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:

Evenings with Enrique

Enjoy Art & Free Outdoor Entertainment Every Wednesday in April at the New Orleans Botanical Garden

Guests of all ages may safely enjoy viewing outdoor historic sculptures, a garden tour, food and entertainment every Wednesday in April in The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Botanical Garden (NOBG) to celebrate the bi-annual event “Evenings with Enrique.” During “Evenings with Enrique,” NOBG will safely welcome visitors into The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden to view the sculptures under enhanced lighting and fire baskets suspended from the branches of the live oak trees while enjoying music from local Latin artists...

Child playing with waterfall at Louisiana Children's Museum

FirstLine Schools / Louisiana Children’s Museum Partnership

THF Supports Education Initiative

In September 2020, The Helis Foundation provided funding for a New Orleans school to operate and host in-classroom learning at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. In-person learning for Langston Hughes Academy, a FirstLine School, began Wednesday, September 23 for kindergarten and Thursday, September 24 for pre-kindergarten scholars at the Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans City Park...

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

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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...

Danae Brissonet mural


Presented by The Helis Foundation

Collection of Large-Scale Murals in Downtown New Orleans Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation, a project of Arts Council New Orleans, brings the vibrancy of New Orleans Arts District from the gallery walls into the streets...