Center's own history is wrought with struggle. Self-determination has
been our motto.
WorldBeat Center has made raising awareness of
indigenous world cultures and inclusiveness central to all aspect of
our programming. For more that ten years, the WBC has held classes in
cultural music and drumming for disabled individuals.
of each year have been dedicated to raise awareness about great
leaders, artists, activists and scientists, such as Rev Dr Martin
Luther King Jr. Day, Marcus Garvey Day, a day in Tribute to Audre
Lorde and a day in Tribute to Bob Marley and all the Reggae Legends.
WBC includes free festivals and cultural celebrations in our annual
programming each year, including Kwanzaa, Earth Day and the
International Dance Festival/Day of the Drum.
resident artist and companies teach ongoing classes for adults and
children in cultural drumming and dance; African; Taiko; Egyptian;
and Brazilian Samba. Opportunities for the artists to showcase their
creative work is one of the WorldBeat Center perks and serves the
mission to raise awareness through music, dance, art, and cultural
This year, the WBC is continuing to develop and implement
programming through gardening and nutrition and is proud to continue
to rally community support around the Children's Ethno-Botanical
Garden. This special Garden is inspired by Dr Kweku Andoh and
partners with University of San Cruz's Life Laboratory and the
Alliance Healthcare Foundation to teach science and nutrition to youth
WorldBeat Center has a presence in our sister city
Tijuana and, and in partnering together with WBC Tijuana to present
“Tribute to Reggae Legends”. This collaborative effort is
raising awareness about the African presence in Mexico and has
located Mexican groups in Vera Cruz and other cities who perform
WorldBeat Center has presented its 2nd Annual
Afrikan Mental Liberation Film Festival curated by Dr Kweku
Person-Lynn. This year we celebrated the Ethiopian Millennium on the
traditional day. Our media arts department is active in training
interns from the local high schools in radio and television.
young to old, for persons on both sides of the border, and for
persons of every race, color and ethnicity, the WorldBeat Center
represents a unique platform for coming together in a shared
celebration of unity, diversity and community.