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:

Art For All

Free Admission for Louisiana Residents to New Orleans Institutions

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“Melvin Edwards: Crossroads”

**Note: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is temporarily closed. Click here to learn more.** On View at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art February 8 to July 5, 2020

Melvin Edwards: Crossroads explores the cross-cultural connections in Melvin Edward’s work from 1977 to the present...

Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires

at the CAC

On view November 2, 2019 through June 14, 2020 @ the Contemporary Arts Center

Continuing the Contemporary Arts Center’s (CAC) commitment to presenting cutting-edge contemporary art from around the world, and highlighting women artists, the CAC’s visual arts 2019 exhibition season begins with the critically-acclaimed Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires, on view from November 2, 2019 through June 14, 2020...

Le Musée de f.p.c. Free School Tours

The Helis Foundation is now supporting free field trips and transportation to up to 2,000 elementary and secondary school students throughout the Greater New Orleans area in 2020. Students may visit Le Musée de f.p.c., a house museum part of the McKenna Museums dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of free people of color, for free through the program...

The Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition

Presented by The Helis Foundation

The Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation was founded in 2013 as an initiative of non-profit organization, Sculpture for New Orleans, and has quickly become the South’s leading rotating public sculpture exhibition...