For 16 years, MAPS (Media Arts in the Public Schools) has been introducing Bitterroot Valley students to the creative visual media in free-of-charge after school programs. The annual Open House of the facilities at 515 Madison in Hamilton will be Tuesday, September 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 pm. You'll be able to tour the computer labs and studios, meet the staff and instructors and learn about the MAPS classes, which start next Monday, September 23, and continue through the school year. The classes are designed for students from 8th grade through high school.

The program has been branching out in recent years with a mobile studio that has traveled throughout the state and classes in the Flathead Valley. This year, the program has been preparing classes in Helena, too. You can find out more and students can register at the MAPS website or call 381-7230.