As one of the nation's premier producers of inspirational-arts programming, NEWorks Productions partners with leading humanitarian, educational, arts, and renowned institutions to produce music, concert productions, curatorial festivals, theatrical events, art exhibitions, educational initiatives, and other signature projects that leverage the power of music and the arts to educate, commemorate, uplift, and inspire.
Past and present partners include: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Fulton County Arts & Culture, 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.
Since our founding in 2003, our projects have reached a combined audience topping one million people on three continents.
(Pictured: Community-wide Spirituals Sing, The Kennedy Center, 2015 | Photo Credit: Chuck Frink)
NEWorks CEO Nolan Williams, Jr. is best described as a creative force. An award-winning artistic producer, American composer, music director and cultural curator, the multi-hyphenate Williams uses his art to commemorate, educate and uplift. 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, set to premiere at the historic Ford’s Theatre (Spring 2022).
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 one of The Kennedy Center’s inaugural Social Practice Residents in 2019 and was presented, in the same year, The Kennedy Center’s National Performing Arts Committee’s 2019 Arts Advocacy Award.
Most recently, Williams' inspiring work has garnered three 2021 Telly Awards Bronze Prizes including: Best Social Impact Video for his viral voting rights anthem, “I Have A Right To Vote” and Best Non-Scripted Online Series and Best Food & Beverage Online Series for his #ByGrace Live Chat Series, co-hosted by Williams and celebrity chef Carla Hall. These two award-winning projects -- produced in partnership with Dale A. Mott/Edgewood -- have, to date, reached a combined global audience of nearly two million.
A resident of Washington, D.C., Nolan is CEO of NEWorks Productions.
For more information, visit nolanwilliamsjr.com.
(Photo Credit: Marvin Joseph)