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. Derek J. Fife
Arkel Constructors, Inc.
1048 Florida Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Mr. John B. Davis
Baker Donelson Law Firm
Chase North Tower
450 Laurel Street, 20th Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Mrs. Elizabeth Canfield
BASF Corporation
8404 River Road
P. O. Box 457
Geismar, LA 70734

Mrs. Erin Monroe Wesley
Baton Rouge Area Chamber
564 Laurel Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Mr. John Miller
Baton Rouge Coca-Cola
9696 Plank Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70811

Mr. Todd Newbill
Capital Glass
11617 Industriplex Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Mr. Mark Anthony Chavez
ExxonMobil Corporation
P. O. Box 551
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0551

Mr. David Faulk (Board Chair)
Faulk & Meek, General Contractors, LLC
P.O. Box 5123
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Mr. Tommy LeJeune
Faulk & Winkler, LLC
6811 Jefferson Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Mr. Scott Chenevert (Chair- Elect)
Fishman Haygood Law Firm
100 North Street, Suite 800
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Mr. Casey Crawford
Grady Crawford Construction Company
P.O. Box 967
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Mr. Alejandro R. Perkins
Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP
2431 South Acadian Thruway
Suite 600
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Mrs. Pamela Mascari (Executive Committee Member)
Kean Miller Law Firm
400 Convention Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Mr. Russell Long Mosely
Long Farm Village Development
4232 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Ms. Kelli Bondy Troutman (Executive Committee Member)
LUBA Workers' Comp
2351 Energy Drive, Suite 2000
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Mr. Rene Ragas (Past Chair)
Our Lady of Angels Hospital
433 Plaza Street
Bogalusa, LA 70427

Mr. Jason MacMorran (Treasurer)
Postlethwaite & Netterville, CPAs
8550 United Plaza Bldg., Suite 1001
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Mrs. Debra Lockwood
Provident Resources Group
5565 Bankers Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Mr. Walter M. Anderson
Regions Bank
400 Convention Street, Suite 900
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Mr. Scott A. Ritter
Ritter Maher Architects
4880 Bluebonnet Blvd., Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Mr. Scott Kirkpatrick (Secretary)
Roedel Parsons
8440 Jefferson Highway, Suite 301
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Mr. James Shawn Usher
Sparkhound, LLC
11207 Proverbs Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Mr. William B. Owens, Jr.
Stonehenge Capital Company
236 Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Ms. Suzanne L. Turner
Suzanne L. Turner Associates
630 Louisiana Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Mr. Kevin Knobloch (Executive Committee)
Well Fargo Advisors, LLC
7031 Commerce Circle, Suite 200
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Carol Gikas, President & Executive Director
Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM)
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 (LASM) 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. LASM 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 mission of the Louisiana Art & Science Museum 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. LASM’s vision is to present 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 Art & Science Museum attracts from 170,000 to 200,000 visitors annually with programming for diverse audiences, families, tourists, and students from schools throughout Louisiana. LASM 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 to Louisiana.

Because school programming is a priority at LASM, attendance figures include visits by more than 90,000 schoolchildren. Students participate in 90-minute classes, gallery tours, planetarium shows, and more. And all of LASM’s educational programs are aligned with current state content standards, benchmarks, and grade-level expectations.

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

Please note that LASM has submitted a separate 2016-17 capital outlay funding request in the amount of $1,350,000. This capital investment will allow LASM to acquire a star ball projector for the planetarium theater. A new star ball capable of synchronizing its optical, mechanical operations with contemporary digital projectors is required for producing and projecting current available programming. With this purchase, LASM will be able to offer the finest quality planetarium programming for the citizens of Louisiana, especially the students and educators that visit from every parish in the state.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $75,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $175,000
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

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?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          OPERATING SUPPORT from the State of Louisiana ($250,000) will help LASM provide Louisiana’s schoolchildren and families an extensive array of PreK-12 science classes and science programs - all described in full detail on Other school programs include interactive theater programs that bring science to life.

SCIENCE CLASSES include Beetles, Bugs, and Butterflies, for grades K-2; Nutrition News, grades 1- 2; Body Basics, grade 3; Bright Light, grades 3-4; Circuit Circus, grades 3-4; Mystery Crime Lab, grades 3-4; Kids Lab, grade 4; Respiration and Circulation, grade 4; Exploring Ecosystems, grades 4-5; The Art of Science, grades 4-6; and Forensics Crime Lab, grades 5-6. Engineering Encounters, grades 3-6.

AUDITORIUM PROGRAMS include interactive educational theater and educational films. Theater programs include Miss Trudy’s Traveling Trunk Show, grades PS-K; Shake, Rattle, and Roll, grades K-5; The Colors of the Rainbow, grade K-3; We Know Nano, grades 4-8; and Weatherwise, grades 2-5. Educational films include Whales, grades 2-12; Forces of Nature, grades 3-12; Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West, grades 3-12; and Volcanoes of the Deep, grades 4-12.

PORTABLE DISCOVERY DOME PROGRAMS taken into the schools throughout Louisiana include: Off-Worlding Odyssey, grades 4-8; Impact!, grades 5-12; Dynamic Earth, grades 4-12; One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, grades PreK-1; We Choose Space, grades 4-12; The Sky Tonight – grades PreK-12; Earth’s Wild Ride, grades 4-6; The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather, grades PreK-2; The Star of Bethlehem, grades K-12; and Two Small Pieces of Glass, grades 3-12.

WEEKEND PUBLIC PROGRAMMING includes Saturday tours with Doctor Spark, the Roving Explainer, LASM’s roving scientist. Doctor Spark, a costumed LASM science educator, can be found in the family galleries sharing science facts with visitors, answering questions and posing a few science riddles families can work out together. Twice monthly and throughout the day on Saturdays and Sundays, LASM offers hands-on science workshops for children and parents.

ENGINEERING PROGRAMS for family audiences are offered. Once a month (from February through August), families gain a new appreciation for the relevance of engineering and design in their daily lives through our interactive “Engineer It” workshops. Families or groups work together alongside volunteers from the engineering community to find creative problem solving strategies and explore a variety of engineering concepts. Additionally the Art & Science Museum has partnered with more than 20 other community entities to present Engineering Day each spring. This is a day-long festival with over 30 interactive hands-on stations that showcased a wide array of engineering and design specialties. More than 800 visitors have attended each of the last two years.

Dipper’s Adventure grades PreK-K
One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, grades PreK-1
Flight of the Butterfly, PreK-12
The Little Star That Could, grades 1-2
The Moon, grades 1-3
Magic Tree House Space Mission, grades 1-5
Ventures Through Our Solar System, grades 3-5
Kaluoka’hina-The Enchanted Reef, grades 2-5
Earth’s Wild Ride, grades 3-6
The Great Planet Adventures, grades 4-8
Back to the Moon for Good, grades 4-12
Solar Superstorms, grades 4-12
Journey to the Stars, grades 5-12
Dark Universe, grades 6-12
A Hitchhiker’s Tour through the Universe, grades 8-12

EDUCATIONAL CINEMA in the planetarium includes the following movies: Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea, grades 3-8; Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs, grades 4-12; and The Life of Trees, grades 2-4.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          LASM strives to increase science literacy in our state by serving as an important resource to educators, and is committed to providing uniquely designed activities to support and reinforce the STEM instruction that takes place in the classroom.

These classes are carefully designed to encourage students to sharpen their inquiry, observation, and creative problem solving skills, but most importantly, to foster a lifelong love for learning.

All LASM classes are aligned with curricular requirements, current standards and GLEs.
From planetarium programs, to interactive educational theater presentations and hands-on classes, LASM offers a wide range of educational programs for students, preschool through grade 12.

Additionally, in 2013 the museum adopted an extended list of goals to include Engineering and Design Programs at LASM. Since that time, an annual festival has been instituted each spring. “Engineering Day” has been enormously successful. A series of hands-on weekend family programs has also been developed, “Engineer It”, as well as new school group class offerings on civil engineering. Objectives for this specific initiative are for visitors to gain appreciation for engineering and design, to learn more about engineering, and to apply basic concepts of engineering and design to their daily lives.

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: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship?  n/a

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:

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

                                       phone:  2253445272
                                       fax:  2253449477
                                       relationship to entity:  President and Executive Director