Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center Inc

  • Hutchinson, KS
  • www.cosmo.org

Mission Statement

Honoring the past and inspiring the future of space exploration.

Main Programs

  1. Launch the Future Program
  2. Theater Rennovation
Service Areas

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National

Located in Hutchinson Kansas the Cosmosphere serves over 170,000 visitors annually from around the world who tour our museum, participate in our education programs and/or attend our special events.

ruling year

1965

Principal Officer since 2007

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Christopher Orwoll

Keywords

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Space Museum, Space Education Facility, STEM Education Museum

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EIN

48-6120520

 Number

6032825244

Physical Address

1100 N Plum

Hutchinson, KS 67501

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Cosmosphere will honor the history of space exploration by educating visitors through its Smithsonian affiliated museum and through the restoration and replication of space artifacts for museums and exhibits around the world. The Cosmosphere will inspire the future of space exploration through award winning educational programming that engages audiences of all ages to embrace STEM education and pursue knowledge to advance the exploration of our world and our universe.

Programs

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Program 1

Launch the Future Program

The Launch the Future Campaign is focused on upgrading our educational programming in the museum through the addition of new exhibits that are interactive and tell the story of the present and future of space exploration in a compelling way. The program will also improve the energy efficiency of the building and allow the Cosmosphere to provide affordable student programming well into the future.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$2,500,000.00

Program 2

Theater Rennovation

The Cosmosphere was one of the first IMAX dome theaters in the United States. In 2012 the theater lease will expire and our goal is to rennovate the theater and install a digital system that will be more energy effective and flexible enough to accomodate student groups that want a variety of educational programming options.  Expected outcomes are 1. to increase the number of student groups we serve, 2. to provide a broader range of educational programming for teachers and group leaders to choose from and 3. to operate our programming more cost effectively into the future.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$1,500,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Located in Hutchinson Kansas the Cosmosphere serves over 170,000 visitors annually from around the world who tour our museum, participate in our education programs and/or attend our special events.

Funding Needs

The Cosmophere is a privately held museum and not government funded. Our fund raising supports one of three main areas 1. Operations of the museum and educational programming at the facility 2. Maintenance and renovation of the facility and exhibits in our Smithsonian affiliated Hall of Space museum 3. Scholarship funds for students who need assistance with funding for field trips, camp participation and special programming.

Affiliations + Memberships

American Association of Museums - Member

Association of Science and Technology Centers

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COSMOSPHERE, INC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Christopher Orwoll

BIO

Christopher Orwoll began his career in the Navy in 1982, serving aboard the submarines USS OHIO (Division Officer and Tactical Systems Officer), USS TUCSON (Operations Officer), and the USS DOLPHIN (Executive Officer). Orwoll also worked in the education field, teaching naval science for the Naval ROTC units at both Cornell University and the University of Kansas. While at KU, Orwoll also served as the Naval ROTC unit’s commanding officer. Orwoll earned his bachelor’s in Naval Architecture from the United States Naval Academy and his master’s in Strategic Studies from the Air War College. He retired from the Navy in 2007. The Cosmosphere hired Orwoll as president and CEO in March 2007. His Primary focus on this project will be overall management, budget control and coordination of activities between internal staff with our outside vendors.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr Bob Fee

Fee Insurance Agency

Term: Jan 2010 - Jan 2011

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