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:

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...

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...