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:

Unframed

Presented by The Helis Foundation

Five 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...

“Rose Crystal Tower” by Dale Chihuly

by Dale Chihuly

On Friday, November 1 2018, a large-scale sculpture by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly was unveiled in the plaza in front of the New Orleans Botanical Garden in New Orleans City Park...

Solidary and Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection

Presented by The Helis Foundation

Solidary and Solitary, drawn from the Joyner/Giuffrida collection, tells the history of art by African-American artists from the 1940s to the present moment. That story is a complicated one woven from the threads of debates about how to represent blackness; social struggle and change; and migrations and diasporas, particularly in relation to Africa, a recent area of expansion for the collection...

The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden

The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden is a special place in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. The sculpture garden celebrates the history, influence, and work of Mexican-American New Orleans artist Enrique Alférez (1901-1999)...

“The Wave of the World”

Lynda Benglis

Following the 1984 New Orleans World’s Fair, a fountain sculpture created by world-renowned avant-garde artist Lynda Benglis sat hidden for decades in a former sewage treatment plant in City of Kenner outside of New Orleans...