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:

Credit: Brett Duke, NOLA.com

The Helis Foundation Digital Systems Lead at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation (NOJHF) collection consists of over one million digital files that are integral to the cultural and musical history of New Orleans. The files include audio from the 1973 Jazz Fest, videos of Foundation events, historical and iconic photographs, and business records that document WWOZ’s stratospheric growth...

Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition

Presented by The Helis Foundation

Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation is the South’s leading rotating public sculpture exhibition.

The Helis Foundation, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and The City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways work together to bring interesting and inspiring sculptures to the citizens of and visitors to New Orleans...

B Mike exhibit at Newcomb

Art For All

Free Admission for Louisiana Residents to New Orleans Institutions

Wendo Brunoir, "If You Want to Swim, Go to Coney Island."

Louisiana Contemporary

Presented by The Helis Foundation

Louisiana Contemporary is an annual, statewide, juried exhibition established in 2012 by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to promote contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, provide exhibition space for the work of living artists and engage an audience that recognizes the vibrant visual culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center...