MAPS Media Institute...
Bringing professional media arts education to youth across the state of Montana since 2004


2023 is coming to a close, and what a year it has been!

Please check out MAPS 2023 Highlights – a snapshot of the fantastic work we have accomplished together – all made possible by your support. Whether you’re a youth participant, parent/guardian, community member, collaborative partner, or generous donor – we can do this work because of you.

One thing we all know is that investing in youth makes our communities stronger. Since 2004, MAPS has continued its commitment to supporting young people’s ideas, stories, and dreams by providing them with resources and opportunities to help develop their creative potential and strengthen their life skills.

We’re already working on big things for 2024 and look forward to continuing our meaningful work together.

With gratitude!

Clare Ann and the MAPS Team


2023 – 2024

Afterschool Program Enrollment Now Open!


8th to 12th grade students


Afterschool Media Arts Classes


September to May
Monday – Friday (location dependent)


Ravalli County (Hamilton) &
Lewis & Clark County (Helena)


Free of charge!


MAPS Media Institute is the 2023 National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Northwest (NATAS NW)

Governor’s Award Winner

What is the Governor’s Award?

The Governors’ Award is the highest Award a local chapter can bestow.

An Emmy® Statuette is given for recognition of achievements by individuals, organizations or companies historically, Board of Governors Awards are for truly outstanding and unique accomplishments or for achievements of some duration and durability.

This award can be given to an individual, a company or an organization for outstanding achievement in the arts, sciences or management of television which is either of a cumulative nature or so extraordinary and universal in nature as to be beyond the realm of the awards presented in the categories of achievement.

We are humbled by this incredible honor! This award reflects every voice, experience, and story that we have been entrusted to share as an organization since 2004.

On behalf of MAPS, and the youth who are the beating heart behind the work we do!!!

MONTANA’S “Trailblazer in Diversity”

The “Trailblazers in Diversity” video project was created and led by NATAS NW diversity committee in the Spring of 2023. They wanted to take a thoughtful look back through the lens of diversity as they celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Northwest Regional Emmy™ Awards. 

They produced one video for each of their five state regions which include Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. They highlighted television professionals who faced and overcame obstacles. Many of these stories have never been shared before publicly. These are stories that need to be told and need to be heard. 

This year, Montana’s “Trailblazer in Diversity” is MAPS Media Institute.

To learn more about the NATAS NW “Trailblazers in Diversity” video project, and the other videos which they produced for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska, click HERE. We applaud these television professionals who faced and overcame obstacles.