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Our School:

The MAPS Media Institute is committed to providing a rigorous, hands-on program designed to instill a lifelong passion for learning and to equip students with the skills and confidence for academic, social and professional success.

Our unique curriculum incorporates science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM) in all of our courses. Fostering creativity and building communication skills is part of what led to MAPS being honored as one of the “Top 50” after-school programs in the U.S. by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.   (For our Executive Summary, click here.)

screenwritingThe program runs year around, five days a week. From September through May; our 32 weeks of instruction are divided into four 8 week sub-courses to allow students to participate in school activities and then return to MAPS. During the summer, MAPS offers a Monday through Friday 10 week course.

In addition to their proactive course work, students learn many essential life skills, among them: critical thinking, innovation, communication abilities, teamwork, problem solving, leadership etc.

MAPS technology department, business center and equipment is state-of-the art. We provide a supportive and safe environment located on our own campus in Hamilton, Montana. To learn about our free courses, click here or go to the ‘classes’ tab.

filmingOur Business:

The MAPS Media Institute uniquely combines the real world of business with education. In 2005, MAPS acquired its first fee-based client and since then paying customers have included: Montana’s Office of the Governor, State Farm Insurance, the Center for Disease Control et al. In 2010, MAPS initiated its service-learning “GIVE BACK” program whereby MAPS students and staff donate their time and talent (free-of-charge) to community organizations like the Montana Hope Project, the Bitterroot Valley Youth Homes and many others. This pro-bono work yields important results for our students because giving back broadens their awareness and sensitivity to others in need.

In 2015, MAPS added its fifth class, ENTREPRENEUR. Entrepreneur is a business readiness class geared to help MAPS students identify their interests, recognize their individual skills and how to turn these into 21st century career paths.

To see MAPS commercials, public service announcements, documentaries, click here or visit our ‘video’ page. If you would like MAPS to bid on your project, please give us a call or email.

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We offer five courses of study, free-of-charge, to all Ravalli County public, private, home-schooled and faith-based students ages 12 - 17.

our People

The MAPS staff are professionals in their respective fields.

Clare Ann Harff, MAPS Executive Director joined the organization in 2013. She brings 20 years’ experience in non-profit art management.

Dru Carr, MAPS Film Instructor and Client Production Director, is an award-winning filmmaker from Missoula, MT. He is a founding board member of the Big Sky Film Institute, which runs the the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

Jeremy Sauter, MAPS Creative Director. Currently a marketing and advertising executive for Paramount Pictures.

Bill Bratches, MAPS IT Systems Administrator who has been with the organization since day one in 2004. He has been an Information Technology professional for over 26 years.


MAPS instructors:

  • Dru Carr (Filmmaking)
  • Sarah Jones (AmeriCorps VISTA)
  • Timothy Kolberg (Entrepreneur, Music, Technology)
  • Mika Virtaneva (Design)

MAPS is a state licensed, Local Education Agency (LEA) and a 21st Century Community Learning Center.