We are the next Star Arts Program dedicated to

Raising a generation of leaders who respect and celebrate

Cultures different from their own.

Our Story

Who we are

The Next Star Arts Program is a registered 501 (c ) (3) non-profit organization founded by Amma Gatty based in Richmond, VA. When Next Star opened its doors in September 2015, our founder had one primary goal in mind, to see children succeed in life. Her belief that every child is destined to accomplish great things if motivated in the right way is the driving force behind the organization’s mission. With the events of 2020, we slightly redirected our focus to developing valuable leadership skills in children that intentionally promote acceptance, appreciation and engagement with diverse cultures using the arts. What began as a local organization quickly evolved to become far-reaching when we pivoted to offering online programs and reaching children from all over the world. 

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Upcoming Classes & Events

Spring 2021(Saturdays in March): 'Create With A Native

This online event is open to children ages 6 & up.  It will feature a Musician, Dancers and  an Artist, from Ghana, Ireland, Scotland and South Africa. Open to kids 7 & up. The event dates will be May 15, May 22 and May 29, 2021. Click HERE to register

Summer 2021(Saturdays in May): 'Learn With A Native

This online series allows collaboration between children in the US and children around the world as they get together virtually to explore the arts. Open to kids 7 & up. Look out for details coming soon.

Summer 2021(August, date TBA): 'Cultural Exploration Day

oin us for this in-person, socially-distanced outdoor event. Visit stations manned by natives of various countries. Enjoy live music, cooking lessons, dance lessons, etc. Open to families. Registration required.

What people say?

Next Star testimonials!


Parent, UK

“When our world has shrunk due to the restrictions caused by the corona virus, Next Star enabled the world to open up again to my daughter, but in a fresh way. She had the opportunity to experience new cultures and traditions virtually, and to connect with new people. She now has an appreciation of how much bigger the world is than the usual places we inhabit - and of how much more of the world there is yet to explore! Thank you to the caring, skilled and professional team at Next Star - we are looking forward to the next set of adventures!”



“I enjoyed next star so much! every week was a new country and you got to learn about so many peoples cultures - the thing i liked most about it is, the fact that there is people from all over the world coming together to learn about country's/people/traditions, etc. im glad I don't need to give any negative feedback because everything was amazing!! and im 100% coming back next season :)”