Portland Museum of Art will host a public forum titled Whose Art Is It? Friday, April 8 from noon to 1:30 p.m., to facilitate a roundtable discussion about public ownership of public art and the controversial removal of the mural from Maine’s Department of Labor.

Participants will include “Labor Mural” artist Judy Taylor, Mark Bessire, Director of the Portland Museum of Art; Sharon Corwin, Director and Chief Curator of the Colby College Museum of Art; Christina Bechstein, Sculpture Professor and Director of Public Engagement at Maine College of Art; Chris O’Neil, Government Relations Consultant for the Portland Community Chamber; and Ray Richardson, co-host of “The Ray and Ted Show” on WLOB Radio AM/FM,.

An invitation was extended to Governor Paul LePage, who is unable to attend. The moderator for the event will be Alan Hinsey, president of ACH Productions, and producer and host of Maine’s premier statewide business television show “Mainebiz Sunday.” This free event is co-sponsored by the Portland Museum of Art; Colby, Bates and Bowdoin college art museums; and the Maine College of Art.

Portland Museum of Art is located downtown at 7 Congress Square. For more information, call 775-6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.

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