Celebrating 70 years of service to the Arizona American Indian community this year, the Phoenix Indian Center has announced a special benefit concert featuring artists from Canyon Records of Phoenix, Arizona; one of the oldest independent record labels in the music industry. Proceeds will benefit and support the Center’s mission of serving the American Indian community with culturally relevant youth services, language and cultural revitalization programs, education and workforce development.
Founded in 1947 under the leadership of Leon Grant, Omaha Indian Tribe, the Phoenix Indian Center is the oldest American Indian non-profit organization of its kind in the United States, formed as an outgrowth of American Indian people moving to urban Phoenix not only to sell their crafts and goods but as a result of U.S. Government public policy. Since its beginning, the Center has served more than 1 million customers, and continues to serve well over 7,000 individuals annually through direct services and more than 20,000 through related outreach services.
“What an honor it is to continue to build on the vision of our founder, Leon Grant,” said Phoenix Indian Center’s executive director, Patricia Hibbeler. “From the beginning, it has been the Center’s priority to support our American Indian community with services that enrich and enable our people to persevere. We are grateful to partner with Canyon Records to produce an exclusive one-night performance featuring internationally renowned artists, celebrating the Center’s 70 year history” added Hibbeler.
The one-night exclusive benefit concert will take place on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the historic Phoenix Indian Boarding School Memorial Hall located at the Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix, Arizona. The two-plus hour set will include a mix of performances by 5-time world hoop dance champion and recording artist, Tony Duncan, recording artist Jay Begaye, international performers Yellow Bird Dancers, with more artists to be announced.
“As a long-standing supporter of the Phoenix Indian Center, it is our honor to partner in this meaningful event,” said Robert Doyle, founder of Canyon Records. “Our artists have been featured over the years in the Center’s many programs and it is fitting that we celebrate their 70th anniversary with music and dance,” added Doyle.