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:

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...

B Mike exhibit at Newcomb

Art For All

Free Admission for Louisiana Residents to New Orleans Institutions


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...