The head of the Oregon Arts Commission says she’s left the organization.
Christine D’Arcy made the announcement in an email. She’s been with the commission for 19 years, and said it was time to move on, but did not indicate the reason.
Business Oregon, the agency that oversees the Arts Commission, called D’arcy’s departure a mutual decision made by the Commissioners, Business Oregon’s administrators, Board Members of the Cultural Trust, and D’Arcy herself, to seek new leadership. D’Arcy told OPB she was asked to leave.
The commission distributes arts funds from the federal government, and money raised for the arts by the Oregon Cultural Trust.
D’Arcy’s responsibilities included advocacy for arts funding, and overseeing the grant process.
She served under both Governors Kitzhaber and Kulongoski, and has been around for a number of changes to the state’s funding and administrative structures for arts and culture.
The Arts Commission board has appointed a former staffer, Shannon Planchon, as interim director, until a full search can be made.
(This story was updated Thursday Oct. 31st.)