Clare Ann joined the MAPS staff in 2013. She holds a BFA from the University of Montana and has dedicated much of her career to non-profit arts management and fostering creative opportunities for youth. Past positions include co-founder/Executive Director the Clay Studio of Missoula, co-founder of 4 Ravens Gallery, and serving on numerous art and education non profit board of directors. She is a professional daydreamer whose preferred office is outside.

 

Super Power: Juggling Bumblebees

Clare Ann Harff

Executive Director

Film Instructor &

MAPS Media Lab Director

Dru Carr

Dru Carr is a filmmaker in Missoula, Montana. After receiving his M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana in 1996, he co-founded the independent filmmaking team High Plains Films in 2000. He was nominated for a national News and Documentary Emmy Award in 2008 as a co-director of the film Libby, Montana, and received the True/False West Visionary Award, given to filmmakers who have “placed an indelible mark on the world of documentary filmmaking”. Carr is also a founding board member of the Big Sky Film Institute, which runs the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

Super Power: Jedi master at conducting interviews

Ari Laskin

Ari is the co-founder of a film production company based out of Los Angeles and Holland. He has been a film professor and media historian in L. A. for the past decade, where he taught courses in global cinema, experimental film, critical studies, film genre, and film production. He frequently works as a writer and editor in academic publishing, film programming, and also serves on film festival juries. Ari is currently writing a book-length project exploring the social history of infrared from 1800 to its current uses within militarism, art, cinema, and science. As a filmmaker, Ari’s films are shown internationally, and he is nearing completion of a feature-length film examining conceptions of authenticity, race, and privilege in foodie culture.

Super Power: The Ability to speak six languages EXTREMELY poorly and is an expert in angora goat wrestling.
 

Lewis & Clark County Program Director and Film Instructor

Jules is an artist from Helena, MT whose earliest memories include painting and drawing. She has her BFA in in Media Arts and Animation and her current digital art path includes everything from game and character design to posters. Jules is the Events Coordinator and Online Marketing Director for the Holter Museum of Art.
 

Super Power: Herding Catz!

Jules Schoebel

 Lewis & Clark County Design Instructor

Ravalli County

Program Director

Cailtlin Coss Shay

Caitlin, a life-long artist with a passion for the natural world, has her undergraduate degrees in Physical Anthropology and Language Studies and received a Masters in French Language and Civilization from New York University, Paris. Arriving in the Bitterroot Valley by way of Louisiana, France, and California, she recently designed and built a small sustainable and beautiful cabin as her personal headquarters (ie: home).

 

Superpower: A jet fueled imagination.

John Springer

Ravalli County

Tech Instructor

A citizen of the U.S. and Mexico, John is neck-deep in technology, video-making, and all things science. In addition to being featured on the Discovery and Science TV channels, John has a B.S. in science education from Montana State University and directs the Bitterroot College Fabrication Lab. He holds a B.A. in Science Education from Montana State University, and teaching high school across the state has honed his ability in motivating students to be capable and curious creators. John wants to help people transform the best of their imagination into real-world solutions.

Super Power: Copying and giving people's powers to myself and others.

Tahj Kjelland

Tahj is a Missoula musician and director of Express to Speak, a statewide program designed to help Montana’s youth discover new ways to express themselves in safe, creative and entertaining ways. Tahj uses song, dance, spoken word and poetry to help empower students and give them positive, creative skills. For many years, Tahj taught at Willard Alternative High School in Missoula, MT.

 

Super Power: Freestyle truth teller

MAPS Media Lab Instructor

Lake Country

Film Instructor

Dan TC Molloy

Daniel is a Montana filmmaker and media manufacturer who has produced/directed and shot short films, commercials, reality tv, and feature length documentary's. He is well versed in all aspects of film, having crewed for features shot in Montana and in Los Angeles. In addition to being an artist, Dan is passionate about teaching others and has taught at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, The Roxy Film Academy and at Duy Tan University in Da Nang, Viet Nam.

 

Superpower: Having a birds eye view

Michael Workman

Based in Missoula, MT, Michael is a filmmaker and artist working in documentary film, installation, video art and sculpture. He earned a BFA in Art and BA in Media Arts Filmmaking from the University of Montana. In 2015, Michael was selected as one of the "25 Under 25", an award that recognizes 25 Montanans under the age of 25 that are shaping Montana through their work and social change leadership. Michael is the Senior Programmer for the Big Sky Documentary film Festival.

 

Super Power: Making things happen.

Lake Country

Film Instructor

Bill Bratches

Bill has been managing MAPS IT since 2004. He was the Systems Manager for Hamilton School district for 23 years and is a partner/owner with Top Down Computer Consultants since 2013.

 

Super Power: Always answering the phone when MAPS has an IT question

IT System Administrator

Cove Jasmin

Ravalli County

Music Instructor

Born and raised in Montana, Cove has been playing music for most of his life. While Cove is a drummer by trade, he also sings and plays other instruments, including piano, bass, and guitar. In his lessons, he helps students practice the fundamentals while keeping the importance of rhythm and “feel” the core of his teaching methodology. He currently plays with the traveling bands, Shakewell and Shark Buffalo, and has been deeply involved in the Missoula music scene for many years, playing with groups such as Kung Fu Kongress, Three Eared Dog, Joan Zen, and sitting in with many more.Cove believes that music has a unique power to bring people of all backgrounds together and enrich communities all over the world, and it’s his passion to help others find their own joy through creative expression.

 

Super Power: Sometimes mistaken for a sheltered bay area.