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WorldBeat Cultural Center

As a non-profit multi-cultural arts organization, we are dedicated to promoting, presenting, and preserving the African diaspora & indigenous cultures of the world through music, art, dance, education, sustainability, and technology.

We are located in beautiful Balboa Park in the heart of San Diego, California. Through consciousness raising, the WorldBeat Cultural Center promotes peace within our community by providing ongoing programs and services that nurture the spirit of children, the elderly, and everyone in between. Our main goal is to create unity within diversity.


The Time I Spent with Plants in WorldBeat Cultural Center, written by Lu Jiayi (‘Jennifer’), is her perspective of her work with plants playing music. (Yes, you read that right!)

Jennifer was a Chinese WBCC intern in the summer of 2019, and she currently studies Parks and Recreation Management at HNU-ASU Joint International Tourism College.

This article (May 2019) by Teresa Helgeson and Makeda Dread Cheatom speaks to how noise pollution is an issue of environmental justice for underserved communities.

Workplace noise exposure and the mitigating effects of nature are important topics of discussion in this article.

The WBCC uses a hand-held device which transmits electromagnetic variations emanating from plants into sound. So this is a way to hear nature’s symphonies!

In The Music of Plants—A Healing Sound, you can read about how Xiangyu Ren (Ruth) experimented with this device and hear plant music samples. Ruth, who was a visiting intern from the University of Shanghai in early 2019, is currently studying physics and exploring her potential career opportunities.

For more resources from the NOISE Project community, please visit our Resources page.