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 Wave of the World”

Lynda Benglis

Following the 1984 New Orleans World’s Fair, a fountain sculpture created by world-renowned avant-garde artist Lynda Benglis sat hidden for decades in a former sewage treatment plant in City of Kenner outside of New Orleans...

New Orleans Film Fest

Free Screenings at the New Orleans Film Festival

The New Orleans Film Society discovers, cultivates, and amplifies diverse voices of filmmakers who tell the stories of our time. NOFS produces the Academy-accredited New Orleans Film Festival annually and to share transformative cinematic experiences with audiences...

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...

Basquiat and the Bayou

Presented by The Helis Foundation

Basquiat and the Bayou Presented by The Helis Foundation was a once in a lifetime exhibition of ten paintings and drawings by Jean‐Michel Basquiat that considered the work of this important artist in light of his relationship to the American South...

ArcAthens

Inaugural Residency Program

ARCAthens (Artist Residency Center Athens), is a new 501(c)(3) based in New York.  The Helis Foundation has joined ARCAthens as a Founding Patron in support of ARCAthens Pilot Program: Spring 2019.

“ARCAthens represents a unique opportunity for The Helis Foundation to honor the Helis family’s Greek heritage and their longstanding commitment to supporting the arts,” said David Kerstein, President of The Helis Foundation...