WINGED SOLAR DISC
Every Monday at noon disabled
individuals from all over the City of San Diego gather for an
hour-long music class.
The class lead by professional
multi-instrumentalist Dave Millard offers the students opportunities
to participate in drumming activities that range from pure rhythm, to
Latin beats and flute and vocal drum accompaniment. During the hour
that students are at the WorldBeat Cultural Center they practice
appropriate social behavior, they act as “mc” for their class and
they dance together for the sheer joy of it.
This year WorldBeat
Center has added a new component to the class where guest performers
(professional, world renown artists) are invited to participate in
leading a portion the workshop. Guest artists sing or dance for the
clients who, thus far seem to have absorbed the experience with a
resulting fine-tuning of their skills in social behavior. Among the
guest artists who have performed are Afro-Ecuadorian Group Azukar;
dancers and musicians from Ecuador, Cocoman of Panama and reggae
legend Pato Banton.
This program is affirmed with small miracles
everyday as we watch the students arrive earlier to have a meal prior
to the workshop, enthusiastically run from their bus into the Center
to greet a friend in anticipation of the class and who’s aids and
teachers shower the Center staff with stories about client
breakthroughs as far as participation goes, vocalizations,
comprehension, and improved socialization. The class is currently
comprised of students from the San Diego City Schools’ TRACE
Program, the Archdiocese, and other local programs for disabled
The WorldBeat Cultural Center’s Disabled Program is
approximately 60 students strong and growing.
Help us raise the funds needed to provide quality programing
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