THE ARTHUR Ã¢â‚¬Å“DADDYÃ¢â‚¬Â BRAGGS ARTIST FUND
Arthur Braggs was instrumental in bringing world class productions to the Paradise Club in Idlewild, Michigan during the 1950's and 1960's. Prior to Motown and desegregation Idlewild was an important entertainment and vacation destination spot for African Americans. Not only was Arthur Braggs instrumental in bringing acts to Idlewild during" the season" but in the winter months when Idlewild was no longer a destination spot, he took the "IDLEWILD REVIEW" on the road to places like New York City, Montreal, Kansas City, Chicago, and Mexico. Taking the show on the road was essential in promoting and attracting more people to Idlewild during the summer months. The Paradise club featured top chefs, waiter staff, and production staff. At that time African Americans were pretty much excluded from traveling freely to enjoy such entertainment in the US. Some of the performers that flourished under his watch were Jackie Wilson, Arthur Prysock, Della Reese, and The Four Tops. Choreographers and dancers such as, Julian Swain, Ziggy Johnson, Lon Fontaine, Bryant Fluckerprovided dance numbers for the Braggettes and the Fiesta Dolls were also able to enhance their careers through the opportunities Arthur Braggs and the "IDLEWILD REVIEW" provided. The reason it's important to honor him and the reason we are choosing to do so is because without his promotion of Idlewild, Michigan and his providing world-class entertainment Idlewild would not be as well known and some of the entertainers today may not be known. Also, the economic impact of taking the show on the road and promoting Idlewild was very important to the economic contribution and viability of Idlewild. Therefore, we are establishing "THE ARTHUR BRAGGS ARTIST FUNDÃ¢â‚¬Â to acknowledge his legacy of assisting upcoming young artists. Funds will be used toward the pursuit of their artistic goals and endeavors. A panel of former Arthur Braggs Paradise Club (Idelwild Review) performers and entertainers will select the young artists (ages 7 - 15) based on what determined criteria. Our priority will be in the area of training and promotion. Our goal is to light the creative flicker of a young mind and encourage them to change the world the way Arthur did.
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