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 October 25, 2011

San Diego Center for Children Dedicates New Music Center to Longtime Music Director 
Contacts: Vince Heald ( – 858-453-9600
Anya Moberly ( – 858-453-9600
San Diego, Ca – San Diego Center for Children honored Sundiata Kata, longtime music director, at a ribbon cutting ceremony that took place on Thursday, October 20th 2011. The new Sundiata Kata Music Center will allow for more children and teens to participate in beneficial music activities. The expansion was helped in part by a $45,000 grant that was presented by the San Diego Women’s Foundation earlier this year. 
The ribbon cutting event included performances by children and teens at The Center, including solo pieces and dance routines. Mayor Jerry Sanders attended and presented a city proclamation commemorating October 20, 2011 as Sundiata Kata Day in San Diego. A representative from Supervisor Ron Roberts’ office also served a proclamation honoring this day as Sundiata Kata Day in San Diego County.  Additionally, Councilwoman Lorie Zapf commented on how many lives Kata had positively influenced throughout the past four decades.
Music Director Sundiata Kata has worked at the San Diego Center for Children for more than 42 years and has harnessed the power of music and rhythm to help Center students adopt new ways of dealing with their anger, emotions and suffering. The powerful inspiration of music is changing the lives of children at the San Diego Center for Children, restoring trust and hope in children who have suffered abuse, trauma, or have severe emotional and behavioral problems. Through music, these children are coping with their pain and aggressions. 
The musical activities help reduce stress and were developed to be a creative outlet for the challenging emotions that the children process on a daily basis. Through the San Diego Center for Children’s hands-on music program, children and adolescents can express themselves and sense feelings of accomplishment. Kata sees more than 100 students each week, having them participate in drum circles and choir. He and his staff provide jazz and rock music lessons, and teach students express creatively what they've seen in their lives through an apt musical form: the blues.
About San Diego Center for Children: The San Diego Center for Children helps children thrive whose trauma, abuse or mental health challenges are delaying their school or community success. Founded in 1887, the San Diego Center for Children is San Diego’s oldest accredited non-profit helping children.  The Center is a leader in providing mental health and academic programs to special needs children in the community. Additional information about the San Diego Center for Children and all of its programs is available through its website,

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