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:

The Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition

Presented by The Helis Foundation

The Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation was founded in 2013 as an initiative of non-profit organization, Sculpture for New Orleans, and has quickly become the South’s leading rotating public sculpture exhibition...

fujiko nakaya fog sculpture

Fujiko Nakaya Fog Sculpture

Visit Artist Fujiko Nakaya’s First Permanent Commission in American South at the Louisiana Children’s Museum

When visitors approach the new Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans City Park, they’re welcomed across a footbridge by an ethereal sculptural fog environment—the first permanent installation by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya in the American South and only the second in the U.S...

Ogden Museum exhibit opening on August 2, 2019 in New Orleans, La. Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

Louisiana Contemporary

Presented by The Helis Foundation

Louisiana Contemporary is an annual, state-wide, 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

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...

Master’s Program in Curatorial Practice and Exhibition Management

at Xavier University

The Helis Foundation awarded a grant to Xavier University of Louisiana to develop a new degree program leading to a Master’s in Curatorial Practice and Exhibition Management. At a time when museums and galleries are examining the ways they present history and culture, this grant will fund the development of a new degree program designed to increase diversity in the field of curatorial practices and museums...

B Mike exhibit at Newcomb

Newcomb Art Museum School Tours

supported by The Helis Foundation

The Helis Foundation is pleased to support the Newcomb Art Museum through free school tours. As the museum’s educational sponsor, The Helis Foundation is helping to offer free tours with educational activities, transportation, and lunches to school classes in Orleans and Jefferson Parish...