362 N Martin Luther King Blvd
Lexington KY 40508
Contact Information
Address 362 N Martin Luther King Blvd
Lexington, KY 40508
Phone (859) 252-5222
Fax 859 255-7448
Contact Name Lori Halligan
At A Glance
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
 Donations are gratefully accepted via our Website, mail, or phone - 859-252-5222.
We also welcome donations of arts materials and supplies, business or administrative materials and supplies, paper products, and other items. The Living Arts & Science Center also welcomes donations of services for maintenance, repair, grounds keeping or landscaping, among others.  
The community may also support the LASC in the following ways:

Kroger Community Rewards 

Every time you shop at Kroger, a percentage of your purchase can be donated to the LASC. This costs you nothing but a couple of minutes of registering your Kroger Card at and selecting the Living Arts & Science Center as your beneficiary group! YOU MUST RE-REGISTER EVERY YEAR SO PLEASE KEEP YOUR ENROLLMENT CURRENT!


Join the Gives BackSM Member Rewards program and get more out of every visit. You earn points on every purchase at Joseph-Beth. Plus, you save money on bestsellers, Staff Picks and Products of the Month. You also instantly get $25 worth of Brontë Bistro coupons, which makes the program virtually free!

BEST OF ALL --- a percentage of your purchases go to the LASC if you select us as your Community Partner!

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If you are a member of AMAZON SMILES, with the LASC selected as your beneficiary, every time you place an order from AMAZON, a percentage of your purchase will go to the LASC! It costs you nothing but can really add up for the LASC!

Go to AmazonSmile ( and sign up and select the LASC as your charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. AMAZON will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make through will result in a donation.

Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
The Living Arts & Science Center inspires participation in the arts and sciences by engaging the community through education, discovery, exploration and creativity.
The mission of the Living Arts and Science Center is achieved in concert with our Core Values:
Core Values of the Living Arts & Science Center

Lifelong Learning: The LASC believes that people of all ages deserve accessible opportunities to learn and to be creative.

Community Outreach: The LASC believes that the community is stronger through opportunities for citizens to work, create and learn together.

Diversity in service: The LASC believes that all of its representatives, staff, programs and services should respect all people equally without regard to race, creed, color, financial status, sexual orientation, gender, age, religion, disability or nationality.

Accountability and Transparency: The LASC believes in honoring the community’s trust through accountability and transparency of our programs and services.

Interactivity: The LASC believes in participation and interactivity and will strive to fully engage the staff, board of directors and community at-large.

The LASC offers classes, workshops, hands-on learning activities, participatory exhibits, opportunities to learn about science and art directly from professional artists and scientists, community educational events, and programs in schools, community centers, and other venues to reach under-served children and adults. The LASC provides free and low-cost programs throughout the year and is committed to expanding access to educational opportunities for all members of the Central Kentucky community. The staff and board of directors understand that our mission will be accomplished through maintaining ethical standards and ongoing oversight of the programming offered at LASC.
Background Statement

The beautiful building and grounds that the Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) occupies is as significant to Lexington’s history as is the organization itself. The structure, known as the Kinkead House, was built in 1847 by George B. Kinkead, a landowner and Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln’s attorney. Following the civil war, Kinkead was sympathetic to the plight of newly freed slaves. To assist with housing needs for them, he built homes on the land adjacent to his residence and made them available to the freed slaves moving into the more urbanized area. This neighborhood came to be known as Kinkeadtown and grew to include more than 300 families in Lexington’s east end.

In 1968, visionary Lexington leaders identified the need for creative education for children, and the LASC was founded to provide “creative and unique opportunities in the arts and sciences.” In 1971, the Kinkead heirs first loaned the use of their house and grounds to the new organization and, in 1981, the Kinkead heirs donated the historic home and acreage to the LASC.

The Kinkead House is on the National Register of Historic Places and the 7,000 square foot house, 11,000 square foot addition, and 1.5 lively acres surrounding the building provides programming for over 40,000 children and adults annually.  The grounds have been enhanced to include a man-made waterfall and stream, large sculptures, native Kentucky plantings, and educational gardens. 

In the past 10 years, the LASC enjoyed significant growth in ongoing programs, such as our classes, field trip programs, monthly Discovery Night programs, and at annual events such as our Day of the Dead Festival and Family Fun Day.  
To better serve the community and expand programs, our historic Kinkead House was renovated, and the Lucille Little Discovery Center addition was constructed.  Committed to our historic neighborhood, the LASC's staff and board has been pleased to remain within our historic building and neighborhood where the organization has resided since 1971. 
The Living Arts & Science Center now serves all of Kentucky through classes for pre-school students up to adults, interactive art and science exhibitions, field trip programs, mobile planetarium and outreach programs that travel the state, in-school and after-school art and science classes and programs, annual events such as our Family Fun Day and Day of the Dead event, programs that serve at-risk and under-served children and adults, scholarships, and partnerships with schools and social service agencies.
Impact Statement

Following a three-year long capital campaign and a two-year construction project, the LASC opened an expanded and renovated facility in April 2016. This was a significant milestone for the organization, which has provided programs in the historic Kinkead House in Lexington's downtown district since 1971. The expansion of our facility was needed to accommodate the significant growth in our programs and audiences over the past 10 years. 

The organization managed the fundraising and construction while remaining open, and with the majority of our programs continuing during construction.  The LASC also completed the construction project debt free.  
The new facility includes numerous new gallery spaces including a Children's Art Gallery and a Discovery Gallery with interactive STEAM Exhibits, and new teaching spaces such as a Clay Studio, a Digital Media Lab, a Teaching Kitchen, a Planetarium, an Innovation Lab, a Maker Space, and additional general purpose classrooms.  The LASC's 1.5 acres were renovated and now include educational gardens and a waterfall and stream from captured rainwater. 
Since the reopening of our expanded and renovated facility in April 2016, we have seen further growth in our programs and audiences.
  • The 10th Annual Day of the Dead Festival in November 2018 had over 2500 visitors, with school groups from numerous counties.
  • 2018 Family Fun Day had over 700 visitors, double previous attendance figures.
  • Monthly Discovery Nights average over 200 guests per month -- about a 50% increase.
  • Summer 2018 camp enrollment increased by 25% and nearly 1500 students participated.
  • Field trips and WOW: Wonders on Wheels outreach programs also expanded significantly.  In FY 2018, the LASC provided field trips at our own facility and WOW programs across the state to over 12,000 students, from 34 Kentucky counties.
  • More than 500 scholarships were provided to low-income students in 2018 and 2019, providing over 7,000 hours of quality instruction and inspiration.
  • Free after-school Science Explorer and Art Explorer classes, serving over 300 students, were provided in 6 of Fayette County's most challenged Title I schools.
Needs Statement
The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) now has significantly more building space, and we are providing more programs to even greater audiences.  The LASC is always seeking support for our many free and low-cost programs that are provided to at-risk and under-served children and families, and for our scholarship program. These programs are supported through donations, corporate sponsorships, and grants, and through donations of time and service by arts and science professionals.  Your donation of: 
 $100 will provide a low-income student with 15 hours of art and science instruction in an LASC class of their choosing.
$450 will provide 100 students at a Title One School (serving low-income students) with a Mobile Planetarium or an interactive arts and science program at their school.
$850 will provide 100 students at a Title One School with an interactive art and science field trip and planetarium show at the LASC and pay for the bus to get them here!
$1000 will purchase an additional computer for the Digital Media Lab, enabling more students to participate in digital art, design and new technology.
A $3000 donation will help subsidize a full year of Discovery Saturday programs enabling the LASC to provide free admission to over 250 low-income students and families.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
The staff and teachers associated with the LASC enjoy the unique privilege to witness, on a daily basis, the enormous impact that creative education can have on children and adults. We see the positive results that experiential learning can have on students who may struggle with less interactive teaching methods. Interactive and experiential teaching through the arts and sciences provides enormous benefits to all students. They develop ways to problem solve and to look at problems from multiple angles. They learn to work collaboratively and to think independently as well. They learn to work efficiently with materials, time and supplies. They learn to organize thoughts and ideas and to work toward goals and outcomes. And, many students who may have had difficulty finding successful opportunities within their regular school experience, enjoy equal footing in creativity and ingenuity. This is a tremendous boon to their self-esteem and confidence levels which are so important in all facets of their lives.
We also have the opportunity to witness parents becoming more engaged with their children's education and understanding the long-term benefits of positive and engaging experiences. As a lifelong teaching center, we know that opportunities for children and adults to share learning experiences are vital.
In addition to our success as a creative educational center, the LASC is also extremely proud of the long and exemplary way in which the organization has governed itself and conducted its works.  
In the fall quarter 2019, we begin a new strategic planning process. Dedicated members of our staff and Board of Directors will collaborate together on this in-depth endeavor. We want to ask ourselves challenging questions: Whose needs are not being met? What does the Living Arts & Science Center look like in five or ten years? What unknown opportunities lie before us?
Our unique mission and purpose has never worn out. We like to say we were STEAM education before it was ever mentioned or incorporated into learning modules. In our digital and technological age, with enormous societal and environmental issues, the need for creative and educational experiences, innovative thought and ingenuity are even more necessary today than they were in the 1960's when the organization was founded.
After five decades, the LASC continues to be... the place where creativity grows!
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Science & Technology / General Science
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Geographic Areas Served
Anderson County
Bath County
Bourbon County
Boyd County
Boyle County
Calloway County
Clark County
Elliott County
Estill County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Franklin County
Harrison County
Henry County
Jackson County
Jessamine County
Knott County
Laurel County
Lincoln County
Logan County
Madison County
McCracken County
Mercer County
Montgomery County
Morgan County
Nicholas County
Owen County
Perry County
Powell County
Pulaski County
Robertson County
Rockcastle County
Scott County
Shelby County
Spencer County
Trigg County
Warren County
Washington County
Woodford County
West Virginia
In the past two years, the Living Arts & Science Center has presented programs to schools and community organizations in more than 40 Kentucky counties. Field trip groups visit from counties across Central and Eastern Kentucky and the Living Arts & Science Center's WOW: Wonders on Wheels program takes our educational exhibits and Discovery Dome Planetarium into schools and libraries across Kentucky.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

The Living Arts and Science Center’s (LASC) mission is to inspire participation in art and science by engaging the community through education, discovery, exploration and creativity. 

This is accomplished through classes, workshops, hands-on programs, participatory exhibits, frequent opportunities to learn science and art forms directly from performing or exhibiting artists and scientists, collaborative experiences for the community, educational programs in schools, community centers, and other venues to reach special needs, at risk and underserved children and adults. The LASC offers free and low-cost programming and awards scholarships based on financial need in order to provide programming for all members of the Central Kentucky community. The staff and board of directors understand that this mission will be accomplished through maintaining ethical standards and ongoing oversight of the programming offered at LASC.


In the Summer of 2014, the LASC board and staff met to create a strategic transition plan to guide the organization over the next three years. The following statement is our vision statement and goal for the next three years:


It is the year 2017 and the Living Arts & Science Center is a beacon, leader and innovator of art and science education and a nationally recognized resource. The recently expanded campus is the best destination for exploration that engages visitors in lifelong learning. The Center continues to grow the endowment for future support and is financially stable to focus on organizational growth.  

 The goals identified in this plan include increasing and enhancing the awareness and visibility of the LASC, ensuring that the LASC is considered an innovative resource for education in the arts and sciences for all ages, ensuring outreach through programming, and ensuring short- and long-term financial stability and growth.

Our new facility with Lexington's only Planetarium, unique teaching and classroom facilities, community meeting space, educational gardens, and a wide variety of arts and science programming for pre-school students up to adults, as well as families and student and adult groups, has contributed to the LASC's significant increase in programs and audiences.  A truly unique facility, the Living Arts & Science Center is now a destination for families and groups from across the state and beyond.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

In 2014, using the LASC’s prior successful strategic plan as a model, the board and staff identified new goals and objectives for the next three years. Board committees and staff members were identified and assigned the responsibility of carrying out various strategies and action steps. They met regularly to update the plan and use these strategies as their guide. With new executive leadership in place, the organization is beginning a new strategic planning cycle in fall quarter 2019.

After completing expansion and renovation of the facility, increasing and enhancing the awareness and visibility of the LASC is a priority. Identified strategies to meet this goal include developing and implementing a communication and marketing plan and seeking out grants and awards to help elevate recognition of the LASC throughout the region.

 In the area of programming, the LASC identified many strategies to ensure that we are an innovative resource for education and that we continue to make outreach a priority. These strategies include expanding existing programming within our new facility, establishing new programs, such as a Space Program to participate with our planetarium, and to develop teaching curriculum for new areas of the building, including the Teaching Kitchen, Clay Studio, and Digital Media Lab. The identified strategies were developed to meet the needs of our many varied audiences, including teachers, at-risk youth, families, artists, and scientists. As the board and staff considered the goals and aligned strategies to meet them, specific programs were analyzed for growth areas and potentially new programs were identified to be considered. Throughout this process, board and staff visualized the programs within the new facility. In addition to considering each program and audience, the LASC focused on partnership and collaboration as a key in each strategy developed. The LASC has been successful and growing since 1968 because of its partnership with many artists, scientists, educators, students, community members, and organizations in its programming. Involving many to participate in the programming, from start to finish, creates a collaborative, community effort to form shared ideas and concepts, and strengthens the LASC’s role as a core provider of lifelong learning.

Strategies addressing finances include maximizing investments, regular oversight of income and expenses, the completion of the LASC’s capital campaign, and to diversify fundraising and establish new giving opportunities at the LASC. These plans include opportunities for growing the endowment, continuing a planned giving program, and identifying new areas for program support and sponsorship within the new facility. Additionally, the LASC set forth strategies to remain transparent to all parties.

CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

The LASC benefits from a highly engaged staff of 15 professionals, all of whom are deeply connected with various constituencies; a 25-member board of directors who are also engaged in the community both personally and professionally; five board committees. All of these groups contribute to the LASC remaining connected, focused, and able to provide consistent and unique programming within the community.  Through regular meetings with these individuals, meetings with other community organizations, and constant evaluation with school systems and grant agencies such as LexArts and the Kentucky Arts Council, the LASC continues to monitor existing programs in the community and responds to those needs accordingly.

 The LASC works diligently by partnering with other artists, scientists, educators, and organizations in presenting programs, working with schools to identify needs, and meeting regularly with community leaders to discuss the services we are providing.  The LASC is also a member of LexArts, the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), and NASA-Kentucky, all which serve as a resource for professional development, funding opportunities, and program-development.

 The LASC’s financial position is also a great asset as we move forward into the next phase of our long-range plan. The LASC owns its own building and 1.5 acres of land in downtown Lexington. LASC Board and staff work continuously to ensure adequate and expanding resources to support the organizational mission. In the past year, funding success has included:

  • The LASC has completed its $5.3 million campaign for our renovation and expansion;

  • We continue to maximize our primary fundraiser, H’Artful of Fun. In 2019, this event raised more than $97,000.

  • We see steady increases in earned income for our field trip programs, classes, and family programming in the planetarium as we continue to expand program outreach.

Further, the LASC is launched a new website in 2017 and received a year-round media sponsorship from WKYT-TV.  These efforts have significantly expanded our marketing efforts to reintroduce the greatly expanded LASC to our current and new audiences.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?

To assess the effectiveness and quality of our programs, the LASC gathers and evaluates information in numerous ways. We solicit direct feedback through evaluation forms that are provided to every student, parent and visiting teacher.  Evaluation forms are also available year-round on the LASC Web site. The evaluation seeks rankings and comments on teachers, curriculum, and policies and practices of the LASC. Forms are reviewed by the educational staff and ED and responded to if appropriate. Comments from evaluations are entered into a database and used in marketing and publicity materials. Programming and teachers are assessed based upon evaluations and staff visits to classrooms. Additionally, full staff and programmatic staff meet regularly for planning, program development, and for post-event discussions. Notes for revisions and improvements are made for recurring events. And, staff meets with other artist collaborators prior to and following events to discuss and evaluate programs.

For the past 10 years, the LASC has enjoyed significant growth in our classes (for all ages), our field trip programs, and our community events. WE see many participants join with us for one program, and then return for other programs too, another indication of programmatic success.

 Awards and recognition also provide indication of community support and appreciation.  Recently, this includes a 2016 Non-Profit Award from Commerce Lexington, the 2016 Urban Innovation Award from the Downtown Lexington Corporation, Best Academic Camp (and other) recognition from Lexington Family Magazine from 2012 through 2017, and in 2014, the LASC was the recipient of a Golden Apple Award from Commerce Lexington and Fayette Co. Public Schools.   
The LASC also received two highly competitive federal grants - an Institute for Museum & Library Services (IMLS) grant and a Creativity Garden grant from the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC).  And, together with Lexington Traditional Magnet School, the LASC was just selected as a recipient of a 21st Century Education grant, and is a national finalist for a Communities Connecting Heritage grant. These are all positive indicators to us of the quality of our programs. 

As part of our transition plan, we established measurable outcomes for each goal. Specific milestones that have recently been completed include (but are not limited to):

  • Development of a marketing and communications plan;

  • Re-branding the LASC with a new logo and website unveiled in 2017;

  • Completion of capital campaign and focus on new membership levels and funding opportunities;

  • New programs initiatives including Discovery Saturday, expanded classes, weekly Pre-K Art Day programs and expanded use of technology in programs. 

  • Development of curriculum for new areas – Teaching Kitchen, Clay Studio, Rooftop Garden, and Digital Media Lab.

This plan helped us transition into our new facility.  In 2018, the Board and staff will begin a new long-range planning initiative.

ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

Programmatically, the LASC has seen tremendous, steady growth. Over the past five years, class enrollment increased 42% and field trip program attendance has doubled. Nine years ago, the LASC was working in 7 Kentucky counties. This year, we reached nearly 40 counties. There is an obvious demand for arts and science enrichment. The need for services continues to grow – we have waiting lists for many of our programs and summer class enrollment can now expand with our new facility. This speaks to the quality of the programs that we are providing and the true need for what we offer. In addition to our schedule of classes, field trip and outreach programs, and community events, such as Day of the Dead and Family Fun Day, the LASC works with five elementary schools in Fayette Co. to provide free after-school Science Explorers programs. Modeled after this highly successful program, the LASC also provides a free after-school program, Art Explorers, at William Wells Brown Elementary and Lexington Traditional Magnet Schools, both Title One schools in our neighborhood.  While we continue to grow our existing programs, we also are seeking new ways that we can partner with schools to fulfill our mission and better serve our community.

While there are always significant financial challenges for non-profits, the LASC has weathered difficulties remarkably well due to our financial stability.

With the completion of our renovation and expansion project, we are now able to return our full attention to the growth and development of our programming, building our organizational capacity, increasing our programmatic and operating support.  We have been extremely encouraged by the very positive response to our expanded facility and have very positive indicators of the growth of contributed support as well as increased earned  income.
New and expanded programs have included:
  • Using technology to enhance on-going programming.  The LASC held a special, free Eclipse Day event with numerous hands-on activities and viewing glasses, for over 1000 visitors.  We also presented a live feed from NASA in our planetarium which included live interviews from astronauts on the International Space Station.
  • The LASC also provided LASC students with an opportunity to interview scientists in Antarctica, live, via SKYPE.
  • A new Pre-K Art Day program is taking place each Tuesday morning and uses the LASC's art exhibits as a spring board to interactive pre-k creative play.  Students (and their caregivers) enjoy a brief view of an exhibit and then, through games, stories, songs and art-making, explore specific ideas such as color, story, movement, or a specific culture.
Board Chair
Board Chair Renee Shepard
Company Affiliation Graves Shepard Consulting
Term July 2019 to June 2020
Board Members
Dana AdamsonTraditional BankVoting
Paige BensingLexmark InternationalVoting
Joseph ColemanKentucky League of CitiesVoting
Markus CrossCommunity VolunteerVoting
Bethany DenningLexmark InternationalVoting
Mary Lynn GarrettMid-American Rare Coin GalleriesVoting
Jodi GarrisonA&W RestaurantsVoting
Emmy HartleyCornett IMSVoting
Debra HughleyClark MaterialsVoting
Whitney KegleyRhino Resource PartnersVoting
Daniel KingSwitzer, McGaughey & King PSCVoting
Saralyn KingsolverFayette County Public SchoolsVoting
Laura Newman-SuterAFLACVoting
Chad RudzikFifth Third BankVoting
Deata Sexton GregorySalon BleuVoting
Renee ShepardGraves Shepard ConsultingVoting
Anna Claire SkinnerDinsmore & Shohl LLPVoting
John SpiresDinsmore & ShohlVoting
Fariba TimajiPiramal Pharma SolutionsVoting
Ellen WilliamsKentucky American WaterVoting
Ellen WilliamsKentucky American WaterVoting
Lynn ZellenKinkead & Stilz, PLLCVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 19
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 61%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments

The LASC has actively sought and implemented best management practices for the Board of Directors and staff. Several years ago, the organization reviewed and utilized former State Auditor Crit Luallen's guidelines for non-profit management, and the LASC was an early adopter of the Kentucky Non-profit Networks Governance guidelines. Our Core Values, which were adopted along with our long range plan in 2010, focus on quality, high standards and complete transparency of our organization. Potential board members are carefully screened and interviewed before their candidacy is presented to the entire board for approval. New board members participate in a formal orientation process. All board members sign annual conflict of interest and confidentiality statements.

CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Lori Halligan
Term Start May 2019

Halligan brings over 10 years of nonprofit management experience to LASC, most recently as executive director for the Hinsdale Humane Society in the greater Chicago area. In her previous role, she substantially increased fundraising, supervised numerous staff members, and implemented diverse community-centered programming. She also brings in-depth experience in board and volunteer management. Halligan received a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design from Iowa State University. She and her husband reside in Lexington.

Full Time Staff 11
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 260
Contractors 45
Retention Rate 75%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Martha K. Henton1981 - 2004
Heather Lyons2004 - 2019
Senior Staff
Title Discovery Education Director
Title Gallery Director
Title Digital Media Coordinator
Title Administrative Assistant
Title Marketing Director
Title Art Education Coordinator
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
At the LASC: Each year, over 400 classes are offered for pre-school students up to adults. Classes are offered during the evenings, throughout the summer and during other school breaks. Classes provide instruction in a wide range of media and topics, such as painting, drawing, pottery, animation, weaving, architecture, cartooning, cooking, digital media, astronomy, and more.   Many classes demonstrate the close connections between art and science, such as natural history illustration, robot building, bridge design, and weaving.
In the Schools: LASC provides free programs to several Title I schools, including a 12-week Science Explorers after-school program in five elementary schools and an Art Explorers after-school program in William Wells Brown Elementary School.  Additionally, the LASC offers tuition-based after school art classes at eight elementary schools in Fayette County. 
Description Marksbury Family Discovery Gallery: Each year, the LASC offers a new interactive exhibit in the Discovery Gallery, which supports Kentucky's Next Generation Science Standards and focuses on the connections between the arts and sciences. This exhibit provides hands-on learning opportunities to students on field trips and during public events at the LASC.

Art Exhibitions: With four unique gallery spaces (the Kinkead, Glo, Children's Art and Atrium Galleries), the LASC presents between 15 and 20 art exhibitions annually, showcasing the work of local, regional, national and international students and artists.  It also serves Central Kentucky schools, by providing field trip programs that present exhibitions and invite hands-on exploration in related media. Art exhibitions at the LASC are interactive, engaging the viewer in learning and looking beyond the surface. Additionally, in the Glo Gallery, a large two-story glass wall serves as a digital exhibition space to project digital art, film, and photography, which is seen from the inside and outside of the building. 
Program Long term Success
The LASC is committed to providing unique, educational and free or low-cost programming for the entire family.  Such as:

Discovery Night: The first Thursday of every month, this is a free family friendly event with guest artists and scientists, as well as hands-on activities.
Discovery Saturdays - A NEW program , Discovery Saturdays give families an opportunity to explore all that is new at the LASC. Visitors can explore the new Discovery Exhibit, create work in our Moosnick Maker Space, and view planetarium shows in Lexington's only Planetarium.
Day of the Dead Festival: Hundreds of community partners participate in this festival of traditional music, dance, exhibits, food, art and craft making, and an altar display in the nearby cemetery.  This event presents an authentic experience of this colorful Latin American holiday.  Held on November 1, the 2016 festival attracted over 3000 guests from all over Central Kentucky.

Neighborhood Events: The LASC reaches out to our inner-city community and provides free annual programs such as African Drumming and Dance, Family Fun Day, and a rain garden and rain barrel project.
Classes:  The LASC provides free participatory art and science programs to numerous social service agencies, community centers and libraries, reaching at-risk, underserved and special needs children and adults.
Program Short Term Success Our short-term goals would include continuing to offer monthly Discovery Night programs, planning our annual Day of the Dead festival and annual Family Fun Day, and reaching out to a variety of other organizations to partner in reaching other populations in the communities that we serve. Additionally, we plan to continue the work we do in partnership with community agencies, such as the Family Care Center, the Florence Crittenden Home, The Nest, the Gainesway Empowerment Center, Day Treatment Center, and Manchester Community Center. Other events we plan to continue working with include Festival Latino, Back to School Rallies, and the Farmer's Market.
Program Long term Success Growing our existing programs is our first long-term goal. We continue to see increased audiences at our Discovery Night programs, our Family Fun day, and our Day of the Dead Festival. Those programs are critical to reaching out to underserved audiences, since we are in the middle of the neighborhood with the lowest car ownership in our county. We want to continue seeing rapid growth in those programs. Our renovation and expansion project is needed to enable us to offer even more free community programs and expand upon the ones that we are currently presenting.
Examples of Program Success A perfect example of our success to grow our community programs is the partnership that we have formed with many neighborhood community gardens, Seedleaf, and the urban orchard programs. An example of that program is our Earth Day event at the London Ferrell Community Garden, where we will present a variety of projects, including seed-planting and our Energy on the Move exhibit. 
The LASC provides hands-on educational field trip programs in the arts and sciences for students K-12th grade, as well as for adult groups.  Students are guided through exhibits with LASC teachers and participate in hands-on activities related to the current exhibits. 
During the past school year, over 8,500 students from nearly 30 Kentucky counties participated in field trip programs at the LASC.  Several options for field trip programs include:
Discovery Exhibits - This exhibit focuses on Core Curriculum in the sciences, with additional art components.  New exhibits are installed at the start of each school year.
Lexington's Only Planetarium -- Earth and Sky shows are presented in the LASC's new fixed planetarium within our new facility.
Art Gallery Field trips -- Students are guided through art exhibits, frequently meet exhibiting artists and then have opportunities to create work using the same media as in the exhibition.
Program Short Term Success In the short-term, we plan to continue offering our field trips to as many schools as physically possible each year. With the expansion and renovation project, we will be able to move schools off of the waiting list and offer our field trips to even more groups.
Program Long term Success In an ideal world, we would like to reach every county in Kentucky, bringing students from all over the state to learn about art and science in a creative and interactive environment.
Examples of Program Success A perfect example of how much we have grown is to look at the past several years and the counties that we have reached with our education efforts. In 2004-2005, we served 7 counties. In 2010-2011, we served 21 counties. While this school year is not complete, we project that we will have grown from that 21 when we finish out the school year. 
The LASC offers schools the opportunity to have LASC teachers visit their schools with mobile exhibits and activities.  Traveling programs include Energy on the Move, a science focused exhibit on energy; Evolving Traditions, an exhibit which focuses on traditional and contemporary Kentucky arts and craftspeople; the Discovery Dome Planetarium which is taken into schools and libraries; Pattern Play, which focuses on the use of pattern in works of art; and the Wonders of Water, a water conservation program.
Additionally, the annual Discovery Exhibit theme is used to customize a traveling exhibit to use when visiting with students during the school year.  Currently, the exhibit, How Things Work: Engineering + Innovation, focuses on outer space and the space program.  LASC teachers guide students through explorations numerous artifacts from NASA, an Orion space shuttle model and flight simulator, and more.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
The most significant challenge to the Living Arts & Science Center has been our lack of space within our facility.  Programs have all grown significantly and without adequate space to support them, an enormous amount of time is spent on resetting rooms and in making provisions for using spaces that are not adequate for the audience and program size. 
The LASC is enormously proud to have completed our $5.3 million Capital Campaign and to have reopened our beautiful new building and renovated Kinkead House.  This project enabled the LASC's programs to have their own unique space in which to operate and has allowed the LASC to conduct multiple programs simultaneously.  
Programs are drawing new and increased audiences, new programs have been expanded and the LASC is on course to move into our 50th year (2018) in excellent fiscal, programmatic and operational strength. 
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 6
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2014
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
The LASC collaborates with numerous community organizations, schools and agencies throughout the year, as well as with artists, scientists and students. Various departments at the University of Kentucky are frequent collaborators assisting the LASC with projects, exhibits and as presenters at monthly Discovery Night programs.  The LASC also partners with other arts and non-arts organizations, such as Lexington Children's Theatre, Casa de la Cultura Kentucky, Common Good, Seedleaf and others.
Commerce Lexington2017
National Endowment for the Arts - Partner2017
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2018
Kentucky Arts Council2018
Vision AwardBluegrass Tomorrow2010
Governor's Award in the Arts - Community ArtsKentucky State Government2004
Golden Apple AwardFayette County Public Schools and Commerce Lexington2014
Best Academic CampLexington Family Magazine2014
Best Academic CampLexington Family Magazine2013
Best Academic CampLexington Family Magazine2012
Best Academic CampLexington Family Magazine2015
Non-Profit AwardCommerce Lexington2016
Urban Innovation AwardDowntown Lexington Corporation2016
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $850,000.00
Projected Expenses $850,000.00
Endowment Value $150,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Revenue$767,684$733,040$959,523
Total Expenses$1,015,067$883,955$705,640
Revenue Less Expenses($247,383)($150,915)$253,883
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$65,535$172,586
Individual Contributions--$332,748$545,021
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$7,079$3,660
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events--$83,610$76,516
Revenue In-Kind----$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense--$722,191$538,500
Administration Expense--$128,307$117,579
Fundraising Expense--$33,457$49,561
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.760.831.36
Program Expense/Total Expenses0%82%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets--$5,769,499$5,863,641
Current Assets--$531,654$529,573
Long-Term Liabilities--$359,025$109,953
Current Liabilities--$39,965$232,264
Total Net Assets--$5,370,509$5,521,424
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address 362 N Martin Luther King Blvd
Lexington, KY 40508
Primary Phone 859 252-5222
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Lori Halligan
Board Chair Renee Shepard
Board Chair Company Affiliation Graves Shepard Consulting