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:

Evenings with Enrique

Enjoy Art & Free Outdoor Entertainment Every Wednesday in April at the New Orleans Botanical Garden

Guests of all ages may safely enjoy viewing outdoor historic sculptures, a garden tour, food and entertainment every Wednesday in April in The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Botanical Garden (NOBG) to celebrate the bi-annual event “Evenings with Enrique.” During “Evenings with Enrique,” NOBG will safely welcome visitors into The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden to view the sculptures under enhanced lighting and fire baskets suspended from the branches of the live oak trees while enjoying music from local Latin artists...

Danae Brissonet mural


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.

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...

melvin edwards tengenenge

“Melvin Edwards: Crossroads”

On View at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art February 8 to July 5, 2020

Melvin Edwards: Crossroads explores the cross-cultural connections in Melvin Edward’s work from 1977 to the present...

Le Musée de f.p.c. Free School Tours

The Helis Foundation is now supporting free field trips and transportation to up to 2,000 elementary and secondary school students throughout the Greater New Orleans area in 2020. Students may visit Le Musée de f.p.c., a house museum part of the McKenna Museums dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of free people of color, for free through the program...