Heather Leavitt, exhibits director of the Durango Arts Center, has resigned. She would cite only "lack of leadership from the organization and lack of community support" as her reasons for leaving.
Leavitt is also the publisher of the quarterly Arts Perspective Magazine as well as a photographer and artist.
Her exit comes after that of Carson Jones as the center's executive director in March after less than a year on the job. Andreas Tischhauser's job as managing producer of the Diamond Circle Melodrama was cut in January.
The future of the melodrama was questioned on financial grounds by Rich Fletcher, secretary of the center's board of directors in March, and this month the arts center announced it has canceled the Durango Arts Festival this summer after 15 consecutive years.
Sculptor Preston Parrott, a member of the Durango Arts Center board of directors, said Wednesday he had heard of Leavitt's resignation.
When asked about the future of the center, Parrott said, "A lot of people are working on that."
The board of directors President Diane Panelli confirmed Thursday that "Heather left of her own volition to do something else. She was not fired.
"We're not the only nonprofit that's struggling," Panelli said. "If everyone in the community spent more action on helping the Arts Center rather than picking it apart, that would be more positive."
She said a board meeting is planned for next week.
Board member Fletcher did not return calls asking for comment.
Mirroring the center's uncertainty, its Web site currently says it is under construction.