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:

Child playing with waterfall at Louisiana Children's Museum

FirstLine Schools / Louisiana Children’s Museum Partnership

The Helis Foundation Supports Museum 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...

Louisiana Culture Care Fund Established

The Helis Foundation Partners with Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to Contribute to Emergency Relief Grants Program

Major gift allows LEH to support more cultural organizations in the New Orleans area during critical time of need

The Helis Foundation has joined forces with the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to help protect New Orleans’ critical cultural institutions and organizations by contributing a major gift to the LEH’s Louisiana Culture Care Fund...

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...


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...