Senators announce nearly $80,000 for Hamilton-based education program

Money will be used to fund media arts education

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Students in Ravalli County will get to explore opportunities through media
arts, thanks to a $76,647 grant announced today by U.S. Senators
Max Baucus and Jon Tester.

Media Arts in the Public Schools, or MAPS, is a program
designed to help students develop their creative voices, communication skills,
and self-confidence in all parts of their education.  MAPS will use the grant
money to purchase additional filmmaking equipment. Students from all Ravalli County schools are eligible to

“Giving students the opportunity to get hands on
experience on a future career is valuable experience,” Baucus said. “MAPS helps
students discover the worlds of filmmaking and media production. A good
education is the key to a strong economic future. The funding will better
prepare students for the long term and will help them get good-paying jobs

“As a former music teacher myself, I know firsthand how
important it is for students to develop their creative thinking skills,” Tester
said. “Programs like MAPS allow students to develop those skills while exploring
future careers.”

MAPS was founded in 2004 by Peter Rosten, a former
entertainment industry writer, producer and executive.