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Irwin and Florence Rosten Foundation

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Media & Communications

Mission: The MAPS Media Institute is a nationally recognized, local education agency and after-school arts academy in western Montana. We provide a rigorous, hands-on media arts experience for rural students, inspiring a passion for learning and equipping them with educational tools that they might otherwise find unattainable. MAPS incorporates science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM) to help young people achieve tangible public success and impressive personal growth. MAPS students learn self-confidence, leadership and empathy for others, creating a strong foundation for the success of all their future endeavors.

Results: 1) MAPS student artists win two "Awards of Excellenceship (equivolent of EMMY awards) from NATAS, NW. (2015). 2) MAPS founder, Peter Rosten honored as "Bitterroot Business Person of the Year" by the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce (2015). 3) Peter Rosten named a MONTANA AMBASSADOR by the Governor of Montana. (2015). 4)MAPS honored as one of the top 50 after-school programs in the country by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. NAYHP (2014).

Target demographics: Underserved, economically disadvantaged and rural students grades 8 - 12. 50-50% Male and female.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500

Geographic areas served: Ravalli County, MT

Programs: Film, Design, Technology, Music and Entrepreneur

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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.