When the MAPS Media Institute moved into its new quarters on South 6th Street in Hamilton, there was room for expansion. Music production became another option in the nationally recognized after school program.

The first music video from MAPS, "Everybody Needs Love," is now online after its official debut at the annual MAPS Media Festival, held recently at the Pharaohplex Theaters. The video shows MAPS students singing and playing instruments in various outdoor locations in the Bitterroot Valley. It's featured on their website and their YouTube Channel.

The institute was again named one of the top 50 after school programs in the nation by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Humanities (NATAS NW) presented Awards of Excellence to the Darby Rodeo and Darby Logger Days videos from the students.

MAPS CEA and founder Peter Rosten was honored by the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce and is being inducted into the NATAS NW Silver Circle, for media professionals who began their careers in television at least 25 years ago.

MAPS started as a class at Corvallis High School, then moved to a valleywide program based in Hamilton. However, Corvallis High School is now re-starting their film classes during the school day with MAPS film teacher Christian Ackerman assuming the teaching duties.

Taking his place at MAPS will be Dru Carr, a founding board member of the Big Sky Film Institute, which runs the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula. Clare Ann Harff is now the President of MAPS, along with her current duties. Tim Kolberg is Vice President.

The MAPS Summer season starts July 5. It's a 4-week session with a specific project activity. Registration information as available at: mapsdirector@gmail.com

MAPS is in its 13th year of programming with more projects being developed daily.