Facing economic hardship, the Southern Oregon Arts Council is laying off its only two paid staff members.

Facing economic hardship, the Southern Oregon Arts Council is laying off its only two paid staff members.

Executive Director Lyn Godsey was laid off this week, and Arts Education Coordinator Kate Jack will be let go at mid-year, the organization announced in a letter Monday from board chairwoman Julie MacDiarmid to members.

The nonprofit organization has for many years run an Artists in the Schools program and the Lithia Springs music program.

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— John Darling