As the former principal of Corvallis High School, the original host of MAPS, I have witnessed the positive impact the MAPS program can have on students from every level of the educational spectrum. I can list numerous facts and figures in regards to the reduction in dropouts, increase in GPA, increase in credits attained, and the overall engagement of MAPS students, but in the end, one major impact of MAPS resonates the most - creativity. Educators can often times get wrapped up in levels of proficiency, standards, learning targets and demonstration of mastery. We hold up A-level products from students who graduated the year before and say, "This is an exemplar." Although sound practice, the beauty of MAPS is that the there really is no traditional A-level. Therefore, students are asked/challenged to be creative and imagine limitless possibilities while learning technical skills. A simple, but rare concept. I have followed the progress of MAPS since I left Corvallis High School and can think of only a few examples of such high-impact, high-skill, and high-creativity programs. Thank you to the Irwin and Florence Rosten Foundation for your incredible impact on the students of the Bitterroot Valley.
This organization is so beneficial to many young people. I have seen it send students on a career path that could otherwise been out of their reach. I wish this had been available when I was young. Not only is it a great program for the individual but also benefits the community as a whole.
What MAPS achieves at a level that I've rarely seen; is to connect kids with real-world mentors and solid, legitimate career experience in creative arts. It gives the kids a sense of what it's really like behind the curtain. They can learn about a field from the inside and more importantly, actually CREATE real art. It's learning at its finest... education that means something beyond the narrow metrics that govern our system. MAPS is an extraordinary organization.
I, Robert Chase- Program Director The Trail 103.3, a nearly 35 year broadcast veteran, remember how important hands on experience was to launching what would be a lifelong career. I began my experience, my Jr. year in high school., in Springfield, Illinois at the area vocational center. Those two years of prep on how to write, use professional gear, and understand real life broadcast situations, gave me a clear advantage when I entered the broadcast/entertainment market place. MAPS does that in Montana. MAPS is important.
My Name is Logan Triplett. I am a Cinematographer at the Helio Collective. I had the privilege of working with Montana Maps, and The Rosten Foundation a couple of years ago when i was asked to help them with a project they were working on. It was at this moment when i became familiar of what MAPS was. The students I worked with were very professional, and were wise beyond their years. When i asked many of them of what they thought of MAPS, most of them said the same thing: it inspired them. By the end of my experience, I was envious of the students for the amazing resource that they had. Not only is there no program like it within the state of Montana, but I venture to say that few programs do what MAPS does on a national level. I have had the privilege of seeing some of the MAPS kids grow over the last couple of year, while also being introduced to new ones: They continue to impress me. All in all, this is quite an amazing program that I would gladly tell anyone about.
My name is Monica Cambell and I am a parent of two teens
that have been in the MAPS program over the years. What a great after school program
this is and a great team of teachers. Although my kids may not work
In the industry at least they got to expierence what it would be like.
I highly recommend this program.
Although I have never had direct involvement with the MAPS Program, I have heard nothing but great things from students and adults alike. MAny of the projects that come out of this program are extremely high quality, and it is obvious that the students are receiving excellent education in their projects. Students make more than just projects though; they make friendships that last as they bond over the learning experience that MAPS provides them.
As a Board member of another nonprofit organization in Ravalli County, I notice the high quality of products and outcomes of the MAPS program. The students are encouraged to be creative AND smart business people. My hat is off to the students and staff of MAPS, to Peter Rosten for his vision and leadership, and to the Irwin and Florence Rosten Foundation. This is a GOOD outfit!
As an digital media expert and college instructor, MAPS is nothing short of inspirational. The opportunity that this organization provides for young people to explore their creative potential through video and digital arts is phenomenal. It is important that MAPS continue to provide these important services for youth who might not otherwise have this type of opportunity.
I'm a Montana native living a long way from home. I run the investigative unit at CNBC in NYC but every year I get to head back to Bozeman for Hatchfest where I've worked with high school and college journalism and film students for the past 9 years. Two years ago I met Peter Rosten when he brought a group of his MAPS kids to Hatch. These kids were so dedicated, so mature, and so talented. - I walked away truly inspired. They showed such tremendous promise and it's clear that MAPS is guiding them to a great great place.
I had the pleasure to see the MAPS project grow from its inception. Peter Roster started this idea at Corvallis High School where I had a front row seat to watch him develop it and guide it to where it is at today. The unique opportunity he provided to so many students filled a niche that was much needed in our community. The MAPS program gives countless high school students experience in the film industry in the remote mountains of Montana. Without MAPS, those students would never have had the opportunity to be exposed to a career that many have since pursued.
I own a product design company and was introduced to MAPS through the HATCH festival in Bozeman, Montana. I was influenced to pursue a career in design and engineering through a very similar program growing up in Fairbanks, Alaska. Seeing these youth embrace the latest in production techniques for web, sound, and film/video makes me so thankful for the Rostens and the MAPS media institute. You can be sure that not only are valuable skills being taught and learned, but--more importantly--the young people in the program realize they have talents and abilities that they never thought they possessed. Way to go MAPS!
It is a please seing kids come alive with creativity. The work these kids produce is amazing and the community and entire state has benefited from their work. If only there were more programs like MAPS.
I first developed my love of film in 2004. As immature as I felt at that age,there is one thing that has never left me from that year: how much MAPS helped me develop my skills, strategy and an ever growing love for the motion picture, and Media Arts in general. I then graduated from high school and managed to attend Montana State University, Bozeman to further pursue my love of film. My freshman year, I was granted the opportunity to teach Media Arts classes at the Bozeman Boys and Girls Club. It was there that I got to interact and share what knowledge I had of film and social media with the youth of Bozeman. It was there that I learned that MAPS and institutions like it have a vital role in informing our youth of the secrets and motives of media as well as film. In life, there are always going to be stories told, whether they are made up or true. However, by teaching young individuals to tell the difference and decipher for themselves what they think to be true and false is both a blessing a curse. A person should always be given the option to choose for themselves, which is what I was taught to do. What I loved about MAPS the most was the creative skyline- the opportunity to make a story into reality and to work together as a team to ultimately approach an entertaining and liberating product for all to enjoy. What I wish I had done differently when involved with MAPS was work harder to make it a more statewide and recognized facility, and perhaps try harder for more funding because it would have been worth it in the town of Bozeman and probably all of Montana. Having said that, I would like to share a more personal story that I don't think many can say they have had the honor of experiencing. I was 18 years old when I came to Bozeman and first started teaching classes. If teaching is a word I can use loosely, I will, simply because I myself was quite inexperienced on instructing others how to splice Final Cut Pro frames. In all of my mediocre, and stumbled through lessons, there was one person who seemed to have an affinity to film, just like myself. He was a great artist, loved to laugh, and overall enjoyed the sheer company of those who loved to make movies. However, he and the other kids did not share something in common- the rest of them did not have autism. He was one of the only kids who ever came on time, came every time, and put forth all of his effort EVERY TIME. He was dedicated, he was challenged, and he persevered because he was so passionate and so enamored with making films that even his own mental disability could not stop him. I share this story simply because I would like to see most of us in our normal mind even try to make our dreams come true, even if we think we can not. And with MAPS, I think it could be possible, and with MAPS, it is possible.
I first joined MAPS to tryout their website design class, because I wanted to have a career in web design. The class was engaging and fun, full of a variety of programs to use and get to know and the instructor of the class was witty and had a great sense of humor. After helping design the MAPS website I joined the film group. I learned more from that film class than I would have ever acquired reading a book. MAPS is wonderful institution that gives its students the tools and knowledge to Find Their Voice.
I had the pleasure of observing MAPS in action when it was in its early days in 2004. It was apparent even then that MAPS engaged students, and empowered them with a sense of ownership over what they were producing. Since that time, I have watched as MAPS has grown its reach and impact. MAPS continues its important work of empowering students with the sense that they can make a difference in the world through a productive pursuit of their interests and passions. I hope MAPS continues to flourish for years to come.
As an exchange student from Russia who was lucky to spend a year in Montana, I have to say that my experience wouldn't be complete without MAPS Media Institute. I couldn't be more grateful for all the amazing opportunities that opened to me there. I've learnt so much from the amazing classes. Made so many new friends. Had a great time working with them on projects such as our "Big Movie" that was later shown in the local movie theater! Even coming from a pretty big city I have to say that I have never come across anything that could be compared to MAPS. That's why I believe that MAPS Media Institute is the treasure of the Bitterroot Valley that lets teenagers get together, socialize, learn and have fun all at the same time!
My son was in this program for 3 years. This was an amazing experience for him. I was the school nurse at a local high school and was amazed at the difference this program made in some of the students I knew. Some of the shyest students really excelled in this program. MAPS "Find Your Voice", is a very appropriate statement for this organization. It also served as a great after school activity for our county high school students who weren't athletes. This was great for a small community that doesn't have many programs for that age group.
I remember way back when Peter Rosten came to our school with this crazy idea. He proposed having a class during the school day where kids could learn about all aspects of making movies.
It turned out to be a great idea and allowed kids another outlet for their creativity. Many have gone on after high school and pursued careers in the movie industry.
The MAPS program has made several PSAs for different groups in Montana and beyond. These public service announcements and involved the students in the planning, implementation and editing portions as active participants in the entire process. MAPS gives students skills, experience, and contacts to continue in this field of study. What a great hands-on experience for young adults to be involved with!
I was introduced to MAPs while attending a conference in Bozeman where I was speaking. The MAPs students participated in the conference, did filmed interviews of the participants and had a draft of their production ready for us to view in just four days. Their professionalism, skills and clear enthusiasm for the program was phenomenal. Peter and the rest of the MAPs staff have created an inclusive program that demands excellence from the students who are clearly thriving. I am happy to support MAPs and the Foundation -- there are so few programs that actually deliver a transformational experience for students as MAPs has done.
I am a huge fan of the MAPS program. Providing students with ways to connect and feel valued and important is the goal of many programs, and MAPS stands out in the field because of its uniquely creative approaches to teaching real-world media skills to youth. Montana is fortunate to have this program and its clear that the students involved truly love the program and appreciate all that they gain from MAPS.
The Irwin and Florence Rosten Foundation, which funds MAPS, is the creation of Peter Rosten. I am one of the few people who knew Irwin and Florence because they were the parents of my best pal growing up, that being Peter. For all those who are considering to contribute money and/or time in MAPS, rest assured that the person at the helm of the organization is very special. In addition to MAPS being a great idea, the people supporting this idea are top notch. I know Peter. I know what he has done in his life, I know what he did for me, I know his capabilities, and I am learning more and more about how he is contributing to the advancement of youngsters throughout the Bitterroot Valley who want to pursue the film production industry. MAPS is a breeding ground for expanding creativity in our youth. It’s all good!
I became involved with MAPS by volunteering as an adult in the film project they were partnering with the Forest Services Trapper Creek Job Corps. From there I spent the better part of two years volunteering in the web design and graphic design classes. The work that MAPS does in an after school setting with local youth is trend setting. While much of High School is dull busy work, Peter Rosten's program gets youth involved in real world projects, forcing them to collaborate, break down social barriers, and dig deep for their creative process, work ethic, and due diligence. As an adult I learned skills and fostered relationships with area youth that benefit all as we learn to bridge gaps between ages and backgrounds. MAPS continues to be be fluid in response to an ever changing dynamic world of design, able to change curriculum to meet the needs of local businesses and the demand for creative design and film projects. Peter hires top notch real world people who actually work and are successful in their discipline which lends a much more real world feel to the classes and environment as these pros are constantly needing to adapt and learn new skills as they appear in the various disciplines. In the end MAPS acts more like a mentor to area youth and they gain so much more from learning that way.
I became conscious of the MAPS program via teens my son was attending school with, so decided to look into it. I was amazed at the program, the quality, the experience they were giving to local teens in film - to develop and experience at such a high skill level within each of their technology programs. This is an awesome program that the Bitterroot is fortunate to have for our kids to express their passion in for the arts. The staff is over and above the mark without question! To produce the film, commercials and product that they do is quite amazing.
The Montana Arts Council, the state arts agency of Montana, funds the Irwin and Florence Rosten Foundation with great pride. They are doing tremendous work with children and giving students top-notch video production training. Their work not only teaches students about the process and hones and expands children's creative abilities, but their work is focused on quality high enough that much of their work actually see on the air! As the state agency that provides seed funding for this work, the organization goes through a rigorous review as to how it approaches the work, what the students are learning and the quality of the training they receive. The Rosten Foundation consistenty gets highest marks on all counts, and we are very proud to be associated with the product of their efforts.
I stumbled upon the MAPS crew by coincidence. In Bozeman to attend a conference at which I was speaking, I found their team set up in the living room of the guest house in which I was staying. The only thing that differentiated their process and dedication from seasoned professionals was their age. Later I again witnessed them hard at work, behind the scenes (they had been working on a brief documentary), and their enthusiasm was so apparent I drafted several of their member to help with a presentations of my own, which made my presentations that much more enjoyable for ME. I've nothing but good to say about the leadership I witnessed, as well as the dedication and spirit with which they embraced their efforts.
The Bitterroot Valley MAPS program is an outstanding program that gives youth an opportunity to pursue careers in the technological world. This programs allows youth, who are interested in pursuing technological careers, access to instructors and employees from the movie/TV industry. These instructors introduce the students to programs that are generally not found in local high schools. The expertise from these instructors, who share their skills and talents, is phenomenal and many of them are straight from Hollywood. MAPS students are learning real world skills by creating docudramas and PSA's. Many of these students would have dropped out of high school because they could not find their niche in a traditional high school. Some future Hollywood movie makers may come directly from the MAPS program.
I joined MAPS to fulfill a school credit initially. But it turned out to be so much more than just another class! I learned so many skills from my year in MAPS that have enabled me to do many amazing things in my life today! I learned hard work, determination, creative writing skills, and so much more. I will always value my time in the MAPS program and hope that my children can one day have the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful program. I love you friends in MAPS. We are just one big happy family!
Try this: When MAPS began in 2004, I honestly didn't think it would last. Our community is somewhat conservative and Peter Rosten came from that hated place, "California'. But here they are 10 years later and I've know a lot of the kids who went throuogh the program and came out of it as better people. You can't really ask for more from a school program, can you?
What started as one couple's vision to educate and facilitate career growth amongst our student population, has now grown to a full scale community effort of local, county and statewide participation. MAPS offers students the opportunity to learn and utilize real-world practicum for developing industry knowledge to move beyond High School in pursuit of college and professional careers. In a time when budget cuts and rising unemployment figures muddle the water for our graduating seniors, MAPS builds independence, creativity, business sense and confidence in our youth... all traits that will suit them well in their pursuit of productive and happy lives in the working world. By continuing to support MAPS, we are choosing to support and better future for all.
Helping children to get started in reaching their full potential and follow their dreams is such an important part of their lives. What the MAPS institute offers to these children that regular public schools are not able to is this. The program has very caring teachers and professionals in all aspects of the media arts. I only wish all children could benefit from such wonderful programs as MAPS!
My uncle started MAPS 10 years ago and I always look forward to hearing about what they have done. These kids do excellent work; I'm always impressed by the quality and professionalism of the videos they create! It's good to see them getting skills and experience in a creative field. I know if I were a Ravalli County high-school student, I would love to be in the program!
My son has enjoyed being involved in MAPS program. He has been enrolled in the music class and has learned a great deal. The equipment they use is very up to date and they have more than enough time to learn how to use them. The staff has been awesome and they seem to enjoy the program and working with the kids. We home school and were excited that this resource was available to us.
We love the MAPS program and feel fortunate that both our children were positively influenced there. It was an enriching experience beyond the classroom, where real world skills are learned and creativity is nurtured. How empowering for a teenager to find a place where their point of view is not just heard but valued. Thanks to all the great staff that encourages kids to find their voice. We wish you many more years of success!
Working with MAPS was an incredible experience for the Bitterroot Youth Home staff and residents. Not only were our experiences professional and timely but they were fun and exciting as well. MAPS provides an amazing experience to the community for both kids and adults. We greatly appreciate the support and creativity MAPS gives to our kids as well as staff! We all have learned so much from the experience.
I also want to say that the staff -- particularly Erin -- was so amazing with our kids. Her patience and kindness really added to our overall experience. That's not to say that Laura H., Christian, and the rest weren't great too! You all are amazing folks! Thank you to all of you truly. We had an amazing experience and greatly appreciate the service you give our community.
Thank you to all the staff at the MAPS program for their awesome energy and input into our kiddos! I have seen not only the general computer literacy of our two kids increase but also their focus on music and composition. Looking forward to see where these skills and friendships take the kids
We first found out about MAPS via a friend. My son was so excited he was not sure which program to choose. He is in the design class and loving it. The projects he shares with us are great. This program offers so many different skills that can he carry on throughout his life. Thank you to all the instructors and volunteers! He is already thinking of trying a different program next year.
Having now seen MAPS both from the inside (as an assistant instructor,) and the outside (as a client,) I have nothing but praise for the organization. The kids see, to enjoy being there, and they pick up skills that can help them in the difficult job market. The staff are all great to work with, and really passionate about getting the next generation interested in the various forms of media production.
As a client I have been very satisfied with the more 'business' side of the operation as well. The people at MAPS have made sure everyone involved has regular communication, client-side concerns are taken seriously and addressed appropriately, and most of all they really want the client to be satisfied with the finished product. Excellent service and business practices are being modeled for the kids in this program!
The MAPS program, along with it's mentors, has had a tremendously positive impact on both of our children's (ages 15 & 16) technical skills, motivation and self-esteem. Both of our children are very different in their learning styles and interests, yet it effectively serves all of their needs in different capacities. I've been so impressed with the mentor's abilities to recognize their needs and teach them accordingly, not bad considering how many children they're dealing with! It has opened up an entire new world to both of children and helped them realize possibilities that none of us knew existed. The mentors are also great at helping find resources beyond the program that pertain to our children's talents and interests. This is our first year with the program and we look forward to several more. We highly recommend other homeschool and traditionally schooled teens to check out this valuable program.
My interaction with this nonprofit organization is largely from a bystander point of view. I have never volunteered for the organization. I have never been a student member of the organization. Rather, I bore witness to the positive effects the MAPS program can have amongst involved students by talking to friends (who were members) while in high school. Based on their experiences and communications I can say with confidence that the MAPS program made an impact on their understanding of the video technology field which no doubt spurred their interest after high school concluded and into a collegiate setting where they pursued a corresponding degree in a similar field. They were offered the opportunity to engage with fellow students of similar interest while participating in fun and creative projects which often incorporated the community in some way. The MAPS program is a truly indispensable community asset.
This is my sons first year attending the MAPS program. He has learned valuable professional skills and life skills. As a parent I am impressed with the quality the program provides for teenagers. Thank you to the staff at maps.
I have worked with teenagers the majority of my adult life; as a Teen Center Director through the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, we had after-school programs but NOTHING as educational and inspirational as MAPS....I wish we'd had the resources and knowledge then, that Peter Rosten has opened up for these students.
I retired from the Missoula County Juvenile Detention Facility; I know in my heart that if some of those troubled and at-risk youth had had the opportunity afforded them through the MAPS program, they would have been busy making documentaries and bonding with like-minded youth, instead of roaming the streets, getting into trouble and ending up in the Justice System.
For the good of our children, for the good of our future, I hope this program does nothing but EXPAND!
I was personally blessed to be one of the first in the maps program, taking part in some commercials, a movie and of course the wonderboy music video (=. The way this program opens the minds and doors for youngins is truly amazing. Peter Rosten you are the man, keep it up boss man.
I volunteered for MAPS from September to the end of January and was incredibly impressed with everything. I really wish there was a similar program when I was in high school and, given the chance, I would be more than happy to volunteer at MAPS again in the future. It is a great environment for the students and the staff is very knowledgeable.
MAPS gives young people a "voice". It provides a wonderful way for young people to channel their energy, talents and creativity. So many young people have so much to offer but nobody to direct them or to help them bring their ideas to fruition. MAPS also instills a sense of purpose and self confidence during these very important years. Hats off to MAPS!
I've been a MAPS student for about 3 years now and i gotta say that i LOVE it. I moved from Missouri to Montana just to see what the program was like and what was it all about. I never regretted that decision. Since then, they allowed to discover my filmmaking talent that i could never discover in any other place. They taught me that "one yes can change your life" and that i should "find your voice." As a result, i decided to follow those passions by getting a degree specializing in filmmaking because i love it so much, and so i can take my voice and talents to the next level. ITs all thanks to them. Thank you so much MAPS!
MAPS is cool.
The best place to be after a long day of school. Teachers/Educators are great people and have all the knowledge for film, design, and music to teach new people in the film, design, and music environment.
All the staff hear at MAPS are very dedicated to the the young adults in the Bitterroot valley and pass on their knowledge to the next generation of America's youth. Also a good way to educate the kids about their favorite ways to listen to music, watch movies, and have fun in life with electronics and technology. MAPS is the best place to learn about the Media Arts! KEEP IT ON!
Maps Media Institute is a very professional organization helping high school age youth learn afterschool how to use programs used in web and graphic design as well as video editing, shooting, and final production. They also have a Digital Music production class. I have had the opportunity to attend MAPS for 4 years, i would say that this was a life changing experience, it helped me learn to co-operate with others on group projects, not be afraid to share my idea's, and turn my idea's into reality. The teachers are very helpful and informative as well as friendly, if you have an idea they will help you complete what you want to do, even if the inspiration comes during a class project. I recommend MAPS to all of my friends who have an interest in Film, Digital Music, or Graphic/web Design. I love this program and am very grateful to all the people to spend their time coming to teach us and the people who keep this program going, i hope more kids can have the opportunity i had. -J
this program has presented me with opportunities in life that i could never get anywhere else. i know what i want to do with my life now and have gotten to actually learn skills that are not taught in school. the MAPS program gives young people a head start in a technology-relient world. i have been taking classes for 3 years now and all i can say is that i am who i am today because of the amazing people and opportunities MAPS has introduced to me. thank you MAPS!!!
MAPS media institute is a great place to learn graphic design, music, and film. This organization tought me an awful lot about design and film making.
MAPS is really awesome. I learn really cool stuff about graphic design along with filmmaking and music. The instructors are great too. LOTS of FUN!!!!
Joining the music program at MAPS was a really great opportunity for my sister and I. The equipment at MAPS allowed us to develop our vocal recording skills which will really help us achieve our dream of becoming singers. The staff at MAPS is very knowledgeable and kind. I would definitely recomend this program to anyone looking to donate, volunteer, or participate.
The MAPS Media Institute has been really fun for me. I love music and I love how I can write my own songs using their equipment and it's just a bunch of sweet people helping you with film and design and music.
I am currently involved in the MAPS. I think it is a great program and I have learned a lot. Thank you so much.
I never had such times with people and media until MAPS. With them, I've learned a great deal from the always Professonal Christain Ackerman, Mike Henderson of the Hendersons, and Tim Kolberg, the Music Man. And under the admin of Lara, MAPS has opened more doors than I can jam my foot in.
I like MAPS because it's helped me understand music theory more. Also, it's really fun because I get to use the studio to record songs as covers and songs that I've written.
There is no doubt in my mind the Irwin and Florence Rosten Foundation, through MAPS, is doing great work preparing our children for the 21st century. The Foundation, MAPS and the people are inspiring and guiding our children through their imagination to reality with concrete results. I am ever so grateful these community minded folks have chosen our community to share their skills, talents and inspirational ways with our children and community. I thank them for their time and commitment.
I am delighted to write a review for the Irwin and Florence Rosten Foundation. I have followed their son, Peter, and his wonderful program MAPS for several years now. I created and manage an online community dedicated to helping librarians and information professionals find jobs, INALJ, and I have been inspired by the community, fellowship, success and passion cultivated by MAPS. I am truly inspired and cheer along and follow all of the programs and films of the students. Though no longer living in Montana MAPS has used social media to broaden its community and shine its positive influence all the way over here to DC. I commend them and try to emulate them! Three cheers!
I was in one of the first MAPS classes back in 2004. While I had been interested in theater for years, MAPS was one of the first programs that encouraged me to diverge into the medium of film. Peter Rosten greatly encouraged me as a writer, and as a mentor to my fellow peers. Without the MAPS Program of the Irwin and Florence Rosten Foundation and their encouragement, I wouldn't be where I am today: Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Peter still takes the time to get me advice on any projects I've sent to him, and the program is still a supporting group in the background of my career. I can't thank them for their kindness, and can't speak more highly of what they are doing for students in a location where such film resources would not otherwise be readily available.
Thanks to the Irwin & Florence Rosten Foundation and it's support of the MAPS Media Institute, the youth of Montana have an incredibly special and rare resource for creativity and knowledge not easily found in the wild west.
It's hard to imagine such a beneficial program with direct contact to the professional film world could be found in rural Montana. I have seen first hand the intimate understanding of film technique and craft the kids are exposed to, and then challenged to put to use, creating commercials for real world clients, music videos, and films.
I was first made aware of the program by a friend in a college film class, a MAPS graduate and star in her own right at film school. She put us in contact and soon, we were head first producing a statewide commercial, written, cast, and dreamt up by the kids, for the Governor's office! It was such a rewarding experience working with their quality content, and getting to teach them one on one about professional film set practices, working with green screen, and child actors...also a dog actor.
Several years later, the kids came to a local film festival, packed with Hollywood power hitters, and in a few days time and many late nights, crafted an amazing documentary short on the untamed power and importance of mentorship, of which I was humbled to partake. The beauty of this program is allowing the kids to get dirty, get their hands on the gear, and get creating. In this business, you must have firm, unbridled creativity, and the technical knowledge of the craft to bring your vision to life. Giving the kids the opportunity to learn and practice at a young age and fostering a relationship with top established film professionals to mentor them provides a level of skill and confidence I've never seen before. But with these bright minds, the mentor street certainly isn't a one-way.
My name is Elysha and I am proud to be a former MAPS student of the Irwin and Florence Rosten Foundation. In my 3 years of being in the program I learned everything from camera angles to stage lines, editing, how to hold a boom, a camera, writing scripts and much more. I have become a more social and a brighter thinker . I am so grateful for my teachers for creating such a phenomenal hands on well rounded program. I developed such a strong work ethic from working with fellow students, clients and also well known professionals in the field of media arts. One of my proudest moments of MAPS was helping create a commercial for federal financial aid. Our class took on the project start to finish. The news interviewed us and we later saw our commercial on TV which was so rewarding. I loved being able to write and read scripts and bring them to life. We went on locations to shoot our short and films. We each took on different roles directing, producing and everything in between. I feel so proud to have been a part of a program that has inspired an amazing creative process that turns hard work into a finished project that we can all share forever. MAPS brings students together to work as a team and create beautiful movies, activities, and more for the community. Peter Rosten & the MAPS team goes up and beyond for every student in that program. In our small town there are absolutely no other programs like MAPS!