What We Fund

The Helis Foundation is a Louisiana private foundation, established and funded by the William Helis Family.

The Art Funds of The Helis Foundation advance access to the arts for the community through contributions that sustain operations for, provide free admission to, and underwrite major exhibitions and projects of institutions within the Greater New Orleans area.

Explore The Helis Foundation’s major initiatives and special projects:

Unframed

Presented by The Helis Foundation

Arts Council New Orleans announces Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation, downtown New Orleans’ first multi-mural exhibition of large-scale artwork by local and international artists. With a focus on the epicenter of the Arts District’s museums and galleries, the initiative will commission a series of large-scale public murals, enhancing New Orleans’ reputation as a leading city for contemporary art...

Art For All: Free Admission to New Orleans Institutions

Courtesy of The Helis Foundation

The Helis Foundation is committed to providing access to New Orleans’ rich cultural heritage by underwriting free admission for all Louisiana residents at leading local institutions.

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The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden

The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden is a special place in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. The sculpture garden celebrates the history, influence, and work of Mexican-American New Orleans artist Enrique Alférez (1901-1999)...

“Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina”

presented by The Helis Foundation

History and contemporary art will interact to refresh perceptions of the city in the inaugural exhibition at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s new Seignouret-Brulatour Building, “Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina, presented by The Helis Foundation.”

The Crescent City’s endurance and resilience have given rise to a thriving contemporary art scene...

The Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition

Presented by The Helis Foundation

The Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation was founded in 2013 as an initiative of non-profit organization, Sculpture for New Orleans, and has quickly become the South’s leading rotating public sculpture exhibition...

Louisiana Contemporary

Presented by The Helis Foundation

Louisiana Contemporary is an annual, state-wide, juried exhibition established in 2012 by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to promote contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, provide exhibition space for the work of living artists and engage an audience that recognizes the vibrant visual culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center...