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The Helis Foundation John Scott Center

An interactive hub at the crossroads of art, culture, and social change

photo by Cheryl Gerber

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The Helis Foundation John Scott Center is an interactive gathering space that fosters dialogue and cultivates community.

The center presents expansive ideas of heritage and symbolism interpreted through the lens of artist, educator, and humanist John T. Scott’s life, art, and legacy while promoting opportunities that nurture connections, enhance human potential, and drive social change.

Housed in Turners’ Hall, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ historic building in New Orleans’s central business and arts district, the center integrates arts and humanities programming unlike any other space in the Gulf South.

Fifty-one works of art in a 6,000-square-foot gallery space present Scott’s visionary approach to art, culture, and storytelling.

By examining his art, which uplifts historically excluded and marginalized voices, we immerse our local, national, and international audiences in the heritage, culture, and history underlying critical present-day issues from education and the environment to the movement for social justice

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Thank you to our donors

The LEH is deeply grateful to all capital campaign contributors, including The Helis Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and State of Louisiana for their visionary support of this project, which will have a meaningful and lasting impact on humanistic study in Louisiana.  Through their support, the LEH has been given the unique opportunity to develop a public space for exploring the humanities while elevating the legacy of an influential Louisiana artist.


Join us for Family Fun Day at The Helis Foundation John Scott Center

Join us at The Helis Foundation John Scott Center during the month of December for family fun! All month long the center will be offering free admission to Louisiana residents, and on December 10 we’ll be hosting a family activity day with arts and crafts, a Prime Time Family Reading session, and tours of the center.

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Applications open now for Gustave Blache III Art Scholarships

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the artist Gustave Blache III have partnered to offer the Gustave Blache III Art Scholarships for Aspiring Artists to support undergraduate and graduate students attending the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City.

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The Center to Host Livestream of Lecture on Reparations

On October 19 The Helis Foundation John Scott Center will host a watch event for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ 2022 Jefferson Lecture, “The Question of Reparations: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future.”

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