Dear Friends of Sci-Port Discovery Center:
Tuesday May 5th marks one of the most important days for Sci-Port and our North Louisiana community, as it is the sixth annual Give for Good provided by the Community Foundation of North Louisiana. This year is the first opportunity for the Re-imagined Sci-Port to participate in Give for Good. Give for Good is critical for our community as it struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic. For more than twenty years, Sci-Port Discovery Center has provided hands-on, relevant educational experiences for people of all ages. During the closure, Sci-Port continues its mission by providing relevant educational opportunities for the community through virtual tours and learning opportunities. In addition, Sci-Port Discovery Center serves as the fiscal host for the North Louisiana STEM Alliance. A current project of the Alliance involves working with community partners to boost digital access and literacy for those who do not have adequate resources.
When you give to Sci-Port through Give for Good, you are supporting an essential component of education for all ages: hands-on, fun, experiential learning in which the learner is actively engaged in the learning activity.
During 2017-2018, the community nearly lost Sci-Port Discovery Center, popularly considered a crown jewel in the region. Nationally, very few science centers/museums that close down ever return to greatness. However, through the leadership of Executive Director Dianne Clark, a diverse Board of Directors, a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the City of Shreveport, and support by the Community Foundation of North Louisiana and the Franks Foundation, Sci-Port not only re-opened, it was Re-Imagined.
From closed galleries, broken exhibits, and deconstructed stairwells, Sci-Port gradually reconstructed and re-opened gallery by gallery through 2018-2019. From 2019-2020, Sci-Port created the new winter exhibit, Sno-Port: the Science of a Snowflake, brought back the return of 10 favorite exhibits including the famous Bed of Nails, and will soon debut the “Gallery of Intrigue”, which includes a number of STEM-based adventures for all ages and a 1000 square foot hand-painted, interactive mural depicting a variety of indigenous flora and fauna. In addition, grant support through various funders both local/regional and national has allowed Sci-Port to serve community partners and underserved individuals through free summer camp outreach programs and free admission to the Center. Taken together, Sci-Port is now serving ~105,000 visitors per year with another 20,000 individuals through outreach.
Sci-Port’s budget is tightly controlled, keeping grant funds in restricted accounts, and receiving external audits for 2018 and 2019 with no negative findings. Self-generated revenue accounts for 59% of our revenue (with 25% from contributions, 16% from the City of Shreveport, and 0.8% from other). While Sci-Port remains closed, we are unable to earn self-generated revenue, yet we continue to provide service to the community through our “Today at Sci-Port” virtual series and behind-the-scenes work with the North Louisiana STEM Alliance. In order to continue to meet the community’s demands for excellence, update and improve exhibits and programming, and provide free or reduced admission for those who cannot afford to pay, donations are critical to the educational objectives of Sci-Port. We encourage donations at any level, because even $10 will help one child. This is a great place to start for a first-time donor!
$10 donation can provide one student free general admission to a Sci-Port field trip.
$25 can purchase 1-2 new STEM Careers role-play outfits for children in the Power of Play (PoP) Children’s Museum.
$50 can provide a water-quality testing kit for environmental education programming.
$125 can support a one-hour hands-on laboratory outreach visit to a school or afterschool program.
$200 can provide a group visit to the IMAX® Dome Theater for 25 students to see an educational film such as “Super Power Dogs”.
Giving is open Tuesday, April 21st through Give for Good day on Tuesday, May 5th. For more information and to make a donation, visit https://www.giveforgoodnla.org/sci-port