About The Helis Foundation

Advancing access to the arts and continuing a family legacy of philanthropic support to the New Orleans community.

The Helis Foundation is a Louisiana private foundation, established and funded by the William Helis Family. The Helis Foundation’s resources and objectives are divided into two areas: the general fund, and the Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin Art Funds. The general fund focuses on community needs primarily within the Metropolitan New Orleans area by granting funds to numerous local nonprofit organizations.

The Art Funds were established by bequests from Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin. The Art Funds make grants to sustain operations, to provide free admission to, and to acquire significant art works on behalf of major institutions within the Metropolitan New Orleans area. The Art Funds also underwrite major initiatives and special projects, such as Prospect.3’s Basquiat and the Bayou presented by The Helis Foundation, the ongoing Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation, the installation of Lynda Benglis’ The Wave of the World in City Park, The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden, Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection presented by The Helis Foundation organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art, and The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Tricentennial Exhibition, Art of the City: Post Modern to Post Katrina. In 2020, The Helis Foundation presents Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires at the Contemporary Arts Center and Melvin Edwards: Crossroads at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

In 2019, the Foundation also launched the first large-scale mural exhibit: Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation, a collection of five murals in Downtown New Orleans in partnership with the Arts Council New Orleans and unveiled the first Southern U.S. commission by internationally acclaimed artist Fujiko Nakaya at the new Louisiana Children’s Museum campus in New Orleans City Park.

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The Helis Foundation accepts funding requests from 501(c)3 organizations on a rolling basis. Please review the website thoroughly prior to inquiring regarding funding. Organizations interested in funding can direct all inquiries to info@thehelisfoundation.org.

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