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:

Young Audiences of Louisiana Baby Artsplay!™ at the Museum

Presented by The Helis Foundation

Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA) in partnership with The Helis Foundation expanded their successful early learning program, Baby Artsplay!™, to eight cultural institutions across the city of New Orleans. Beginning in the spring of 2017, Baby Artsplay!™ was offered as a series of six free 30-minute workshops held weekly to engage young children ages 12-24 months and their caregivers in research-based performing arts experiences that support their cognitive, physical, and social development...

“The Wave of the World”

Lynda Benglis

Following the 1984 New Orleans World’s Fair, a fountain sculpture created by world-renowned avant-garde artist Lynda Benglis sat hidden for decades in a former sewage treatment plant in City of Kenner outside of New Orleans...

Basquiat and the Bayou

Presented by The Helis Foundation

Basquiat and the Bayou Presented by The Helis Foundation was a once in a lifetime exhibition of ten paintings and drawings by Jean‐Michel Basquiat that considered the work of this important artist in light of his relationship to the American South...

Gallier Hall Art Restoration

New Orleans Tricentennial

The City of New Orleans will celebrate the 300th Anniversary of its founding in 2018. In celebration of the 1918 Bicentennial, the city undertook a full renovation of St. Louis Cathedral. In keeping with this tradition of large scale legacy projects at centennial milestones, Mayor Mitch Landrieu has proposed the full restoration and preservation of historic Gallier Hall in advance of 2018...

Artist-in-Residence Program

The NOCCA Institute

The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts’ world-class program is based on the master-apprentice approach to education, and the Artist-in-Residence Program (AIR) is a fundamental training tool.  Lead program support by The Helis Foundation helps faculty bring in 75 – 100 master artists annually...

The Helis Foundation Ovation Program

New Orleans Ballet Association

Since 1992, NOBA has made the art of dance accessible to underserved youth and their families with over 5,000 tuition-free dance classes and activities annually provided through meaningful partnerships with institutions in neighborhoods throughout the Greater New Orleans area...