridge of understanding and acceptance. Francis does this through the practise of arts-based facilitation where he works with groups to explore opportunities for deeper dialogue through artistic means such as theatre, music, visual arts and storytelling. One of his latest projects is an 8-month long project where he and two other filmmakers are facilitating a group of seniors in North Vancouver to use Digital Storytelling techniques to share their stories to the world.