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:

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...

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...

fujiko nakaya fog sculpture

Fujiko Nakaya Fog Sculpture

Visit Artist Fujiko Nakaya’s First Permanent Commission in American South at the Louisiana Children’s Museum

When visitors approach the new Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans City Park, they’re welcomed across a footbridge by an ethereal sculptural fog environment—the first permanent installation by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya in the American South and only the second in the U.S...

Master’s Program in Curatorial Practice and Exhibition Management

at Xavier University

The Helis Foundation awarded a grant to Xavier University of Louisiana to develop a new degree program leading to a Master’s in Curatorial Practice and Exhibition Management. At a time when museums and galleries are examining the ways they present history and culture, this grant will fund the development of a new degree program designed to increase diversity in the field of curatorial practices and museums...

Art For All

Free Admission for Louisiana Residents to New Orleans Institutions

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Ogden Museum exhibit opening on August 2, 2019 in New Orleans, La. Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

Louisiana Contemporary

Presented by The Helis Foundation

Louisiana Contemporary is an annual, state-wide, 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...