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The Purpose Prize honors Americans 60 and older who excel in the fields of social entrepreneurship and creative problem solving. Rosten was selected from a pool of 1,000 nominees and now stands as the second Montanan to be honored by the Purpose Prize.
Rosten, a resident of Darby, is the founder and president of the Media Arts in Public Schools or MAPS program in Ravalli County. Started in 2004, MAPS provides varied creative arts and media production classes to students in all five of the country school districts free of charge. Classes range from filmmaking and music composition to design and computer sciences.
The MAPS students are involved in creating real-world projects that are utilized by businesses and non-profits across the state. They most recently created PSAs for both the Montana Hope Project and the Bitterroot Youth homes.
“By combining our students’ arts education with the real world of business, MAPS provides an early window into the risks and rewards that await our pupils in the future,” said Rosten.