Apollo 11: 50 Years Later was a year-long program of events in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, PA, and Prince George's County, MD. This stellar series of public performances, art exhibitions and educational programming—with Colonel Guion S. Bluford, Jr., first African American astronaut in space, as honorary chair—inspired audiences of all ages to learn about, celebrate, and draw inspiration from the Apollo 11 legacy.
The Kennedy Center
The Franklin Institute
National Museum of African American History & Culture
Nineteenth Street Baptist Church
M-NCPPC Prince George's County's Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Arts & Cultural Heritage
An immersive performance series featuring NEWorks-commissioned hip-hop songs, performed by Lemond 'IMAG' Brown with choreography by Shawn Cosby, that teach fundamental concepts of space science: the layers of the earth's atmosphere, gravitational force, air pressure, and rotational motion.
Two concert presentations of rare selections from Duke Ellington's same-titled project, conceived by Nolan, featuring the United States Army Blues. Performances were mounted at Harmony Hall (Fort Washington, MD) on April 9, 2019 and The Kennedy Center on April 14, 2019.
A NEWorks-commissioned jazz suite by celebrated jazz pianist Allyn Johnson to honor the legacy of the Apollo-11 'hidden figures.' This three-movement work was premiered by the United States Army Blues as part of the Blues in Orbit concert series.
Ethereality: Celestial Dreams & the Great Beyond was a choral/orchestral concert exploring the intersectionality of science and spirituality. Conceived and artistically directed by Nolan, the program featured contemporary classical works and stirring spiritual arrangements by composers of African descent performed by the Morgan State University and NEWorks Voices of America Choirs, stellar soloists, and the 60-member NEWorks Philharmonic Orchestra. Hosted by Denyce Graves. Saturday, October 12, 2019.
A photographic exhibition mounted at The Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, PA) from July 16 to August 27, 2019, featuring compelling works by students at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia). The exhibition captured students' vision for our world looking 50 years into the future. Barbara Proud, teaching artist.
View the video posted below to explore the exhibition.