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Our Mission Statement

The WorldBeat Center is a nonprofit multi-cultural arts organization that is dedicated to promoting, preserving, and celebrating the African Diaspora & Indigenous cultures of the world. Through consciousness raising, we strive to promote peace within our San Diego community by providing ongoing programs and services that nurture the spirit of children, the elderly, and everything in between.

About the WorldBeat cultural Center

Creating Unity Through Diversity

Since our founding nearly thirty years ago, our doors have been open every day to all people as a place to celebrate all cultures, art, music, dance, and people – regardless of color or creed.

Through our doors, you’ll find murals by local artists brightly commemorating important leaders and historical cultures, multiple galleries and small shops serving healthy local foods, locally sourced goods, and a gallery of art and artifacts. Flags of all nations fly from the ceiling, while the stage and dance floor have hosted hundreds of famous and upcoming acts, artists, and events over the years.

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Our Healing Peace Garden

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What is the Healing Peace Garden?

WorldBeat Center’s Healing Peace Garden is an urban oasis featuring countless rare edible and medicinal plants that hold cultural significance. The garden was designed as a special place to help teach our community about the healing role of plants in society.

Today, the garden acts as an Outdoor Classroom and offers a wide variety of programs at the Garden, including citizen science through Celebrate Urban Birds, school tours, Summer Camp programs, internship programs, workshops, events and STEM research projects. As the first sustainable, edible garden in Balboa Park, this unique spot is also a Certified Monarch Waystation and a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

Why the Healing Peace Garden was Created
Why the Healing Peace Garden was Created
Why the Healing Peace Garden was Created
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Why the Healing Peace Garden was Created

Why was the Healing Peace Garden created?

Designed to educate families about healthy foods and provide access to green spaces, the garden acts as a welcoming quiet sanctuary for all of our visitors. In addition, thanks to the Noise Project an NSF grant research project (No. #DRL-1811234) we have identified the Garden as a “healing garden” or “noise refuge” that serves as a buffer zone and sanctuary against the surrounding urban noise pollution and a place to destress and relax.

Currently, we are working towards developing an extension to the garden dedicated to children, the “Enchanted Children’s Sound Garden”. Reach out if you would like to support.

How can I visit Healing Peace Garden?

The Garden welcomes K-12 schools, college groups as well as homeschool families for planned workshops and tours. We also welcome bookings through the Healing Gardens website and private tours can also be arranged. The garden is also open for special collaborative events and workshops throughout the year.

A Taste of Africa 2022

Taste of Africa brought a wonderful celebration of African food, music and culture. It brought the community together. WorldBeat Center wanted to welcome the African Diaspora and build a community with the African Diaspora. We wanted to support local African...

Earth Day Plant Music Concert

Join us for a one-of-a-kind music concert, like nothing you have experienced before.  This year’s event will feature 5 different plants playing music, creating a concerto for those in attendance. The concert will be led by plant music therapist and sound healer,...

PBS Special: ‘American Spring Live’, Featuring WorldBeat Cultural Center

We are so excited to announce that WorldBeat Cultural Center will be featured in an upcoming broadcast by PBS Nature showcasing a Celebrate Urban Birds event, a citizen science project by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. How cool is that? We were so thrilled to have...

Black History Month: Celebrating Science and Inventions

Greetings WorldBeat Family, It's been months of whirlwind events, from Kwanzaa in December to Alternative New Years and before we knew it Martin Luther King Jr Day in full effect. All events were very well attended. A week later the WorldBeat crew went to Ithaca, NY...

Celebrating Kwanzaa with our Youth.

Celebrating Kwanzaa at WorldBeat Center

Drumming in the New Years!

Drumming in the New Year with Christine Stevens and friends. We handed out over 100 drums to the crowd and everyone played along for the New Years. The energy was raised the such a high level that we kept drumming for hours!

Fire Ceremony at NYE celebration

After the New Years celebration we did our traditional fire ceremony were we burn our fears & wishes for the new year. We stayed up until dawn to catch the new years Sun.

About Our Founder

The WorldBeat Cultural Center was founded by Makeda Cheatom in 1993. It’s first location was an annex in Old Town and San Diego and in 1995 WorldBeat Center was granted entry to its current location in Balboa Park.

Her dream began with the complete transformation and revitalization of a then-abandoned water tower on the edge of Balboa Park in the heart of downtown. Complete with colorful murals, art galleries, and peaceful gardens, the Center has since become one of the most important multicultural art and event centers in San Diego.

Since the Center’s founding, Makeda has produced hundreds of programs and presented artists from wide cultural genres represented within the cultural center. Makeda has received numerous awards for her service to the community, and in 2012, she was inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame.

"Music, Art and Dance will unite and heal the world."


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