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:

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Louisiana Contemporary

Presented by The Helis Foundation

Louisiana Contemporary is an annual, statewide, 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...

Credit: Brett Duke, NOLA.com

The Helis Foundation Digital Systems Lead at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation (NOJHF) collection consists of over one million digital files that are integral to the cultural and musical history of New Orleans. The files include audio from the 1973 Jazz Fest, videos of Foundation events, historical and iconic photographs, and business records that document WWOZ’s stratospheric growth...

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...

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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...