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?  $1,350,000

What type of request is this?  Capital Outlay 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 (SecretaryK)
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 1960 and located adjacent to the Mississippi River levee in downtown Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM) is a vital educational resource, providing education programming for schools from throughout Louisiana. LASM is also a significant contributor to Louisiana's tourist economy and a major downtown Baton Rouge attraction, drawing visitors from all over the U.S.

Annually, LASM attracts 170,000 to 200,000 visitors with programming for diverse audiences, families, individuals, tourists, and students. Because school programming is a priority at LASM, attendance figures include visits by more than 90,000 schoolchildren from parishes across the state.

Facilities include the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium, science galleries for families and students, fine art galleries, and an Ancient Egypt Gallery. LASM is accredited by the American Association of Museums, is a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, and is one of only five percent of museums accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The centerpiece of any planetarium is its star ball projector. Currently LASM does not have one as the former one became obsolete. Our former star ball projector could not synchronize with the auxiliary digital projectors, and current programming developed for digital projectors could not be presented as produced.

Engaging planetarium programs reinforce STEM concepts (science, technology, engineering, and math), help influence scientific career choices, and result in a richer quality of life for visitors by increasing science literacy. The planetarium is not only a place for children but also for adults and educators, a place to find answers to a myriad of astronomy and space science questions. Simply put, planetariums contribute to the development of scientifically literate citizens of all ages.

An investment of $1,350,000 for the acquisition of a star ball projector and a full dome digital projection system for the planetarium will allow LASM to present students and general audiences with engaging planetarium programs that reinforce STEM concepts.


What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $0
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $1,350,000
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          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?
          

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          The mission of the Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM)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 science classes in the planetarium include sky shows, large-format films, and interactive programs that bring science to life. LASM planetarium educators and a digital portable planetarium also are available for off-site visits and classes in schools throughout Louisiana. All school planetarium programs, both in the LASM space theater and off-site in Louisiana schools, include special live tours of the seasonal night sky.

Today’s schoolchildren have a broad exposure to technology and its sophisticated effects. To capture the imagination of students requires a realism level that will suspend their disbelief. Yet children born today may never see a magnificent and clear dark night sky due to the light pollution of populated areas. Many may only be able to experience the full majesty of the stars through a planetarium visit.


What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          Enhancing the way the museum visually presents astronomy and earth sciences to audiences will result in a better understanding of the world around us and an increased enjoyment of the experience.
A star ball projector is critically needed equipment for LASM to present the same high-quality science programming and resolution offered by the world’s leading planetariums.
A new star projector will provide unparalleled clarity and realism in replicating the nighttime sky. No other instrument can simulate such an astronomically realistic night sky, which will capture the imagination of all visitors, especially children.

The star ball projector is also expected to significantly grow the planetarium’s annual attendance over the next decade through regional tourism.

A computerized star projector will allow LASM to:

o Provide flexibility to best suit the specific audience’s needs and interests
o Allow for live presentations, which are always optimal for audience engagement
o Layer onto other digital program projections for super-enhanced effects
o Project millions of stars from any place on Earth or from any place in the universe
o Present stars in a black night sky that are accurate in color, placement, and size
o Provide the most realistic sky possible aside from viewing the clear, dark night sky


What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           18 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:
                 n/a

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

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

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?  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:
                 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:  2253445272
                                       fax:  2253449477
                                       e-mail:  cgikas@lasm.org
                                       relationship to entity:  President and Executive Director