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:

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...

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...

The Helis Foundation Collection

The Helis Foundation has strategically acquired artwork to be a part of The Helis Foundation Collection. The Helis Foundation Collection is comprised of artwork owned by the Foundation and displayed in public view...

Guns in the Hands of Artists

at The Aspen Ideas Festival

In 1996 gallery owner Jonathan Ferrara and artist Brian Borrello organized the first Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibition in New Orleans—transforming guns removed from the city’s streets into original works of art...

The Music Box Roving Village

Presented by The Helis Foundation

New Orleans Airlift is an artist driven initiative with the mission of collaborating to inspire wonder, connecting communities and fostering opportunity through the creation of experimental public art. In 2015 New Orleans Airlift announced its most ambitious musical architecture project to date – The Roving Village Residencies...