NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Inc.

The recipient entity's physical address:
           100 River Road South
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           100 River Road South
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Fred Bock
Gulnar Bosch
Jay Broussard
Mrs. J.F. Butterworth
Camille Cazedessus
Frank Craig Jr.
Mrs. Hamilton Crawford
John Greene
Mrs. Ernest Gueymard
Mrs. Caldwell Herget
Joseph Hutchison
A.R. Johnson III
Mrs. J.K. Matens
Mrs. George Menefee
Mrs. James Mullins
Mrs. William Nichols
Minnie Perkins
Mrs. Thomas Pugh
W. E. Robinson
Sidney Smith
Hays Town
Mrs. Henry Voorhies
Mrs. Scallen Walsh
Mrs. Wesley Wiksell
Mrs. Wilson Williams
Mrs. Floyd Williamson Jr.
Mrs. H.B. Witter
Mrs. Sparkman Wyatt
Payne Breazeale
Lloyd Funchess
Ralph Hileman
Mary Jane Kahao

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  2138

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $250,000

What type of request is this?  General Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Mr. Brad Allen
ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Polyolefins Plant
12875 Scenic Hwy.
Baton Rouge, LA 70807

Mr. Walter M. Anderson
Regions Bank
400 Convention St., Ste 900
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Mr. Prescott Bailey
Southern Lifestyle Development
635 Main St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Mrs. Misty Bonfanti
PO Box 607
Geismar, LA 70734

Mr. Ty Bromell
Louisiana Lobbying Solutions, LLC
732 N. 5th St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Mrs. Elizabeth Canfield
BASF Corporation
P. O. Box 457
Geismar, LA 70734

Mr. Eric Dexter
Civil Solutions Consulting Group
301 Main St., Ste. 830
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Mr. Derek Fife
Arkel Constructors, Inc.
1048 Florida St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Mrs. Leah Gaiennie
Guaranty Media
929B Government St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Mr. Terrence Ginn
Louisiana Board of Regents
1201 N. 3rd St., Ste. 6-200
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Mrs. Susanne Hall
Baton Rouge Coca-Cola
9696 Plank Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70811

Mr. Garrett Hiebert
Bernhard Energy Solutions
8555 United Plaza Blvd., Ste. 201
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Mr. Scott Kirkpatrick (Chair)
Roedel Parsons
8440 Jefferson Hwy., Ste. 301
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Ms. Heather Kleinpeter
Burns & Co.
17400 Memorial Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Mrs. Alexandra Layfield (Secretary)
Jones Walker
8555 United Plaza Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Mr. Tommy LeJeune (Treasurer)
Faulk & Winkler, LLC
6811 Jefferson Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Mr. Jason MacMorran (Immediate Past Chair)
Postlethwaite & Netterville
8550 United Plaza Blvd., Ste. 1001
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Mrs. Pamela Mascari
Kean Miller Law Firm
400 Convention Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Mr. Scott McKnight
BXS Insurance
4041 Essen Lane, Ste. 400
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Mr. Jody Montelaro
446 North Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Mr. Micah Stewart
LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors
10000 Perkins Rowe, Ste. 200
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Mr. Thomas F. Teepell
Lamar Advertising
5321 Corporate Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Ms. Suzanne L. Turner (Executive Committee)
Suzanne L. Turner Associates
630 Louisiana Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Mr. Shawn Usher
11207 Proverbs Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Mr. Patrick C. Valluzzo (Chair –elect)
Valluzzo Family Restaurants
7077 S. Choctaw Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Mrs. Kathy Victorian (Executive Committee)
Healthy Blue Louisiana
10000 Perkins Rowe, Ste. G-510
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Carol Gikas, President & Executive Director
Louisiana Art & Science Museum
100 River Road South
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Founded in 1962 and located adjacent to the Mississippi River in downtown Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum features the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium, interactive science galleries for families and students, fine art exhibitions, a children’s gallery, and an Ancient Egypt Gallery. The Museum is a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers and one of only 5 percent of museums accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Art & Science Museum’s mission is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of art and science for general audiences and students by presenting unique educational and entertaining experiences that encourage discovery, inspire creativity, and foster the pursuit of knowledge. While envisioning a community of lifelong explorers inspired by art and science, the Museum presents art, science, and the connections between the two, for a greater understanding of our world and the universe beyond. Museum programs and exhibitions explore creativity and innovation, which are at the core of both artistic and scientific endeavors.

A vital educational resource, the Museum attracts more than 178,000 annually with programming for diverse audiences, families, tourists, and students from schools throughout Louisiana. The Museum is a significant contributor to Louisiana's tourist economy and a major downtown Baton Rouge attraction, drawing visitors from all over the U.S. and many foreign countries.

The Irene W. Pennington Planetarium is in and of itself a unique educational environment and is an integral part of the Art & Science Museum’s educational programming. Whether exploring our terrestrial home, the solar system, our galaxy or the universe, the planetarium has provided these opportunities for nearly 1,000,000 students and adults since opening in May 2003. For many, these programs are meaningful invitations to lifelong exploration and discovery.

Because school programming is a priority at the Art & Science Museum, attendance figures include visits by nearly 95,000 schoolchildren. Students participate in 90-minute classes, gallery tours, planetarium shows, and more. All educational programs are aligned with current state content standards, benchmarks, which include the newly adopted science standards.

A $250,000 appropriations request for science education will support the Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s extensive science-based programming and activities for schools and families. The Museum offers 50 different science classes, planetarium programs, and educational movies for grades Pre-K through 12. Funds will help underwrite planetarium programs, science exhibits, and interactive science programs for Louisiana schoolchildren.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $185,000
          Professional Services. . . $0
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $65,000

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          Support from the State of Louisiana will help the Louisiana Art & Science Museum provide Louisiana’s schoolchildren and families an extensive array of PreK-12 science classes and science programs - all described in full detail on

Beetles, Bugs, and Butterflies, grades K-2
Chemistry Matters, grades 1-3
Geometry & Quilts, grades 1-3
Body Works, grades 1-3
Starry, Starry Night, grades 2-4
Circuit Circus, grades 3-4
Mystery Crime Lab, grades 3-4
Bright Light, grades 3-4
Radial Symmetry, grades 3-6
Tessellations, grades 3-8
Engineering: Simple Machines, grades 2-4
BASF Kids’ Lab, grade 4
Engineering Encounters, grades 4-6
Robot Design Challenge, grades 4-8
Forensic Crime Lab, grades 5-6
Astronomy Exploration, grades 1-8
Ancient Egypt Exploration, grades 1-8
Geology Exploration, grades 1-8.

Miss Trudy’s Traveling Trunk Show, grades PS-K
Shake, Rattle, and Roll, grades PreK-5
Weatherwise, grades 3-6
The Magic of Science, grades 3-6

EDUCATIONAL FILMS include Whales, Forces of Nature, and Volcanoes f the Deep Sea.

DISCOVERY DOME PORTABLE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMS taken into the schools, libraries and public events throughout Louisiana include:
Magic Tree House: Space Mission, grades 1-5
We Are Stars, grades 5-12
One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, grades PreK-1
Earth’s Wild Ride, grades 3-6
From the Blue Planet to the Red Planet, grades 5-8
Two Small Pieces of Glass, grades 4-12
Dinosaurs Alive!, grades 3-12
Let It Snow, grades PreK-12.

• BASF Kids’ Lab, engaging children and their accompanying adults with chemistry activities and content Hands-On Happenings focusing on the science of art
• Miss Trudy’s Traveling Trunk Show, exploring the art and science of the seasons
• Immersive planetarium programs designed for children of all ages and their families, including Family Hour Stargazing.

ENGINEERING PROGRAMS for family audiences are offered on weekends. Families gain a new appreciation for the relevance of engineering and design in their daily lives through our interactive “Engineer It: Dream Big” mini workshops. Families or groups work together alongside volunteers from the engineering community to find creative problem-solving strategies and explore engineering. Shown in the planetarium as a complement to the mini workshops, Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a large format film that will transform how we think about engineering. Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. Dream Big aims to inspire audiences of diverse backgrounds to become the innovators who will improve the lives of people across our entire planet.

PLANETARIUM PROGRAMS in the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium’s immersive 60’ dome theater include:
Dipper’s Adventure, grades PreK-1
One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, grades PreK-1
The Little Star That Could, grades 1-2
Magic Tree House: Space Mission, grades 1-5
Earth, Moon & Sun, grades 2-5
Ventures Through Our Solar System, grades 3-5
Earth’s Wild Ride, grades 3-6
Secrets of Gravity: In the Footsteps of Albert Einstein, grades 3-8
Seeing, grades 3-12
We Are Stars, grades 5-12
A Hitchhiker’s Tour Through the Universe, grades 8-12

Each of the above shows is preceded by a live, interactive seasonal sky show.

EDUCATIONAL CINEMA in the planetarium includes the following movies:
Flight of the Butterflies, grades K-12
Dream Big: Engineering Our World, grades K-12
National Parks Adventure, grades 1-12
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean, grades 1-12
Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea, grades 3-8
Dinosaur’s Alive!, grades 3-12
Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West, grades 3-12
Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs, grades 4-12

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          The Louisiana Art & Science Museum strives to increase science literacy in our state by serving as a valuable resource to educators, students, and families. The Museum is committed to providing challenging, relevant learning experiences that support STEM-focused classroom instruction in alignment with the Louisiana Student Standards for Science and specific curriculum requirements.

From planetarium programs to interactive theater presentations to hands-on interdisciplinary classes, the Museum offers a wide range of educational programs for students in preschool through grade 12. All programs are designed to encourage students to sharpen their skills through inquiry, observation, investigation, and creative problem solving. These opportunities for growth and discovery provide the passage for a lifelong love of learning and exploration to encourage the next generation of scientists, engineers, teachers, physicians, critical thinkers, and informed citizens.

In 2013 the Museum adopted an extensive list of goals to include engineering and design programs. Since that time, in the spring of each year, the Museum partners with more than 25 other community entities, including LSU, Southern University and engineering organizations to present Engineering Day. This is a day-long festival with over 30 hands-on activity stations and demonstrations showcasing a wide array of engineering and design specialties. More than 700 visitors have attended each of the past 5 years.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           12 Months

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

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          What is the nature of the relationship? 

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Contact Information
name:  Carol S. Gikas 
                                       address:  100 River Road South
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

                                       phone:  225-344-5272 x 116
                                       fax:  225-344-9477
                                       relationship to entity:  President & Executive Director