Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Louisiana Art & Science Museum

  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • www.lasm.org

Mission Statement

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum seeks to enhance the understanding and appreciation of art and science for general audiences and students by presenting unique, educational, and entertaining programs that inspire creativity and foster the pursuit of knowledge. The Art & Science Museum serves the greater Baton Rouge community, it's surrounding parishes, and the gulf south region. It's Discovery Dome traveling planetarium has brought the wonders of space as far north as Arkansas and as far west of Texas.

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

ruling year

1962

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Carol Gikas

Keywords

Self-reported

Art, Fine Arts, Science, Planetarium, Educational Programs, Diverse Audiences, Families, Schoolchildren, Teachers

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Also Known As

LASM

EIN

72-0542138

 Number

1514388823

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Art Museums (A51)

Science & Technology Museum (A57)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Each year, LASM offers 4-6 fine art exhibitions, a full schedule of art and science educational programs for families and schoolgroups, 6-10 planetarium shows, and 2 large-format films for more than 214,000 annual visitors of which 108,000 are schoolchildren.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

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National

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Financials

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LOUISIANA ARTS & SCIENCE MUSEUM,INC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Louisiana Art & Science Museum

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Carol Gikas

BIO

The President & Executive Director of the Louisiana Art & Science Museum for 37 years, Ms. Gikas earned an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of the Museum Management Institute, University of California, Berkeley. She has received the Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2004; in 2002 received the John Barton Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and was named Marketer of the Year. She has served as President of the Louisiana Association of Museums and served as an officer for several other professional museum associations. Under Ms. Gikas's tenure, the Museum has experienced dramatic growth - increasing it's annual operating budget from $300,000 to $2.7 million, opening a Planetarium, and increasing earned revenue, grants, and donations from 1% to 76% of the operating budget.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jason MacMorran

Postlethwaite & Netterville

Term: Feb 2017 - Feb 2018

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?