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Who We Are
WE'RE BRIDGE BUILDERS. Our journey began in 2015 as The Next Star Arts Program, a humble arts organization nestled in Eastern Henrico County, Virginia with a vision to empower children through the arts. Today, we’ve transformed into something greater, a dynamic 501(C )(3) organization for all ages known as Culture Encounters. Our core mission is unwavering: we exist to ignite cultural curiosity, knowledge, and appreciation within our region. Through the transformative power of the arts, shared experiences, and open dialogue, we aim to kindle the flames of understanding. It’s not just a mission; it’s a movement towards creating a more harmonious world. Our story is rooted in the vision of our founder, Amma Gatty, a Ghanaian immigrant. Amma’s dream was to forge a community where every individual felt welcomed and included. Today, we honor that dream by embracing diversity and celebrating the unique tapestry of cultures that enrich our lives.
But we’re not stopping here. Culture Encounters is on a path of growth and expansion. We’re not just changing Richmond; we’re changing the world. Our vision extends beyond borders, with plans to establish chapters across the nation and beyond. We’re nurturing a generation of culturally aware and interconnected individuals who deeply respect, appreciate, and celebrate one another. Join us on this remarkable journey, where the arts, shared experiences, and dialogue converge to build bridges of understanding. Together, we’re shaping a brighter future—one cultural encounter at a time.
What they’re saying about us
"Everyday I knew my child was in the best of hands and each afternoon she returned I enjoyed hearing about all the wonderful people she met. Hearing about the mouthwatering dishes that were on the menu set us on a journey to revisit some of these restaurants together to create new memories. Such a beautiful, enriched experience which helped my child ignite her writing skills."
"So amazing! Our girls are really enjoying the experience in ways they didn’t expect or anticipate - thank you for creating this opportunity for our community! It’s pretty special, and I’ve enjoyed all the photos (and the to-go boxes.)
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