The primary mission of The Helix Center is to draw together leaders from distinct spheres of knowledge in the arts and sciences for interdisciplinary roundtables, the unique format of which potentiates new ideas, new questions, and facilitates emergent creative qualities of mind less possible in conventional collaborations. Such a drawing together of leaders of various disciplines irrespective of their academic affiliation allows the Helix Center to function as a kind of university without walls.

Its accompanying website engages a global community in high-level discourse through live webcasts and continuing discussions arising from each roundtable.

The Helix Center also provides educational outreach through poetry discussions and music programs made available to teachers and schools.

The center is a 501(c)(3)–i.e., tax-exempt, non-profit–organization.

All Helix Center events, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public.