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Diverse Issues in Higher Education: “Xavier University to Develop Curatorial Practice and Exhibition Management Program”

With the support of a recent Helis Foundation grant, Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) will develop a new master’s degree in Curatorial Practice and Exhibition Management.

The initiative places XULA among a host of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that are working to increase diversity in museum and curatorial fields, while expanding representations of African-American and African Diaspora art.


Continue Reading “MLK weekend in New Orleans: Parades, music, speeches to honor Dr. King”

Jan. 19-21, Saturday-Monday, celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. during Kingfest Weekend at Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St. Listen to guest readers narrate stories, including “Martin’s Big Words” by Doreen Rappaport, pictured above. Hear live local music and share your future hopes and dreams in a collaborative art projects and more.

Thanks to the Helis Foundation, admission is free to Kingfest on Sunday, Jan. 20, from noon to 4:30 p.m…

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The National Herald: “The Helis Foundation Supports ARCAthens as Founding Patron”

NEW YORK – ARCAthens (Artist Residency Center Athens), a new 501(c)(3) based in New York, announced on December 17 that The Helis Foundation has joined ARCAthens as a Founding Patron. The Board of Trustees of The Helis Foundation approved a contribution from the Diana Helis Henry and the Adrienne Helis Malvin Art Funds in support of ARCAthens Pilot Program: Spring 2019.

“ARCAthens represents a unique opportunity for The Helis Foundation to honor the Helis family’s Greek heritage and their longstanding commitment to supporting the arts,” said David Kerstein, President of The Helis Foundation…

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Big Easy Magazine: “In the Golden Afternoon: Big Easy Magazine chats with the New Orleans Botanical Garden’s Paul Soniat”

I went to the New Orleans Botanical Garden to meet Director Paul Soniat on a crisp, sunny day where, to my surprise, flowers were still blooming as they wound around the garden’s brick walls and iron trellises. Soniat met me at the gate and took me on a quick tour, pointing our tropical vines and the occasional loofah, a gourd-looking plant that can be cleaned and used in the bath.

We passed a vegetable garden where brassica plants (kale, broccoli and the like) were still growing, and he explained that the garden has plans for a new outdoor kitchen to host cooking demos and other events...

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