It is much easier today than it was Wednesday to find the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus at 225 E. Duval St.
Four large window shade murals were installed Thursday at the First United Methodist Education Building, where the chorus’s administration offices and rehearsal space are located.
The chorus moved Downtown five years ago and it was time to do something to beautify the neighborhood, said Executive Director Darren Dailey.
“And it’s going to make it easy for people to find the chorus,” he said.
The models for the shades are members of the chorus and were selected to show the chorus’s broad age range, as well as gender and ethnic diversity. Dailey said the installation is the first phase of a three-phase project. It was funded by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous whom Dailey described as a “longtime Jacksonville philanthropist and a big fan of the chorus.”
Phase two will be illuminating the front of the building with LED lights and the final phase is enhanced landscaping in the church’s parking lot on the south side of Duval Street.
The new urban art had its first official exhibition last night when chorus members and their parents arrived for rehearsal.
“I can’t wait to see the looks on the kids’ faces when they see this,” Dailey said as the workers were wrapping up the job and picking up their orange cones.