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...
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...

“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)...