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 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...

The Jazz & Heritage Art Collection

Sponsored by The Helis Foundation

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation purchased the historic building at 1225 N. Rampart Street – the former Tharp-Sontheimer-Laudumiey Funeral Home – in 2008. After extensive planning, the foundation determined to use the space as the first permanent home of its free education program, the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, which has operated on local university campuses since its inception in 1990...

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...

Longue Vue Artist-In-Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence program at Longue Vue is inspired by a long-lasting dedication to the arts by the organization’s founders, Edith and Edgar Stern. The 2018 Artist-in-Residence, supported by a grant from The Helis Foundation, is Jamar Pierre...

WWOZ Tricentennial Music Moments

WWOZ is a listener-supported, volunteer-programmed community public radio station, internet broadcaster, and video producer. Its mission is to be the worldwide voice, archive, and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage...