Ever wondered if the creative arts have the power to change the world?
We at NEWorks (pronounced 'new works') are convinced they do. And, as one of the nation's premier creators of impact-arts programming and entertainment, we produce music, concert events, theatrical productions, video documentaries, art exhibitions, educational initiatives, cultural festivals, and other signature works to reflect the change we seek in our community.
From all indications, our mission appears to be working… and growing! Since our founding in 2003, our projects have reached a global audience topping ten million people on three continents.
Standout projects include: the television documentary, "Becoming Douglass Commonwealth" (winner of ten media prizes); the award-winning new musical, GRACE; the touring theatrical production, STIRRING THE WATERS ACROSS AMERICA; the Kennedy Center performance series, "Joyful Sounds" and "Music: A Force for Mending"; the award-winning viral video, "I Have A Right To Vote"; and, the national photo exhibition, "West Side/South Side."
Much of our work is developed in collaboration with leading humanitarian, educational, arts, and cultural institutions, including: the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Fulton County Arts & Culture, The Franklin Institute, American Cancer Society, Georgetown University, Oberlin College, Ithaca College, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Embassies of India, France, and the People's Republic of South Africa, the United States Embassy in Cairo, Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival, Washington National Opera, National Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, and Philadelphia Orchestra.
But none of our 'NEWorks' would be possible if folks like you don't see value in what we do. That's why we're glad you've visited our site and, now that you're here, we hope you'll stay connected with us.
(Pictured above: Community-wide Spirituals Sing, The Kennedy Center, 2015 | Photo Credit: Chuck Frink)
...like our educational program, STAR RHAPSODY @ The Franklin Institute's Fels Planetarium, Philadelphia, 2017 (Photo credit: Jordan August)
...like our WEST SIDE/SOUTH SIDE touring photo exhibition mounted in Atlanta, Philadelphia, & Washington, D.C., 2018 (Photo credit: Jordan August)
...like the PARTNERING FOR LIFE health and wellness tour we developed with the American Cancer Society (Photo credit: courtesy of the ACS)
...like the U.S. Conference on AIDS, Vital Voices, Susan G. Kolman, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Good Will, Food & Friends, and Bread for the City (Photo credit: NEWorks)
...like our traveling in-school assembly highlighting the life and impact of human rights pioneer Octavius B. Catto (Photo credit: courtesy of the Mann Center)
...like our partner project with the Embassy of India, "Reflections On Peace: from Gandhi to King," curated to mark the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington, 2017 (Photo credit: NEWorks)
NEWorks CEO Nolan Williams, Jr. is best described as a creative force. An award-winning artistic producer, American composer, and music director, the multi-hyphenate Williams has dedicated his professional career to the curation of works that illuminate issues of civil rights, social justice, and cultural curiosities.
His body of work includes choral/orchestral works premiered by major American orchestras; music for television; songwriting credits on two Grammy-nominated projects; arts and educational festivals produced in partnership with The Kennedy Center and Philadelphia’s Mann Center; cultural programming developed with the Smithsonian, U.S. State Department, and the Embassies of India, France and South Africa; video/documentary projects; and a slate of theatrical productions, including his new musical, GRACE, that premiered earlier this year at the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Concerning his music, The Philadelphia Inquirer asserts, "Williams has a musical language all his own. It brims with vernacular American optimism..."
In recognition of his broader artistic work and impact, he was named The Kennedy Center’s inaugural Social Practice Resident in 2019 and was presented, in the same year, The Kennedy Center’s National Performing Arts Committee’s 2019 Arts Advocacy Award. In the past two years, Nolan's work has earned ten Telly Awards for global excellence in television and video.
Learn more at nolanwilliamsjr.com.
(Photo Credit: Marvin Joseph)