MAPS Media Institute

MAPS: What Stories Will You Tell?

aka MAPS Media Institute   |   Hamilton, MT   |  www.mapsmediainstitute.com

Mission

MAPS Media Institute is a Montana nonprofit which empowers, inspires, and prepares Montana’s future generations for success through professional media arts instruction, engaging community service, and compassionate mentoring.

Notes from the nonprofit

From DENNIS PARMAN, Deputy Superintendent, Montana's Office of Public Instruction: "MAPS has certainly become a model of an arts‐driven education program in Montana. It has taken a regional approach in a state with the challenges of spreading g limited resources to rural locales. MAPS also has s successfully developed a program that not only focuses on the media arts but is known for promoting leadership skills, self‐confidence, and strong peer relations among its students."

From CINDA HOLT, Montana Arts Council: "Since its inception in 2004, MAPS has become not only an exemplary organization, but what we consider a Gold Standard of arts-driven youth education programming in our state. Using relevant media tools, (writing, design, animation, video, music, et al), MAPS turns underserved students into capable media artists and communicators. The MAPS after-school program has a positive, measureable impact on Montana’s rural, often at-risk and/or economically disadvantaged middle, high school and home educated students."

From ENCORE.ORG/Purpose Prize: "After more than 35 years as a film and television writer, producer and director, Peter Rosten had had enough of Hollywood, and in 2002 he decamped for rural Darby, Montana. He soon noted a social need in his new community: a paucity of arts education. He saw budget shortages, economic disadvantage and an education environment that left the arts behind.

Inspired by the passion and creativity that had motivated his film career, Rosten asked the Corvallis School District if he could start an after-school digital media class. In 2004, with an old camera, a handful of low-tech computers, an empty classroom and $10,000 of his own money, Rosten launched MAPS: Media Arts in the Public Schools.

In 10 years, Rosten’s encore calling has developed into a state-of-the-art facility that offers free after-school courses in filmmaking to students in five Montana school districts. MAPS has grown from 25 to 150 middle and high school students, 20% of whom are home schooled.

The program promotes creativity, innovation and critical thinking while introducing students to career opportunities in digital media. Students have produced fee-based commercials, documentaries and short films for nonprofits, communities and companies around Montana and nationwide. “By combining our students’ arts education with the real world of business, MAPS provides an early window into the risks and rewards that awaits our pupils in the future,” Rosten says.

“Although I had years of experience as an entertainment entrepreneur, I faced a steep learning curve transferring show business skills to an educational environment,” he says of his encore career. Despite the challenges, he says, “we have made a difference.”

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Clare Ann Harff

Main address

515 Madison St

Hamilton, MT 59840 USA

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Formerly known as

MAPS: Media Arts in the Public Schools

EIN

20-1279915

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

Employment Training (J22)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

MAPS serves Title 1 school communities where over half the students qualify for free or reduced lunches. Many factors in low-income, rural communities mitigate against higher education as a realistic goal, yet 86% of MAPS students attend college, compared to the county rate of 35%. There are numerous instances of dramatic turnarounds in the life paths of some students because of their participation in MAPS programs. The MAPS accredited program has proven time and again that quality after-school programming is an effective and affordable way that low-income rural communities can help their youth reach their full potential. By giving students creative opportunities to develop 21st century skills, MAPS helps them break out of the cycle of poverty and puts them on the road to lifelong learning, as demonstrated by the numerous accomplishments of MAPS graduates over the past years.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

MAPS Media Lab

The Statewide Educational Outreach Program of MAPS Media Institute. Estab. in 2017

In 2017, with generous multi-year funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Greater Montana Foundation, the MAPS Media Lab (MML) program was launched to bring our nationally awarded program to more students across Montana. Students develop the skills necessary to plan and produce various media art projects through intensive media arts workshops as they collaborate with professional, compassionate teaching artists using state-of-the-art equipment.

The MML puts the power of media arts into the hands of youth around Montana and gives them the tools they need to find their voice and tell their own stories. Our programs – film, design, technology, and music – are provided to communities with little or no access to the media arts. We work with these communities to design programs that fit their unique needs, ranging from short intensive workshops to multiple week-long projects.

MAPS Media

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups

The MAPS Media Institute is a preeminent, nationally-recognized education program that integrates science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM) concepts within media arts subjects.
Our mission is to create an environment that motivates students through a hands-on computer science, media arts and digital technology curriculum that includes film, design, cyberskills and music.

For over ten years, we’ve delivered on our promise to inspire creativity, build confidence and develop capacity for our public and home-schooled 8th - 12th graders. MAPS graduates are ready to contribute and succeed in the 21st Century economy.

NOTE: Since its inception, MAPS courses have emphasized the development of high level thinking skills and the rigorous instruction prepares students for college and global work success. Student progress is monitored through the year to assess what a student knows; they are are going and implement a customized plan to assist them in achieving their goals.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

In this NEA-funded project students from Flathead Reservation & Lake County work with professional media artist instructors to create mediums defining topics of concern where they live, creating story concepts, drafting outlines, and writing scripts or full-length screenplays.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Indigenous peoples

MAPS – Lewis & Clark program is centrally located in Helena, Montana’s capital. Our media arts studio includes an Apple Lab, production room, recording studio and plenty of space for artists to collaborate and create. The Lewis & Clark program welcomes students from Helena and East Helena schools, private schools and the home school community.

Our program is completely free-of-charge, open to 8th – 12th grade students and welcomes all skill levels.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens
Indigenous peoples

MAPS – Ravalli County is where it all began! Located in the county seat of Hamilton, our Ravalli program welcomes students from 5 school districts, private schools and the home school community. The facility has state-of-the-art Apple and PC computer labs, recording and film production studios and our administrative offices.

Our program is completely free-of-charge, open to 8th – 12th grade students and welcomes all skill levels.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Indigenous peoples
Adolescents
Indigenous peoples
Adolescents
Indigenous peoples
Preteens

Where we work

Awards

Teacher of the Year (nominee) 2006

Disney Company

Grant Recipient 2013

ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES

Purpose Prize Fellowship 2013

Civic Venture

Grant Recipient 2007

Department of Education

Award of Excellence - Montana 2012

Governor's Citation

Artist-in-Residence 2004

Montana Arts Council

Montana Chapter - Certificate of Apperciation 2007

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

4 Student Emmy Nominations - NW Chapter 2013

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to help young people view their lives through a lens of possibility -- engaging with their communities as supportive citizens, while learning real-world experience and developing strong communication skills through media arts. MAPS prepares students for successful lives in the 21st century by integrating critically relevant topics intrinsic to communications and media arts professions. Our curriculum bridges filmmaking, graphic design, music production, computer science, entrepreneurship and community service. Students are mentored by professional teaching artists and acquire STEAM based skills that are applicable in multiple environments. Through hands-on instruction, students are introduced to the creative processes of imagination and inspiration and taught how to apply these skills for future success. The MAPS goal is to provide these opportunities to young people in rural and Reservation communities and to help them know success, however they choose to define it.

MAPS Media Institute integrates science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM) concepts within a media arts and service learning curriculum. Through direct instruction from professionals, teamwork with their peers, and service to the community, students learn self-confidence, leadership and empathy for others—creating a strong foundation for the success of all their future endeavors.

MAPS teachers are passionate and knowledgeable professionals, and they convey these artistic strengths to their students. MAPS instruction follows a master-apprentice approach that enables students to learn by doing. The course offerings – Filmmaking, Design, Music, Technology and Entrepreneur – provide students with current, cutting edge strategies, techniques and equipment for individual and team projects and professional assignments. MAPS students become knowledgeable about and conversant with the world of artistic film-making, and they learn practical applications of film-making skills.
Additionally, they are given opportunities to meet a range of professionals working in the field. MAPS teaching artists draw from their own experience as arts professionals from various disciplines, and top-notch visiting artists visit MAPS headquarters to work with students.

The MAPS Media Institute was established in 2004 by retired Hollywood film producer Peter Rosten, who received the Purpose Prize, given to people over 60 who are combining their passion and experience for social good. After his death in 2017, he was honored posthumously by MT Governor Steve Bullock as a Montana Ambassador. Five teaching artists serve students in four school districts year-round in the Bitterroot Valley, with tuition-free after-school and summer programs in design, film, music, technology and an entrepreneur class. In 2014 and again in 2016 MAPS was honored by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities as one of 50 outstanding programs nationwide recognized for excellent art education, and in 2017 MAPS made the Top Ten list of these programs. Additionally, MAPS students have earned national student awards for their work, as listed on our website. The MAPS Media Lab now brings MAPS teaching to students across Montana, focusing on rural and Reservation towns.

Financials

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MAPS Media Institute

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Dan Kimzey

Hamilton School District No. 3

Term: 2021 - 2024

Clare Ann Harff

MAPS Director

Connie Johnson

Stevensville School District Nurse

Arielee Rhodz

Gifted Specialist, Hamilton School District

Eric W. M. White

CAIA and Partner of Cogent Consulting,

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/21/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

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