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):
           P.O. Box 3373
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3373


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 Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70807

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

Mr. Prescott Bailey
Southern Lifestyle Development
635 Main Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Ms. Kelli Bondy-Troutman
LUBA Workers' Comp
2351 Energy Drive, Suite 2000
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

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

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

Mr. Scott Chenevert (Immediate Past-Chair)
Fishman Haygood Law Firm
100 North Street, Suite 800
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Alexandra Layfield
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 (Board Chair)
Postlethwaite & Netterville, CPAs
8550 United Plaza Bldg., Suite 1001
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Ms. Pamela Mascari (Secretary)
Kean Miller Law Firm
400 Convention Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Mr. M. Scott McKnight
BancorpSouth Insurance Services, Inc.
4041 Essen Lane, Suite 400
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Patrick C. Valluzzo (Executive Committee Member)
Valluzzo Family Restaurants
7077 S. Choctaw Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Ms. Kathy F. Victorian
Amerigroup Louisiana
10000 Perkins Rowe, Suite 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. The Museum’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 Museum attracts more than 175,000 visitors 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 to Louisiana.

Because school programming is a priority at the Museum, attendance figures include visits by nearly 100,000 schoolchildren. Students participate in 90-minute classes, gallery tours, planetarium shows, and more. All educational programs are aligned with current state content standards and 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. . . . . . . . . . . . . $600,000
          Professional Services. . . $75,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $25,000
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $25,000
          Operating Services. . . . $175,000
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $45,000

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?
          Appropriations support for operational needs from the State of Louisiana will help the 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 www.LASM.org. Other school programs include planetarium and interactive theater programs that bring science to life.

SCIENCE CLASSES include Beetles, Bugs, and Butterflies, for grades K-2; Body Basics, grade 3; Bright Light, grades 3-4; Circuit Circus, grades 3-4; Mystery Crime Lab, grades 3-4; Geometry & Quilts, grades 1-3; Kids Lab, grade 4; Radial Symmetry, grades 3-6; Tessellations, grades 3-8; Exploring Ecosystems, grades 4-5; The Art of Science, grades 4-6; and Forensics Crime Lab, grades 5-6; Geology Rocks, grades 3-8; 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; 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 Hands-On Happenings involving the science of art; BASF Kids’ Lab engaging children with chemistry; planetarium programs designed for families.

ENGINEERING PROGRAMS for family audiences are offered. Once a month, 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. “Dream Big: Engineering Our World ,” the large-format movie about engineering is featured, on these days as a complement to the “Engineer It” workshops.

Additionally, the Art & Science Museum has partnered with more than 25 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 600 visitors have attended each of the last two years.

PLANETARIUM PROGRAMS include:
Dipper’s Adventure grades PreK-1; One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, grades PreK-1; National Parks Adventure, K-12; Flight of the Butterflies, K-12; The Little Star That Could, grades 1-2; The Moon, grades 1-3; Magic Tree House Space Mission, grades 1-5; Dinosaur Prophecy, grades 1-8; Ventures Through Our Solar System, grades 3-5; Kaluoka’hina-The Enchanted Reef, grades 2-5; Earth’s Wild Ride, grades 3-6; Dinosaurs Alive, grades 3-12; Back to the Moon for Good, grades 4-12; Journey to the Stars, grades 5-12; A Hitchhiker’s Tour through the Universe, grades 8-12.

Educational Cinema in the planetarium includes the following movies:
Dream Big: Engineering Our World, grades K-12; 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?
          The Louisiana Art & Science Museum 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 provide the passage for a lifelong love for learning and exploration.

All Art & Science Museum classes are aligned with the most up-to-date curricular requirements and standards. From planetarium programs, to interactive educational theater presentations and hands-on classes, the Museum 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. 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 classes on civil engineering. Objectives for this specific initiative are for our audiences to gain appreciation for engineering and design and to learn more about and 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:
                 N/A
    
     (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:
                 Mr. John B. Davis
Baker, Donelson, Berman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
450 Laurel St., 20th Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Husband to:
Rep. Paula P. Davis
House of Representatives - District 69
7902 Wrenwood Blvd., Ste. D
Baton Rouge, LA 70809


     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:
                 0%

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

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: 
               N/A

(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:
               N/A

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

          What is the nature of the relationship? 

(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:
                 N/A

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


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

                                       phone:  2253425272
                                       fax:  225-344-9477
                                       e-mail:  cgikas@lasm.org
                                       relationship to entity:  President & Executive Director