Nolan has a long history of developing multifaceted programming that pairs performance, educational and visual arts projects to maximize social impact. He has developed this programming in collaboration with a rich roster of arts organizations, cultural institutions, and celebrity luminaries including (but not limited to): The Kennedy Center, National Symphony Orchestra and National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.; the Mann Center, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Zoo, and The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA; Fulton County Arts & Culture, the Woodruff Arts Center and the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta, GA; the Constitutional Rights Foundation in Los Angeles, CA; the Bohemian Foundation in Denver, CO; the U.S. State Department and U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt; the Embassies of India and the People's Republic of South Africa in the United States; actor/author Hill Harper; celebrity Chef Carla Hall; international operatic soprano Denyce Graves; multi-Grammy® Award-winner Ladysmith Black Mambazo; acclaimed South African puppeteer Janni Younge (of Handspring Puppet Company), and pioneering NASA astronaut Colonel Guion Bluford, Jr. His work also includes collaborations with scores of middle, high school and collegiate academic institutions.
Scroll below to learn more about his curations from 2010 to present day.
A digital arts campaign conceived and curated by Nolan Williams, Jr. to raise civic awareness and civic engagement, anchored by 'I Have A Right To Vote', Nolan's voting rights anthem and viral video that garnered over 1.2 million views during the 2020 national election cycle
The award-winning live chat series on Facebook and Instagram about food history, culinary traditions and family legacy that has reached over 500,000 globally | Co-hosted by Chef Carla Hall and Nolan Williams, Jr.
A year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing with programming in Washington, D.C., Prince George's County, MD and Philadelphia, PA | Conceived and curated by Nolan Williams, Jr.
A year-long celebration of the life and musical impact of Leonard Bernstein with programming in Philadelphia, PA, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, GA. | Curated and curated by Nolan Williams, Jr.
A national photographic exhibition exploring American cultural diversity, recognizing both its triumphs and challenges. | Conceived and curated by Nolan Williams, Jr.
A six-month project inspired by the 75th birthday of pioneering NASA Astronaut, Colonel Guion Stewart Bluford, Jr. | Conceived and curated by Nolan Williams, Jr.
A five-month multicultural celebration of the human spirit's boundless capacity for good, imagination, creativity, and freedom. | Conceived and curated by Nolan Williams, Jr.
A seven-month series of signature performances and community events exploring themes of racial reconciliation, social justice and equality. | Conceived and curated by Nolan Williams, Jr.
A six-month festival celebrating Douglass, King, and Mandela, the powerful movements they led, and their increasingly relevant messages regarding human rights, voting rights, and freedom from enslavement. | Conceived and curated by Nolan Williams, Jr.
A seven-month, citywide project celebrating the life and legacy of civil rights pioneer Octavius Catto and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. | Curated by Nolan Williams, Jr.
A weekend-long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington anchored by a global concert of peace on The National Mall | Co-produced by Nolan Williams, Jr.
A nine-day festival celebrating the rich history and national heritage of gospel music and other African American sacred music forms. | Curated and co-produced by Nolan Williams, Jr.