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Randy Kemp notches Leon Grant Spirit of the Community Award at Phoenix Indian Center

Renowned painter, printmaker, and award-nominated flute player Randy Kemp, above, is being honored with the Leon Grant Spirit of the Community Award later this month. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress)
Artist Randy Kemp to receive award at Silver & Turquoise Ball in Phoenix
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Renowned painter, printmaker and award-nominated flute player Randy Kemp — Choctaw/Muscogee-Creek/Euchee — will be honored with the Leon Grant Spirit of the Community Award at the 40th Silver & Turquoise Ball, presented by Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise.

The sold-out fundraising event will take place on Oct. 20 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, with the theme “Celebrating Our Voices.”

The Leon Grant Spirit of the Community Award was established in 2013 to recognize an individual or organization for their service, commitment, and dedication to the greater good of the American Indian community, according to a press release.

It is named for Leon Grant, Phoenix Indian Center’s first executive director and one of its founding members, the release states.

“Through his multidisciplinary artistic endeavors, Randy has exemplified the concept of Celebrating Our Voices,” said Jolyana Begay-Kroupa, CEO of Phoenix Indian Center. “His artwork has been exhibited around the world; he has produced, lent his voice to, and directed significant events benefitting our Native youth; and has recorded award-nominated music. I can’t think of a more worthy recipient of this award.”

Silver & Turquoise Ball will feature both silent and live auctions featuring American Indian art, jewelry, gifts and services from local businesses. Chairman Robert Miguel of the Ak-Chin Indian Community and Dr. Christine Wiggs, staff vice president of Community & Health Advancement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona, will serve as event co-chairs.

The auction is co-chaired by art consultant Christy Vezolles and artist Garrett Etsitty (Navajo). Guests will also enjoy live entertainment and an Indigenous-inspired dinner curated by featured chef Denella Belin (Navajo).

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