Montana’s MAPS (Media Arts in the Public Schools) program continues as one of top after school programs in the US

The unique MAPS Media Arts Program in Hamilton continues to win awards. But more importantly it’s a place where students are learning how to navigate through the world of digital media and the arts, and finding their creative voice.


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Since it’s beginnings with founder Peter Roston in 2005, MAPS has grown into a robust program where students from throughout Bitterroot, and even as far away as Missoula, are delving deeply in everything from music, to film, to digital arts and design.

"In 2014 and again in 2016 we were nominated as one of the Top 50 after school programs in the whole country," said MAPS President and Program Director Clare Ann Harff. "The only one from Montana on that list and the only rural program on that list."

The program continues to find a unique balance between the classroom, and actually running as a business with "MAPS Works", with more paying projects on the calendar for 2017. And for students from 8th through 12th grade those are important lessons.

By Dennis Bragg

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