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Tribute of the Muses recognizes locals in the art community

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The 23rd annual Tribute of the Muses focuses on recognizing the local people in the art community.

The theme for the event is Steampunk and there will be an award ceremony, a reception, and a silent auction.

“And it’s really a cool opportunity for the community to kind of recognize all the people that are giving back to the community especially doing things that they’re passionate about,” said Maria Mckivergan whose foundation won the Odyessey Award.

17 local artists have been nominated by the public for four different awards.

Julia Castillo won the Helios Award, the Mckivergan Foundation won the Odyssey Award, Rebecaa Shelby won the Apollo Award, and Randy Hoeft won the Muse Award.

The Mckivergan’s share what winning this award means to them.

“Really it’s a good reminder of community right because when you get people in the community that appreciate the stuff that you’ve given back to them this is sort of their opportunity to kind of recognizing it and allowing it to be sort of a part of each other… I don’t know it means a lot,” said Maria.

Other local artists like Emilia Verdugo were able to express why this event is so important to the art community.

“To me it’s very important because it promotes art and shows support to all the local artists… this is an event that all communities should have,” said Verdugo who was a nominee for the Muse Award.

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