MAPS was created in 2005 as a school program focused on bringing elementary school students (grades 4-6) from PS101 (later, Mosaic Scholars) in Harlem, NY together with middle school students (grades 7&8) from the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School (PVPA) in South Hadley, MA to write poetry and songs and perform a year-end concert together.

Over the past 13 years MAPS has significantly affected the lives of over 400 students in this profoundly, positive educational program. MAPS has improved the poetry students’ test scores and the songwriters’ songwriting skills. Students learn to write and perform college level poetry and professional level songs, using poetry and music as a bridge across disparate socio-economic and geographic backgrounds.

In its 13th year of operation, MAPS now brings 7-12th graders from PVPA and 9-12 graders from the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers (UAGC) in Manhattan together to realize the strong creative and life connections inherent in the MAPS program.