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:

Art & A/C

Art & A/C

Beat the Heat with Art & A/C 

Each summer, Louisiana residents may escape the heat and enjoy free admission to select area museums courtesy of The Helis Foundation’s Art & A/C program...

John T. Scott

The Helis Foundation John Scott Center

The Helis Foundation is proud to announce the opening of The Helis Foundation John Scott Center at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH). Spanning 6,000 square feet, the center is a community hub of interactive innovative exhibits, programs, and experiences inspired by artist, educator, and humanist John T...

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...