The Hamilton-based MAPS Media Institute has been recognized as a top 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program. Peter Rosten received the notificaton this month that the after-school program was named one of the 50 finalists from a field of 301 programs nationwide.

The honor of being in the top 50 is great, but if they are further selected as a recipient of the Youth Program Award, the MAPS institute would receive a $10,000 award. That decision will be announced this summer.

The MAPS program operates under the umbrella of the Florence Prever Rosten Foundation. It started as a program at Corvallis High School and is now in a facility on South 6th Street in Hamilton, offering after-school film, music and internet training to students from throughout the valley.

The award was presented by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its partner agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.