Nolan has a long history of developing multifaceted programming that pairs performance, educational and visual arts projects with social impact initiatives. He has developed this programming in collaboration with a rich roster of arts and cultural institutions 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; Fulton County Arts & Culture and the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta; 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; scores of middle, high school and collegiate academic institutions; and luminaries like 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, and pioneering NASA astronaut Colonel Guion Bluford, Jr.
Scroll below to learn more about his curations from 2010 to present day.
A digital arts campaign to raise civic awareness and civic engagement anchored by the viral video, 'I Have A Right To Vote' (over one million views) | Conceived and curated by Nolan Williams, Jr.
A live chat series on Facebook and Instagram about food 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 life and music 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 performance 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 pioneers Octavius Catto and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. | Curated by Nolan Williams, Jr.
A nine-day festival celebrating the rich national heritage of gospel music and other African American sacred forms. | Curated and co-produced by Nolan Williams, Jr.