The Louisiana Art & Science Museum.

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum has received a $100,000 operations grant from the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation.

This grant will aid the River Road museum in expanding its organizational capacity-building initiatives in 2020.

“We are most grateful to the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation for awarding LASM this generous grant,” said Serena Pandos, LASM's president and executive director. “Last year, during our leadership transition, individual giving for general operations had dropped below a sustainable level. Thanks to the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, we can continue to implement our sustainability plan, which focuses on leveraging our existing resources and expanding our capabilities wherever possible."

She added that the foundation's support will "make way for continuous improvement and progress."

The Foundation was the principal donor for the construction of the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium, which opened in 2003. The Planetarium has remained one of the largest and most technologically-advanced planetariums in the southeastern region of the United States and welcomed its one-millionth visitor in 2019, according to a LASM news release.

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