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:

fujiko nakaya fog sculpture

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...

B Mike exhibit at Newcomb

Newcomb Art Museum School Tours

supported by The Helis Foundation

The Helis Foundation is pleased to support the Newcomb Art Museum through free school tours and virtual tours. As the museum’s educational sponsor, The Helis Foundation is helping to offer free tours with educational activities, transportation, and lunches to school classes in Orleans and Jefferson Parish...

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)...

The Wave of the World | Credit: Crista Rock

“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...