Friday, April 25, 2008
Darren Dailey hopes budget cuts don't dampen enthusiasm for the fine arts
When Darren Dailey became director of the Jacksonville Children's Chorus, he envisioned conducting a world-class choir in a metropolis ripening into a cultural gem.
He left Boston in 2006 after being bedazzled by the 4-year-old $22 million Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts in Orange Park, with its 1,750-seat auditorium. He turned down other job offers and moved his family to Eagle Harbor in Clay County for its reputable schools and quality of life.
But now he's second-guessing everything.
"The current climate worries me," said Dailey, who is cringing as cash-strapped schools throughout Northeast Florida consider slashing music programs and the state considers eliminating its Division of Cultural Affairs to meet budget.
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