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 is the South’s leading rotating public sculpture exhibition.

The Helis Foundation, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and The City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways work together to bring interesting and inspiring sculptures to the citizens of and visitors to New Orleans...

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“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...

Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires

at the CAC

On view November 2, 2019 through June 14, 2020 @ the Contemporary Arts Center

Continuing the Contemporary Arts Center’s (CAC) commitment to presenting cutting-edge contemporary art from around the world, and highlighting women artists, the CAC’s visual arts 2019 exhibition season begins with the critically-acclaimed Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires, on view from November 2, 2019 through June 14, 2020...

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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...

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...