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Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

The Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce will present it’s next “breakfast on us” in corporation with the Center for Appalachian Philanthropy and Main Street Portsmouth.

The breakfast will feature muralist Robert Dafford as he discusses murals on the Portsmouth Flood wall and his current project.

“We felt like since Robert is here and we really have not spent a lot of time in the community showcasing one of our greatest assets, the murals,” said Mandilyn Hart Executive Director, Center for Appalachian Philanthropy. “Robert is such a wonderful artist and is great to work with. He is always ready to sign autographs and visit with the community.”

Hart said Dafford is currently working on a mural dedicated to the Portsmouth Public Library on the side of the Scioto County Welcome Center.

“It just made a lot of sense to invite Dafford to be apart of this event. Afterwards we are going to talk about opportunities to use the murals to help with economic development in downtown Portsmouth,” Hart said. “Scott (Moore, President of Main Street Portsmouth) and I are going to share stories of how Paducah, Ky. has used their murals to increase tourism to a point where their annual revenue are phenomenal.”

Hart said time will be spent asking questions on what the community can do, what existing opportunities are, what roles the murals play in economic development and various other aspects.

When asked if the murals are currently being underutilized within the community, Hart said, “I think there are some attempts to do some wonderful things with the murals, but we’ve only got a few drops in the bucket and we have a bucket full of opportunity that we just need to engage people in.”

The event will take place on June 20 at 8 a.m. at the Scioto County Welcome Center. The event is free of charge and breakfast will be served.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Wayne on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.

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