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:


To commemorate International Sculpture Day on April 30th, The Helis Foundation announces Sculpture504, a celebration of public sculpture around New Orleans. From City Park to Downtown to New Orleans East, the city boasts eye-catching, beautiful public sculpture for anyone in our community to enjoy...

Ayo Scott "Lessons" Mural


Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation, a project of the  Arts Council New Orleans launched in summer 2019 with the unveiling of five new murals throughout the Arts District New Orleans. Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation is the first multi-mural exhibition of large scale artwork in Downtown New Orleans...

Art For All

Free Admission for Louisiana Residents to New Orleans Institutions