Members of a long-standing presidential arts and humanities commission are resigning Friday in protest of President Trump's comments on the violence in Charlottesville, Va., one of its members announced Friday morning.
The commission is made up of representatives from Broadway, Hollywood, and the arts and entertainment community. Actor Kal Penn tweeted the resignation letter Friday morning.
Former President Ronald Reagan established the commission in 1982, and it is one of several commissions that advise the president on a range of issues.
Members of the arts commission include Penn, director George C. Wolfe, painter and photographer Chuck Close, former head of cultural affairs for New Mexico Jill Udall, and entertainment executive Fred Goldring. Udall is the wife of Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.
The members of the commission are held over from former President Barack Obama's administration. Others on the panel resigned after Trump won the election in November.
Though the remaining commission members said they would remain in their roles until Trump announced successors, they decided to resign after the president's comments on the violence in Charlottesville.
The impending resignations come after the White House disbanded two corporate advisory councils this week after many of their members stepped down in response to Trump's remarks.
The arts commission is tasked with promoting a program called Turnaround Arts, pushing for economic revitalization through the arts, and undertaking cultural diversity.
First lady Melania Trump is the panel's honorary chairwoman, and the commission also includes ex officio members from the federal government who will remain in their roles.