What We Fund
Evenings with Enrique
Evenings with Enrique is held every Wednesday in April and October, 5–8 p.m. at the New Orleans Botanical Garden. Guests may enjoy extended hours, strolling through the Garden’s 2,000 blooming flowers and plants from around the world while listening to live music and savoring food and beverages. The event is free for Louisiana residents courtesy of The Helis Foundation.
Evenings with Enrique launched in 2016. The series pays homage to renowned artist Enrique Alférez who has over 20 sculptures featured in The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden, an 8,000 sq. ft. park featuring Alférez’s works set within sweeping footpaths surrounded by lush tropical flowers and shrubs.
2023 Musical Lineup
5:00 - 7:30 pm: Arpa + 4 guests from Guatemala
5:00 - 6:00 pm: Geovanne Santos trío - Brazil
6:20 - 7:30 pm - Manuel Arteaga trío - Venezuela
5:00 - 7:30 pm: Vivaz Quartet - Bolivia
5:00 - 7:30 pm: Son Mandao trío - Cuba
About the Artist
Alférez was a Mexican American artist who lived in New Orleans for almost 70 years. He was active during the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and his sculptures can be found throughout New Orleans, including Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition, and throughout City Park.
Fans of Alférez’s work can also purchase Enrique Alférez: Sculptor by Katie Bowler Young at the Oscar J. Tolmas Center, the entrance to the Botanical Garden. Published by The Historic New Orleans Collection in 2021, the book chronicles the life of the preeminent artist and was made possible with support from The Helis Foundation and members of The Historic New Orleans Collection’s 2019 Bienville Circle and Laussat Society.