SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Two members of the Oregon Arts Commission have resigned after the agency's 19-year director was fired.
Royal Nebeker and Henry Sayre left their volunteer positions on Friday. Nebeker tells the Statesman Journal that the termination of Christine D'Arcy wasn't the only factor in his decision to leave. Sayre says he left because the board wasn't consulted about the decision. Both said they opposed the move.
D'Arcy says she was told that her superiors at the Oregon Business Development Department have a "different vision" for the arts commission. A spokesman for the department, which handles economic development, didn't elaborate on the new vision but said D'Arcy's replacement might have different duties.
The arts commission distributes grants to programs ranging from the Oregon Ballet Theater to Salem's World Beat Festival.