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:

Master’s Program in Curatorial Practice and Exhibition Management

at Xavier University

The Helis Foundation awarded a grant to Xavier University of Louisiana to develop a new degree program leading to a Master’s in Curatorial Practice and Exhibition Management. At a time when museums and galleries are examining the ways they present history and culture, this grant will fund the development of a new degree program designed to increase diversity in the field of curatorial practices and museums...

“Rose Crystal Tower” by Dale Chihuly

by Dale Chihuly

On Friday, November 1 2018, a large-scale sculpture by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly was unveiled in the plaza in front of the New Orleans Botanical Garden in New Orleans City Park...


Presented by The Helis Foundation

Five Large-Scale Murals Unveiled in Downtown New Orleans Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation, a project of Arts Council New Orleans, brings the vibrancy of New Orleans Arts District from the gallery walls into the streets...

Art For All

Free Admission for Louisiana Residents to New Orleans Institutions


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

When The Historic New Orleans Collection celebrates the grand opening of its third campus at 520 Royal St. April 6 and 7, 2019, the site’s inaugural changing exhibition will immerse visitors in the city as seen through the eyes of its contemporary artists...